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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.

Jay Buck August 20, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I think Richard Nixon said the same thing back in 1974.
PMS August 20, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Loose lips sink ships! This should be very interesting that is ALL I have to say!
Terry Biglin August 20, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Akin definitely needs to step down & give a candidate with more common sense a chance run against Claire McCaskill. It's not just a case of "foot in mouth".
Karen Miller August 20, 2012 at 06:14 PM
He's a sanctimonious moron! I hope this ends his political career!
Jim Descher August 20, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Now if he would only agree to be interviewed by someone who might actually ask tough questions rather than Huckabee, who referred to Akin as a "blessing" to Missouri on commercials during the primaries. I acknowledge that I did not hear the interview but, just guessing, can you get a more "softball" interview than from Mike Huckabee?
William Braudis August 20, 2012 at 06:18 PM
We are attempting to convince John Brunner's to revive his campaign.
Dennis August 20, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Got to love a legislator who seems to have gotten his health education behind some Missouri BARN!
James Schumaker August 20, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Missouri Democrats must be dancing in the streets.
Ron G. August 20, 2012 at 06:32 PM
What kind of idiot makes such a statement? Reminded me of the aspirin between the knees comment for contraception made by Santorum backer Foster Friess.
William Braudis August 20, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Please Dennis, get it correct, " in the Barn, in the Barn "
Claire Chosid August 20, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Maybe his campaign can survive this blunder. One thing I do know, however- every late night comedian is going to start his monologue tonight with a Todd Akin joke. Except for those on vacation.
Dan August 20, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Is there anyone out there who hasn't tripped over words and put his foot in his mouth? If gaffes disqualified someone from holding office, Obama (57 states) and Biden (too many to count) would be history. Akin is a Christian who believes in the sanctity of life but today in this country, it's easier to get an abortion than a job. Todd knows the damage that has been done by Claire in the last 4 years and he can help get our country on the right path once again.
Gerry Mac August 20, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Mr Akin should step down as the republican candidate. His comments will dog him through the entire campaign. Replacing Claire McCaskill is way too important to allow this very disastrous narrative to be the single issue thank defeat him in the fall. Sorry bud, I am a husband and the father of a daughter. In this forum i wouldn't dare say what notions I think you have in mind when you made that silly argument. But in the end, I won't be voting for this senate seat this year.
katie August 20, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Dear Dan - I wouldn't dare call this a gaffe. Not even close. He said it. He meant it, and now he probably regrets it, not because he feels differently, but because everyone knows EXACTLY where he is standing now. Believe in abortion or not, just don't legislate someone elses rights. You don't have to agree, but we all have to be free.
Dino McDonnell August 20, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Either way, he is going to loose. He should step down for the party.
RDBet August 20, 2012 at 07:20 PM
He may not lose, or he may. What's it matter? - what Akin believes is so damn wrong it is above partisan allegiance. Gerry Mac, I appreciate your statement above.
Peter Russo August 20, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Does anyone want to discuss the coming "bankruptcy of this country"? Does anyone want to discuss the $6 per gallon gasoline about to become reality? Does anyone want to predict if your job will be eliminated starting with year 2014? Do you want to know how expensive "ObamaMcCaskill-Health-TAX" will be? The largest TAX in history will be imposed starting 2014, just after the Nov election. All of your employers will be making layoff decisions as they are going to be "forced" to pay much higher medical insurance premiums for you. Your potential wage iincreases will be gone. Giving you the right to insure a 26 year old, and removing pre-existing conditions from Insurance will be costing YOU. Sounds good, but It does not come free All about to come upon us because of McCaskill's votes AGAINST Missouri's desires. While liberals can re-define "marriage" "Gay" "free" "patriotic" "Fee or Tax" "capitalism", this board is full of interest in Defining "rape" So be it, a real deflection of the issues is AKIN's Fault. Now, I believe Akin should step down from the race because his comments have nothing to do with tackling our real problems in Missouri. Although , McCaskill has "said" much more in her "VOTES", Her votes have inferred every Missourian as "Ignorant" and I take extreme acception to that. We should all know that a vote against What Akin said, is not a vote for McCaskill.
Daniel J Topik August 20, 2012 at 07:26 PM
I agree with you Dan. It was a damaging statement and a very serious error, however, I believe Congressman Akin can surive this. He is the best choice to represent the state of Missouri in the Senate. He is pro-life and that is more important then a misstatement. You have got my vote Congressman. Keep on fighting for what is right, that is, the protection of all life.
RegalT62 August 20, 2012 at 07:34 PM
It was not a gaffe or someone putting his foot in his mouth. He stated his belief, which is not based on anything remotely true, and in doing so let all voters know exactly what he thinks about rape and conception. As an elected official, he is in charge of public policy and I would not want someone ignorant of both the reality of rape and the reality of women's bodies to be making any policy for anyone. Appalling!
RegalT62 August 20, 2012 at 07:37 PM
It is fine for Mr. Akin to be "pro-life". He should never get a abortion then. But to remain so uninformed about rape and resulting pregnancy is horrible. I certainly don't think he belongs on the Congressional Science Committee.
george theodorakos August 20, 2012 at 08:18 PM
he is a goner....what a goof....McCaskill's strategy worked.....she will win in a landslide...I never did llike him but McCaskill is in it for her not the people...but this nails the coffin shut....he wont recover......romney castigated him today too....and he should step down and let someone else run against McCaskill......what a goof he is....then says he mispoke....think about he would be in the senate.....mispoke is not an excuse...but then again...look at the pass biden got with his racial remark.....
nmc August 20, 2012 at 09:10 PM
What was Biden's racial remark? I would submit that Biden knows about rape and pregnancy. I cannot imagine how Akin was able to get this far, but there should be no way a man this ignorant would be elected to the office of Senator. Actually, any office he would attain is inconceivable. Pun intended.
Marcia in Alabama August 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Great comment......
Marcia in Alabama August 20, 2012 at 11:23 PM
GAFFE?? If Akin had been forcibly butt raped, wonder what his sorry opinion would be.
Marcia in Alabama August 20, 2012 at 11:26 PM
What is truly worse..........is the GOP is full of "men" like Akin. Sure as hell isn't the GOP I was in for forty-five years! We moderates seniors are embarrassed to be called a Republican. Independent thinkers have left the GOP!
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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