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August 21st, 2012
06:42 AM ET

Starting Point live blog for Tuesday, Aug. 21st, 2012

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We've opened a live blog for "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" this morning, to talk about the latest calls for Rep. Todd Akin to withdraw from the Missouri Senate race, Augusta National's historic decision reports of director Tony Scott's death, the Presidential race war of words heating up and Missouri Rep. Akin backtracking on his comments on rape. Soledad and our Starting Point producers will be moderating.

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  1. Tia

    I believe it is a noble thing that Tod Atkins,released a video statement of his all inspiring remorse for speaking before he thought,by making a crude and rude statement like legitimate rape doesn't lead to pregnancy. I believe he would be doing himself and everyone else a huge service,by stepping down as Missouri's Representative asap,before he puts his foot in his mouth over more pressing issues,that doesn't help the cause that he is suppose to represent! Truly it's for the best....

    August 21, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Malcolm Kantzler

    Apology or not, Todd Ryan's ignorance and unfitness to govern, and the danger of Republican extremism's unknowns, revealed in these kinds of incidents, have been exposed and remain a real and present threat. The People are fortunate to have had this opportunity to see through the mask of Republican extremism in time to vote accordingly, across the board.

    August 21, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Tia

    It's commendable at best that Tod Atkins makes a so called heartfelt video after he first spoke thoughtlessly,before he thought,concerning Legitimate Rape. I think he is not only doing a noble thing,yet the right thing,by steppin down from the Missouri Senate, asap! It's all for the best before he really puts his foot in his mouth,on even greater issues!

    August 21, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Malcolm Kantzler

    The fact is that since the Constitution does not expressly empower the federal government to pass law with respect to abortion, that power falls to the states, and then to the people. Roe vs. Wade is a court ruling on states abortion restrictions. So what any person running for senate of congress thinks about abortion is really irrelevant, unless a constitutional amendment is passed that brings abortion within the scope of federal influence.

    August 21, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Malcolm Kantzler

    Ignorance drives much of the world’s extremism. Todd Akin has reaffirmed that, in conservative-Republican extremism, ignorance has run amok.

    Todd Akin on no abortions: “The female body has ways to shut these things [contraception after rape] down.”—and he’s on a science committee?

    U can tweet these.

    August 21, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mark Newsom

      To say that Todd Akin speaks for all Republicans is wrong. A man spoke and that man clearly stands alone in accountability and responsibility for the words he alone chose and used. Those that engage in stereotyping and assumptions should do a self evaluation as to whether or not they themselves have become an extremist. I know not one person who would agree with Todd Akin's ignorant choice of words or even the root beliefs that may have led him to close those words.

      August 21, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Malcolm Kantzler

        Unfortunately, as policy goes, and as far as what Romney and Ryan have done and how they have voted in the past, Akin does speak for Republicans, in terms of the insistent attempts by Republicans—whose rhetoric is less government intrusion into our lives—to insert government into the lives of women and their families when it comes to abortion and other issues. When Republicans stop talking in contradiction to their actions, then they can distance themselves from the nut-jobs who want to use government power to rule over what should be private decisions on a family, health, and clerical issue, where government has no business telling responsible adults in those fields what they should collectively decide to do based on their own beliefs and circumstances. Akin is but one example of Republican extremism on abortion that has been shown to be offensive, ignorant, and that clearly demonstrates you never really know what you're getting when you elect someone, and that no one who gets elected really has the wisdom to presume they should make those kinds of decisions for other people, and that it's dangerous to allow them to do so. Republicans need to start doing as they say and stop trying to bring government control into the issues of people's private lives.

        August 21, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mark Newsom

    Regarding Akin: although his apology seems sincere, I think the damage is already done. He should step back for the greater good. It is interesting how we choose who to forgive and who we won't. Regarding the "white people" comment: I'm getting more and more offended by that term. Each time you hear "white people" used, it is always in a negative context. Let's see how much racial sensitivity will be extended towards "white people" as more of them let it be known this sincere feeling. We all need to be mindful of the tone we take when seeking of other races.

    August 21, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse | Reply

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