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Calls for Akin to quit Senate race mount after insensitive rape remark

By CALLIE MORAN - Capitol Hill Blue
August 21, 2012

Rep. Todd Akin: Open mouth, insert foot (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Senior GOP operatives and Republican leaders are urging Rep. Todd Akin to get out of the race against incumbent Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill after his controversial comments about abortions for women who have been raped, Capitol Hill Blue has learned.

Akin faces a deadline of 5 p.m. Tuesday to withdraw as contributions to his campaign have dried up and GOP campaign committees are threatening to withhold money from his once-promising campaign to unseat popular Democratic incumbent McCaskill.

Akin’s troubles began Sunday when St. Louis television station KTVI aired Akin’s response to a question on whether or not he would support abortions for women who have been raped.

Responded Akin:

It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.

That answer sparked an immediate nationwide uproar and condemnations from both Democrats and Republicans, including presumptive GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his vice presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Akin is trying to control the damage with apologies.  Claiming he “misspoke,” Akin said Monday:

Rape is never legitimate. It’s an evil act. It’s committed by violent predators. I used the wrong words the wrong way.

Few, however, are buying into Akin’s attempts at damage control and calls for him to step aside are mounting.

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5 Responses to Calls for Akin to quit Senate race mount after insensitive rape remark

  1. Sandy Price

    August 21, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I wrote a comment and it was rejected!

  2. Sandy Price

    August 21, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I will keep my comments to myself and go away

  3. therealraven

    August 21, 2012 at 11:07 am

    He’ll probably get elected.

  4. woody188

    August 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Akin’s comment makes me wonder if he or someone he knows was accused of rape. His remark shows he has no concern for the victims of that violent crime, like he blames them for being attacked. “They must have wanted it or they wouldn’t have dressed like a slut,” seems to be Akin’s mentality.

  5. Jim B.

    August 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    If Akin does decide to stay in the race, President Obama will be thinking, “Oh, thank you, God, for this manna from heaven!”

    Just when all the spotlights had moved from shining on the Rom to shining on Biden, they are now blindingly bright on Akin and there’s plenty of light-scatter on the Republican Party and the Rom as a result.

    RE: how Akin ever got this knuckle-dragging idea about doctors telling him that a raped woman has natural defenses against becoming pregnant, I wonder…now, of course, this is pure speculation….if he was listening to one doctor tell him about a patient or two who were raped but did not become pregnant…and Akin took that microscopic sample of raped women and expanded it to cover all women who are raped…but hey, it’s dangerous and scary to poke around about the mind of man like Akin…Yikes!…Gotta go and wash my hands.