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By Trying to Force Akin Out of the Race, Republicans Again Eat Their Own

Contact: Janet Cook, Vision America Action, 936-560-3900, janet@visionamerica.org

NACOGDOCHES, Texas, Aug. 21, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- "It's disturbing and disheartening to watch Republicans turn on their Missouri Senate nominee, Rep. Todd Akin," said Vision America Action President Dr. Rick Scarborough.

Five current or former U.S. Senators have urged Akin to withdraw. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has told the Congressman that if he stays in, it will pull $2 million from his race.

"Rep. Akin made a comment about rape that's absolutely indefensible. He made a heartfelt apology. Let's move on," Scarborough declared. "It's also important to put this into context. The comment was made in the course of an otherwise admirable defense of the right to life. The Congressman was saying: Don't punish the child for the rapist. With that, I very much agree."

Scarborough continued: "What I find particularly galling is that Democrats can commit not verbal slips, but actual crimes, and get away with it. Former President Bill Clinton will address the Democratic Nominating Convention. Mr. Clinton lied under oath and committed adultery in the Oval Office, with one of his employees -- a woman half his age. There is credible evidence that, as Arkansas Attorney General, he committed sexual assault. He's one of only two presidents to be impeached. Where are the demands that Clinton withdraw as a convention speaker?"

"After allegations of sexual indiscretions in sealed divorce records, which were leaked to the media, Republican leaders pressured Jack Ryan to withdraw from the 2004 Illinois Senate race. That's how we ended up with Barack Obama in the White House -- a steep price to pay for Republican squeamishness."

Scarborough expressed the hope that Akin would stay in the race. "One thoughtless remark should not be allowed to destroy an honorable man. Missouri voters -- who gave Akin the GOP Senate nomination -- are wise enough to decide who they'd prefer to send to Washington, ultra-liberal Clair McCaskill or a decent man and an authentic conservative who misspoke."

The mission of Vision America Action is to inform, encourage and mobilize pastors and their congregations to be proactive in restoring Judeo-Christian values to the moral and civic framework in their communities, state and our nation. Pastor Scarborough has led Christian voter education and registration drives for over a decade.

For more information on Vision America Action, visit
www.visionamericaaction.org.  To schedule an interview with Dr. Scarborough, contact Janet Cook at 936-560-3900 or janet@visionamerica.org.