Todd Akin petitions for support, blames liberal media for pressure to drop out; Update: ‘Thank you for standing up against the liberal elite’

With the deadline having come and gone for Rep. Todd Akin to withdraw without penalty from the race for a Missouri U.S. Senate seat, Akin has set up an online petition (and call for donations) called “Still Standing.”

“We all make mistakes,” says a statement on the site. “When you make a mistake you tell people you’re sorry, you don’t try and hide it. I made a mistake and I’m sorry.”

Although Akin’s tweet blames the liberal media for the pressure on him to withdraw his candidacy, followers note that conservatives’ voices were the loudest. Just hours before, Sean Hannity had urged Akin, a guest on his radio show, to drop out of the race, citing calls from Mitt Romney and others for Akin to bow out.

Akin’s statements today strongly suggest he’s determined to stay in the race for good, although he has until September 25 to withdraw with a court order.


More from Akin on the intimidation tactics of the “liberal elite”:

  • syvyn11

    Can Steeleman run as a write in?

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady I hope Missouri voters vote for Akin. Not because Akin is so good, but because McCaskill is so bad. No write ins, they only help McCaskill. There is only one hope (other than Akin changing his mind) and that is having him beat McCaskill.

    And there are plenty of other conservative races that need help. Go help those conservatives.

  • Winghunter

    Aiken’s voting record is more Conservative than almost anyone that we can think
    Shall we wake up and smell what’s going on here or shall we draw and quarter the man for his opinion on what he’s already soul searching for the truth on?

    • TLKensington

      I vote draw and quarter.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    We need to fight on and get over this. Akin make his decision. I think it is the wrong one, but he made it. He misspoke and frankly he is what you have to work with. A third party run will not cut it. McCaskill might end up winning this but Akin still is the only chance the GOP has to take this seat. So Missouri voters should suck it up and pull the lever for Akin. Because McCaskill is worse.

    • Cyborg0012

      I hate the situation, but you are correct as always, ELB. We cannot continue to cry over this spilt milk. It just keeps the media talking the more we push at him. He made a foolish choice and we have to push on. Getting McCaskill out needs to take a priority. He does need to be punished, though.

    • TLKensington

      Problem is that he won’t have the funding to win. The establishment won’t give him a dime.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady
  • wildguy21

    Steelman can run as a third party but Aiken still has until Sept. 25th to petition to the courts to drop out of the race. We need to keep harassing his campaign and make sure he drops out.

  • Grumpa Grumpus

    It is the Proggies gone scalp hunting.

    As has been posted various places on here they applaud raping 13 year olds when she’s been drugged.

    If you think they were only being apologists for Pulaski you didn’t read very closely. Oopsi Goldberg’s comment alone should wake you up! That the Proggies have insisted, w/the same degree of outrage, that an ultrasound is rape you know that they’re using the charge w/o regard for the damage done to the social stigma of rape!

    What they’re actually doing, when they hyperventilate this way — using a poorly expressed but legitimate point open of discussion as a cudgel to divide their opponents is the equivalent, in the mechanics of open debate, of a false rape accusation. They have no interest in the dmage they do, just the political expediency of the charge.

    And there are people “on our side” who jump to help them.

  • Grumpa Grumpus

    Thinking about it, I would just like to add that I stick by the rule I stated here months ago:

    You should research all sides’ facts in an argument, in order to make an intelligent decision.

    If, for some reason beyond your control, you’re unable to do that there is one procedure that will statistically yield the correct answer:

    If John McCain picks a side in an issue, pick the opposite.

    In that way you can be content that in almost all cases you’ll be doing the correct thing.

  • TLKensington

    Playing the “liberal media” card needs to be done with more thought. Lots of times the media does attack conservatives while letting liberal crap slide. BUT there is a reason why the media focused on this. His comments were insane and then some people defended him. Luckily lots on the right denounces his comments. So the moral of the story, is if you have a magnify glass on you…. is to not do something insane. You need to behave extra hard and don’t give the media anything. You can argue why did the news cover this way more than the Minnesota rep who had relations with a 17 y/o, and you would have a point. But there are so many hours in a day and the Akin story took up most of them. There was an added level of excited in the press since the deadline to drop out was coming up.

  • Judie Stang

    The Liberals are the ones that got you in by crossing over in the primary. They knew you would be the easiest for Mc CAskill to defeat. Help your country get rid of Obamacare. Please drop out!

  • Streetiebird

    We all know conservatives want him out now that he’s given away their game. I mean, how can you conduct a war on women when guys like this are blabbing about it all over the place?

    Since early 2011 there have been 916 measures introduced by conservatives to curb women’s reproductive rights. But hardly anyone was paying attention until this Akin guy gets all loudmouthed about it!!

  • TXJenny

    Todd Akin is right not to bow to political pressure (some of which came
    from y’all). You spread a stat (5% or 32,101 rape-related pregnancies)
    from a *phone survey* in order to paint him as a kook. Phone surveys on rape belong in magazines like Redbook or Cosmopolitan; they should not constitute “legitimate” medical research.
    The CDC cherry-picked an opinion survey study that is two decades old in
    order to serve the Left’s agenda…and y’all not only fell for it but
    you used it against one of our own. You took the bait and then poured
    kerosene on a fire you could have easily stamped out. If Republicans
    lose that senate seat, it won’t be Todd Akin’s responsibility; it will
    be yours. Todd Akin deserves your support. You owe it to him and to
    the rest of America.