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Better East Texas: Aiken's words

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By Pat Stacey

Missouri Congressman Todd Aiken is in big trouble.  Aiken is running for a federal senate seat in Missouri and was leading his opponent in the polls recently.  But he has essentially blown his chance of being elected because of comments he made about a woman's body, pregnancy and what Representative Aiken called "legitimate rape".  He has since claimed that he misspoke and while I can certainly see where this would not have been a campaign killer if he had truly just misspoken.  Representative Aiken claims that his word did not reflect his heart.  But in reality, when you listen to the sound bite, he goes on to explain what he means and digs himself into a deeper hole.  So this is more than poor word choice – he blew it.  There have been many calls from powerful members of the Republican party including Mitt Romney for him to drop out of the race for Senate, but that should be left up to Missouri voters to decide.  A loss by Aiken could ultimately damage republican efforts to gain control back of the Senate but, again, the decision should be left to the voters.  If he stays in the race, he will lose a load of PAC money as well.  Politicians are reminded through this incident that your words and actions – good or bad - are what voters will remember.  This may ultimately be this campaign season's story of self destruction and it may be well deserved.

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