With Senate control at stake, Texas Republicans condemn Akin




Posted on August 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM

By now, you've likely heard or read that controversial comment from Missouri Republican senate candidate, Rep. Todd Akin:

"It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

Yet on Tuesday, Akin vowed to continue his campaign, despite calls from several Republicans for him to step aside.

With the possible Republican retaking of the Senate at stake, Texans in Congress continue to condemn his remarks while nudging him to leave the race.

Not everyone is unhappy with this situation.

Texas Democrats gleefully tried to tie Akin to Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, saying Tuesday Cruz agrees with Akin since both oppose abortion even after a rape.

But Akin's become a skunk at the garden party, and Texas Republicans are sharing roles in trying to show him the exit.

Dallas Congressman Jeb Hensarling, the fourth-most powerful Republican in the House, added his criticism of Akin after speaking to the East Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

"Well clearly what he said was outrageous, it was provocative, it was indefensible, frankly, it is nonsensical," Hensarling said.

But Hensarling didn't go as far as urging Akin to quit the race.

"That's a decision between him, his family, his constituents," he said.

Republicans want the Missouri Senate seat from the Democrats to take control of the Senate.

Texas Senator John Cornyn leads the effort to take back the Senate, and the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee he heads wants Akin gone, saying Akin will get no financial support from them.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison Tuesday nudged Akin, too.

"I urge the congressman to reconsider whether his continued candidacy for the U.S. Senate is in the best interest of his constituents," she said in a statement.

Other Texas Republicans, like former President Bush advisor Karl Rove, said the super PAC he's associated with, Crossroads GPS,  will pull its millions from the race.

"[T]here's no way he can recover, in my opinion, so our group decided if he remains the nominee, there's no reason to throw good money after bad," Rove told Fox News.

With the White House and Senate at stake, Texas Republicans don't want a flawed candidacy elsewhere overshadowing the national convention starting next week.

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