Todd Akin Staying In The Senate Race Despite Rape Remark: 'I'm Not a Quitter'

The Wildwood Republican told Mike Huckabee's national radio program Monday afternoon he will not step down as the Missouri GOP's nominee despite firestorm over weekend comments about "legitimate rape."

U.S. Representative Todd Akin Monday called  interview about rape "a very serious error," but told former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee's radio audience that he feels "just as strongly as ever" about the need to be the Missouri Republican Party's nominee to defeat U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill in November.

"I'm not a quitter," Akin told Huckabee in the afternoon interview. Huckabee has been a supporter of Akin's in the primary campaign and endorsed the Wildwood Republican in television interviews.

Akin's comments claiming "legitimate rape" would not cause a woman to get pregnant have drawn criticism from Democrats and Republicans. In an interview with National Journal, Mitt Romney, called the statements "insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong."

In the Huckabee interview, Akin said he had not been contacted by the Romney campaign or the Republican Senate Campaign Committee about dropping out of the race.

Monday afternoon, he quoted John Paul Jones in saying "I've not yet begun to fight," while attempting to pivot the conversation to Claire McCaskill's record on the economy. But he acknowledged, "I'm not perfect," when Huckabee asked how he'll address the issue when it comes up in the remainder of the campaign.

Candidates have until Tuesday afternoon to withdraw as the nominee of their party for the November election in Missouri.

Vanessa Meadows August 20, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I get that there are much bigger issues at hand, and that one could "spin", as happens in most political issues, that he was speaking from a pro-life stand point. I may not agree, but I don't really mind that. What I DO mind is that not only is he stating that "legitimate (real, not wrongly accused) rape does not result in a pregnancy" not only is stating that he is an idiot who needs to repeat 10th grade biology, but he ALSO is calling out hundreds if not thousands of rape victims who DID have a resulting pregnancy and calling them liars. I mean, is it SERIOUSLY necessary to re-victimize these victims over and over? Honestly, I wouldn't pull my vote from him for his comment as it stands (if I were actually interested in voting for him to begin with) no matter how horrible. I would pull my vote from him because of the complete lack of empathy and concern for his female constituents who may at some point in their lives be raped and have a resulting pregnancy and be faced with a Senator who doesn't believe that their plight is "legitimate". If he has that little concern for those who have already endured more than they should have at the hands of a criminal, what else will he likely turn his back on because it could be considered "illegitimate"?
William Braudis August 21, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Peter, a truly wonderful statement indicating that there really are issues in the near future that will effect all American far worse than defining rape.
E. Witzen August 21, 2012 at 05:07 AM
I hope he stays in, and Republicans need to own him, because he's coming straight out of the GOP playbook. He and Paul Ryan co-sponsored a failed bill last year to redefine rape. Thankfully it failed. He's not pro-life, he's anti-woman. He has made a number of statements, about ending the voting rights acts, about ending school lunches for poor and working-class children, about liberals, and now, cavalierly, about the rape of women, that show what sort of candidate he is, a complete and total nutcase and disgrace. But he is whom Missouri Republicans have chosen, there are people on here who support him no matter what, so if Missouri hankers that badly to have this walking disgrace represent the state, alongside hypocrite Roy Blunt (Mr. Family Values who divorced his wife and married his lobbyist girlfriend, among other winning actions), then so be it. Every woman in Missouri who votes for this man, though, will have ratified his outrageous, anti-women statements.
E. Witzen August 21, 2012 at 05:10 AM
The US isn't going "bankrupt." All of your other statements are akin to this one, completely off the charts in terms of their detachment from reality. Vote however you want, but please, step outside the right-wing echo chamber and learn some macroeconomics and microeconomics, pronto. You'll be able to trim your rant by 4/5ths next time.
Dino McDonnell August 21, 2012 at 12:55 PM
If Todd Akin does not step down from the Senate race, he will bring down the entire Republican ticket here in Missouri and possibly the nation. His mistake has national implications and I hope the national republican party puts enormous pressure on him to step down before today’s deadline. He will never be able to recover from this fatal error. This was a trick question and all he had to do is say so and move on to the next question. He should have known better. If this would have come out before the primary, he would not be the candidate today.


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