It appears that Republican Senate hopeful Todd Akin has more support than we thought. Newt Gingrich, unlike most of the Republicans who abandoned Akin after his controversial remarks on “legitimate rape” and “abortion,” has left the media stunned after backing Akin and saying that he thinks he should remain in the race.
Former Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich left no doubt regarding his views on Senate hopeful Todd Akin’s statement, saying that everyone makes mistakes and we should not be forcing him to drop out of the race. His comments came during his Sunday appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press”.
“I think Todd Akin as the choice of the people of Missouri,” Gingrich said. “I think Todd Akin has publically apologized, and the last poll shows he’s beating the Democratic senator. I think that we ought to go from that.”
Hostcould not hide his amazement. “You’re the first Republican, frankly, Newt, I’ve heard who said that he should stay in the race.” Gingrich said his comments are in response to roundtable guest , who said that “Todd Akin should go,” leading to the topic of abortion.
“I just think people ought to be a little cautious about saying the voters of Missouri don’t count,” Gingrich added.
Gingrich also condemned Republican strategist for his comments about murdering Akin. “In the age of Gabby Giffords, it is not a joke to say that a member of Congress ought to get murdered,” he said. “I’m frankly fed up with the one-sided bias.”
He insisted that Akin’s gaffe is no worse than Vice President ’s, referring to Biden’s comments about putting voters “back in chains” during a campaign rally in Virginia. He said if someone is asking Akin to quit the race he should also question the vice presidency of Biden.
The GOP establishment wants someone else to replace Akin, as it continues to pressurize him to withdraw from the race. Before Akin’s comments, political groups had been pouring in millions to blast democratic candidate McCaskill with negative ads and victory seemed just around the corner. However, following the comments, the tables have turned in favor of the Democrats.
Nonetheless, many argue that there are so many other issues on which the two candidates differ, and it’s difficult to imagine someone supporting Akin would suddenly jump towards McCaskill after one controversial comment.