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Todd Akin: ‘This is an election, not a selection’

In his first press conference since last Sunday's disastrous interview, Rep. Todd Akin (R) told the Missouri Eagle Forum that he's still in the race against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) and plans to stay in until November.

"Apparently there are some people who are having trouble understanding our message. I'm going to be clear on that today," he said. "We're going to be here through the November election and I'm going to be here to win. There may be some negotiations, but they don't include me."

Akin allowed five questions. The response to most of his answers can be summed up thus: "Really?"

"I may not be the favorite candidate of some people in the Republican establishment," he said. "But the voters made a decision and this is an election, not a selection."

And, "I believe maybe America's got in trouble because we've paid too much attention to politics and not enough attention to principle." 

How will he campaign? "We campaign the same as we have in the past." 

After the press conference, one of Akin's sons said his father would start campaigning soon -- "we're going to keep him busy" -- but declined to provide any details of his schedule.

There was one question about threats against the congressman. He acknowledged that "there have been threats both on life and on rape" -- presumably meaning threats against him involving rape and murder.

 Akin continues to face pressure from Republicans to end his bid, although some social conservatives have rallied around him. He can end his campaign before Sept. 25 via a court order.

Among the dozen of so Akin supporters was Debra Kohl, 57, who said she backed Akin because as a "man of honor, integrity and a moral compass." "Do you know what a moral compass is?" she asked a reporter.

"C-o-m-p-a-s-s, compass."

Kohl said Akin's remarks have been turned into a circus by the liberal media. She said she agreed with Akin's view that women who are raped are unlikely to become pregnant.

"If you understand anything about a fight or flight response, you understand that's a possibility," she said.




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