While the GOP voted to have a platform that is thoroughly pro-life and that supports banning abortion, they didn't put any emphasis on Todd Akin. After all, Akin has been the one who has consistently taken a biblical stand on the issue of abortion. He is firmly against abortion for any reason, including incest and rape. I fully support him in that stand.
Eric Rauch from Political Outcast rightly points this out in an article titled GOP Convention Goes To Bat For Akin. In the piece he writes,
Yesterday, the GOP Convention voted in favor of a party platform that supported banning abortion. This came on the heels of a CNN poll released late last week that showed that the vast majority of Americans favored either very limited legality or complete illegality of abortion. For once, the GOP seems to be making a statement and sticking to it.
What is particularly interesting about this decision is that the GOP has essentially taken Todd Akin’s position and not Mitt Romney’s. However ineloquently it was stated, Akin’s position is one of total pro-life, while Romney’s is a compromise. The majority of respondents in the CNN poll claimed that the life or health of the mother or the instance of pregnancy by rape or incest should be grounds for a legal abortion. Todd Akin disagreed, which is, in reality, the consistent pro-life position. Romney tends to side with the poll respondents. Now it appears that the GOP is siding overwhelmingly with Akin. Good for them. Maybe Republicans are finally getting sick of the media dictating to them what they are allowed to believe (but I’m not holding my breath just yet).
I agree with his assessment. Akin has firmly stood up for the unborn, while Romney's record has shown that he has not done that. However, while the principle is at least upheld in the platform, the GOP is not backing Akin in the least. In fact, Romney and the Republicans have called for Akin to step out of the race. But it's now gone further than that.
Now RNC Chair Reince Priebus comes out and and insinuated Akin is in the race for political gain. At the same time Priebus says he's not in things for political gain. In fact, Priebus goes on to say that he's concerned for the direction of the country and is about liberty and freedom and that if a person doesn't have a chance to win, they should step aside and let someone who can win. Well hold on. What is the person doesn't hold the same values as the person Mr. Priebus says should step down? Just because someone can win does not mean they should win.
Priebus then finished the interview stating that there would be no more support from the RNC for Todd Akin. Well there you have it. Akin can win and has been serving his district for over a decade. The man knows how to win, but the RNC leader that says he has no political aspirations won't send Akin anymore support or money.
According to Dana Loesch "Akin would need to raise well over $100k each day to remain financially competitive with Claire McCaskill. Priebus also stated in a separate interview earlier that Mike Huckabee was still slated to speak at the RNC, despite having seemingly characterized Akin dissenters as 'prophets of Baal.'"
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