He advised me that it would be good for me to step down. I told him that I was going to be looking at this very seriously, trying to weigh all the different points on this.Rep. Todd Akin • Discussing the phone call the embattled Missouri Senate candidate took from Paul Ryan recently, urging him to quit the race after Akin made controversial remarks on abortion. Despite reports that he would quit, Akin chose to stay in the race, ignoring a deadline to drop out. However, Akin, who will not go to Tampa for the convention, said he will not apologize for the fact he’s pro-life.
» What “bounce”? And, as it turns out, Romney’s pick of Ryan didn’t exactly give him a desired jump in the polls. Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight puts it like so: “This is a below-average ‘bounce’ for the selection of a vice presidential candidate. In past elections, the bounce has averaged in the neighborhood of 4 percentage points instead.” Silver has Romney well behind Obama in the electoral vote count.