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Akin Pledges To Stay In Senate Race

Amanda Martinez |
August 21, 2012 | 1:53 p.m. PDT

Supervising Executive Producer


Akin resisted pressure from the Republican Party to drop out and said he still thinks he can win the race. (The Washington Post/You Tube)
Akin resisted pressure from the Republican Party to drop out and said he still thinks he can win the race. (The Washington Post/You Tube)
Rep.Todd Akin vowed to stay in the Senate race Tuesday, following his controversial comments on "legitimate rape" and increased pressure from the GOP to drop out.

Early Tuesday morning, Akin released a video online apologizing for his comments that women who were "legitimately raped" rarely got pregnant. Hours later, Akin made an appearance on a radio show hosted by former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, confirming his decision to stay in the race.

From the Associated Press:

"I guess my question is: Is there a matter of some justice here?" Akin asked. After his original statement, "all of a sudden, overnight, everybody decides, 'Well, Akin can't possibly win.' Well, I don't agree with that."


"I hadn't done anything morally or ethically wrong, as sometimes people in politics do," Akin said. "We do a lot of talking, and to get a word in the wrong place, still, that's not a good thing to do, or to hurt anybody that way, it does seem like a little bit of an overreaction."

According to the LA Times, Akin said he planned to have some "starch and some backbone," refusing to run "every time somebody says something about abortion or this or that." 

Despite increased pressure from the "super PAC" American Crossroads for Akin to withdraw from the race, the Senate candidate said he did not believe the race was lost "by any means," adding, "Let me be clear…we are not getting out of this race. I am in this race for the long haul and we are going to win it."

After distancing himself from the controversial Senate candidate, presidential hopeful Mitt Romey released a statement on the issue, echoing the stance taken by former Missouri senators John Ashcroft, Kit Bond, John Danfortha and Jim Talent.

“Today, his fellow Missourians urged him to step aside, and I think he should accept their counsel and exit the Senate race,” said Romney said in a statement.

Read the full story at the Associated Press and the LA Times.


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