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.
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.