“Legitimate Rape” Rep. Todd Akin Refuses to Pull Out

by Staff on August 21, 2012

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Representative Todd Akin, a six-term House member and contender in the Missouri Senate race, has been under fire since stating that pregnancy can be avoided in cases of “legitimate rape” because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down”.

Akin’s comments have caused an uproar on both sides of the house. Both Democrats and Republicans have called for Akin to step aside in the senate race.

Akin, however, refuses to pull out.

“Let me just make it clear … that we are not getting out of this race. We are in this race for the long haul and we are going to win it,” Akin said in an interview with conservative radio host Dana Loesch.

“I said one word in one sentence on one day, and everything changed,” Akin told former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. “I believe the defense of the unborn and a deep respect for life … are not things to run away from.”

Now, even GOP political contender Mitt Romney and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are calling on Akin to withdrawal.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has said it would yank $5 million in advertising if Akin remained in the race. NRSC Communications Director Brian Walsh said the campaign committee will continue to withhold its “support and resources” if Akin presses on with a “misguided campaign.”

“The stakes in this election are far bigger than any one individual. By staying in this race, congressman Akin is putting at great risk many of the issues that he and others in the Republican Party are fighting for, including the repeal of ObamaCare,” Walsh said.

Akin can pull out with little consequence if he does so by 6 p.m. Eastern Time today. Past that, however, Missouri statute states that a court order would be required to remove Akin from the ballot and that he would be responsible for paying reprinting costs.

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