Phyllis Schlafly: I never told Akin to drop out

September 4, 2012

Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly says she never urged Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) to end his bid against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), contrary to a BuzzFeed report.

Schlafly has been a vocal supporter of Akin ever since he mused about "legitimate rape," even as most prominent Republicans abandoned the congressman. So it would be significant if she had private doubts about his electability. But she says it isn't so.  

"I criticized his campaign, but in no way was that meant to urge him to get out," she told The Post. "I was very critical of the staff and it was a strong statement to urge him to hire good people." She added that she believed Akin was following her advice; he recently hired Rick Tyler, a long-time aide to Newt Gingrich. 

The meeting in question happened in Tampa, shortly before the Republican National Convention, during a conference held by the conservative Center for National Policy. Schlafly said that anyone who claimed she wanted Akin to drop out must have misunderstood. She noted that at the same event, she held a fundraiser for Akin's campaign. 

 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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