Todd Akin is fundraising off the fact that the so-called “party bosses” have abandoned him and his campaign. But not everyone at the Republican National Convention thinks the embattled Senate candidate needs to drop out.
At an event with pollster Frank Luntz on Monday, three Tennessee delegates said they did not feel Akin needed to drop out of the race, the Memphis Flyer reports.
Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr explained later that he in fact agreed with Akin’s revisionist biology, that the female body has a mechanism for preventing pregnancy in the case of rape.
Moreover, he felt “that Republicans had no business telling a bona fide Republican primary winner what to do.”
Republicans who have called for Akin to drop out include presidential nominee Mitt Romney, vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Carr bought a painting from Luntz for $3,000 during an auction held before the event.
When Carr explained that he didn’t think Akin should leave the race, Luntz reportedly told Carr: “I don’t know what you’re saying, but you can still have the painting.”