Tom Schweich, Missouri's Republican state auditor, implied in a statement that Rep. Todd Akin might still bow out of the Senate race, saying his party is working "to find a path forward." Schweich is one of a handful of Republicans whom GOP officials are considering to replace Akin if he steps down, a GOP source told TPM Monday. Akin has said that he will not leave the race.
Here's the full statement:
"The Missouri Republican Party is going through a difficult time due to the shocking and very offensive comments from our Party's nominee for the United States Senate. While our Party sorts through this issue and works to find a path forward, we must keep one fact in mind: our ultimate objective in this election is to defeat Senator Claire McCaskill and her pro-Obama agenda and replace her with someone who will truly represent Missouri's best interests. Senator McCaskill's decision to support the Obama administration's misguided policies has resulted in millions of unemployed Americans and trillions in debt, and it is imperative that we replace her this year, not six years from now."