Republican Senate candidate and current Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) made his first media appearance since he told KTVI-TV that “legitimate” rape victims do not get pregnant because of biological mechanisms that act to prevent pregnancy. Speaking to Mike Huckabee on the radio, Akin reiterated that he “misspoke” and apologized to those whom he may have hurt.
“I have spoken in error,” he told Huckabee. When asked what he meant by “legitimate rape,” he clarified that he meant to say “forcible rape,” and characterized the blunder as “a very serious error.”
“”Let me be clear: rape is never legitimate,” he continued. “It’s an evil act.”
“I know people who have been raped…I don’t know any who have been raped and turned out in pregnancy,” he told Huckabee, but conceded that pregnancy from rape is possible.
When asked about whether he plans to drop out of his senatorial race, as some Republicans have requested, Akin said, “I’m not a quitter. My belief is we’re going to take this thing forward […] and by the grace of God, win this race.”
UPDATE: CNN’s Dana Bash reported on Monday that Sen. John Cornyn, Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has communicated to Rep. Akin that they would prefer that he drops out of the race before the end of the day on Tuesday.
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