Todd Akin: I'm Not Going Anywhere
But apologizes for 'legitimate rape' as top GOPers tell him to quit
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 20, 2012 1:49 PM CDT
Todd Akin talks with reporters in this Aug. 16, 2012 file photo.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

(Newser) – The calls are raining down for Todd Akin to bow out of his Senate race after opining that "legitimate rape" victims were not at risk of getting pregnant, but the Missouri Republican says he's staying put. "I'm not a quitter," he said on Mike Huckabee's radio show today, according to the Washington Post. "My belief is we’re going to move this thing forward. To quote my friend John Paul Jones, I’ve not yet begun to fight."

Akin also took the opportunity to backtrack further. "I really just want to apologize to those that I've hurt, " he said. "I was talking about forcible rape, and it was absolutely the wrong word." Many top Republicans have called for Akin's exit, including Scott Brown, who told the Boston Globe that Akin's comments were "outrageous, inappropriate and wrong," and Ron Johnson, who called them "reprehensible and inexcusable." The National Republican Senatorial Committee says it told Akin it won't spend money supporting him, the Post reports, and neither will Crossroads GPS, sources tell Politico. They're not the only top Republicans condemning Akin.

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polarbearme
Aug 20, 2012 9:49 PM CDT
The Republicans make Hitler and his SS look good.
cornelison
Aug 20, 2012 9:34 PM CDT
It could be a win-win. 1. Send Akin $10.00 to stay in the race & lose. 2. Send Claire $15.00 to win!
happycows
Aug 20, 2012 8:02 PM CDT
There's too many people destroying the planet. We need more abortion, gay sex and birth control. Not less.