Akin says he’ll stay in the race
By JUSTIN DUCKHAM
Talk Radio News Service
WASHINGTON – Rep. Todd Akin, a Republican congressman from Missouri running to represent the state in the U.S. Senate, said Monday that he will continue to campaign despite the controversy surrounding his suggestion that “legitimate” rape victims rarely become pregnant.
“I’m not a quitter,” Akin said during an interview on Mike Huckabee’s radio show on Monday. Akin added that has not faced inter-party pressure to drop out of the race.
However, Senators Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) have called on Akin to drop his bid. In addition, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee, called Akin’s remarks “wrong, offensive, and indefensible,” and advised Akin to take a day to “carefully consider what is best for him, his family, the Republican Party, and the values that he cares about and has fought for throughout his career in public service.”
During an interview with a local television affiliate that aired Sunday, Akin said “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down” and not become pregnant. He has since said that he misspoke.
Akin has until Tuesday at 5 p.m. to leave the race in time for another candidate to enter.
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