Akin Blames `Liberal Media Elite’ – @stillstanding

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Rep. Todd Akin during a news conference on the new Health and Human Services Department abortion rule on March 21, 2012.

The way Todd Akin Tweets it, “the liberal media” are out to get him.

In a string of messages on Twitter since the Republican candidate for Senate in Missouri vowed to carry on his campaign, including a fundraising appeal to supporters, Akin has blamed the liberal media for the situation he’s in.

This is the “liberal elite” calling for the congressman to get out of the Senate race:

Mitt Romney, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for president.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate.

Roy Blunt, the Republican senator from Missouri.

John Ashcroft, attorney general for President George W. Bush and senator from Missouri.

John Danforth, former Republican senator from Missouri.

Kit Bond, former Republican senator from Missouri.

Jim Talent, former Republican senator from Missouri.

American Crossroads, the super-PAC campaigning against Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, a group co-founded by Bush strategist Karl Rove.

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee.

“Donations are pouring in,” Akin writes in one Twitter message. “Thank you for standing up against the liberal elite .”

It was in an interview on the FOX News affiliate in St. Louis on Sunday in which Akin explained his opposition to abortion in cases of rape by saying pregnancy rarely results from “legitimate rape” because a woman’s body has a way to “shut that whole thing down” in situations like that. He has announced his intentions of staying in the race, after all the calls from within his own party to withdraw, on FOX radio shows — Mike Huckabee’s and Sean Hannity’s.

He has since apologized for saying what he said and is airing a TV ad seeking forgiveness.

“To be clear, all of us understand that rape can result in pregnancy & I have great empathy for all victims,” Akin wrote in one Twitter message. “I regret misspeaking.”

Huckabee alerted his audience to Akin’s apology, and his determination to stay in the race — “Just sayin”’ — on Twitter.

Akin will play to a base of voters adamantly opposed to abortion, a Right to Life movement deeply rooted in Missouri, and in the process will portray “the liberal media” as the enemy. It plays well on FOX, and could play well in fundraising. Akin clearly hopes so:

ReTweet his message, Akin Tweets, “if you won’t let the liberal elite push you around!”

“A lot of negativity has been driven my way by the liberal elite,” he writes. “Makes me even more thankful for your support.”

“We can’t be intimidated by the liberal elite. I will continue standing for life,” he writes. “Will you?

“I apologized but the liberal media is trying to make me drop out. ”

“I am #stillstanding. Will you stand with me? ”

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