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Todd Akin Squirms His Way Through Deliciously Awkward HuffPost Live Interview

Friday on HuffPost Live, former Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) continued to promote his book Firing Back, in which he doubles down on past remarks he made about “legitimate rape.” The result? 24 minutes of purely uncomfortable, yet captivating television.

Interviewed by Marc Lamont Hill, who Akin repeatedly called “brother,” the failed Senate candidate reiterated comments he previously made on MSNBC, attempting to clarify that by “legitimate rape” he was actually referring to “legitimate cases of rape,” which he said is language used by law enforcement officials.

Akin said that he had in fact spoken to police about “legitimate rape” after his 2012 Senate run was torpedoed by the phrase. Hill asked how Akin could have known that “legitimate cases of rape” was legal lingo when he talked to police after having initially used the phrase “legitimate rape.” Akin said he knew simply through life experience.

The kicker came when Hill asked Akin if he planned to run for Senate again in 2016. Akin demurred, saying he’s “taking life one day at a time.” As for what he’s doing next, he said, “I really don’t know.”

Watch via HuffPost Live:

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