Democracy Under Attack.
Added for DV2, and all women for that matter.
Lord knows I do not agree with the statements of Rep. Todd Akin. However, the GOP calling upon a legitimately elected candidate to step down in favor of another that may have a better chance of winning is a slap in the face of democracy. Disenfranchising the voter's choice with the selection of a candidate by a "committee" is something I would expect to read about in some third-world country with a "ruling council". Like it or not Akin won the GOP primary with votes from Americans. To call for negating those votes is truly UNAMERICAN. Akin has made his bed, now he should run in it. And the GOP needs to stop trying to disenfranchise American voters.
Aug 21 (Reuters) - A deadline passed on Tuesday evening with no indication from Republican U.S. Representative Todd Akin that he would bow to party pressure and quit the Missouri Senate race over his controversial remarks on abortion and rape.
Missouri election law gave Akin until 5 p.m. local time (6 p.m. EDT) to take himself off the Nov. 6 ballot in the Senate race against Democrat Claire McCaskill.
Party leaders including Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell had strongly urged him to step down.
But the Republican has vowed to stay in the contest, saying he represents a conservative movement that must be heard.
A staunch opponent of abortion rights, Akin claimed in a television interview on Sunday that women could not get pregnant from "legitimate rape" when asked about his opposition to abortion even in cases of rape and incest.