Senate candidate apologizes, but won't abandon race

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri Republican congressman Todd Akin is apologizing for his televised comments in which he said women's bodies are able to prevent pregnancies if they are victims of a "legitimate rape."

Appearing on former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's radio show, Akin said he had "used the wrong words the wrong way." He says rape is "never legitimate" -- and that it's an "evil act" committed by "violent predators."

At least two Republican senators today joined the calls for Akin to leave the Missouri Senate race in which he is challenging Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.

But Akin says he's "not a quitter."

Still, he may have problems paying for his campaign. An official with the National Republican Senatorial Committee says the head of the group -- Sen. John Cornyn -- called Akin today to tell him that the committee had withdrawn $5 million in advertising it had planned for his campaign.

Cornyn is calling Akin's comments "indefensible," and suggesting he take 24 hours to consider what's best for him, his family and his party.

Mitt Romney has also denounced Akin's comments, telling the National Review they were "insulting, inexcusable and frankly wrong."

President Barack Obama, meanwhile, says Akin's remarks underscore why male politicians should not be making health decisions on behalf of women.


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  • by bias at its best on Aug 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM
    Wow the soolist media led by the hate america first crowd are all over this guy over a stupid choice of words. Yet nary a word about one of their own and a 17 year old boy.
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      by Yes on Aug 21, 2012 at 03:26 PM in reply to bias at its best
      Do you mean Mark "page bender" Foley or that airport bathroom senator dude from Idaho?
  • by JoJo Location: GJT on Aug 21, 2012 at 10:43 AM
    All he had was a regretable gaff. Dems have them all the time. He can still win. Lay off!
  • by Oops on Aug 21, 2012 at 04:26 AM
    There WAS a good chance he would have beat McCaskill(sp?)
  • by Scott on Aug 20, 2012 at 04:42 PM
    On the plus side, I'll be he, Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman get along fantastically!
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      by Anonymous on Aug 21, 2012 at 09:50 AM in reply to Scott
      More like the blithering idiot Biden, Bloomberg, or the typical blonds, Warren and DW Schultzy. Man I can go on and on of politicians who are complete boneheads on the Dems side all the way to the top in the Whitehouse, who are just misspeaking or quoting Communist Murders as their heroes.
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        by Scott on Aug 21, 2012 at 04:27 PM in reply to
        Anything to turn it around on the democrats, I guess.
  • by SAM Location: Grand Junction on Aug 20, 2012 at 03:34 PM
    Republicans like Akin are the reason we have Obama for President today. This man is a total moron and it makes me sick to think that someone like him has been a part of the legislation of this country for years. I hope that he is not only, not elected, but that he is driven out of politics forever.
  • by Bob Location: Grand Junction on Aug 20, 2012 at 02:19 PM
    Apology NOT accepted please step down immediately :(
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