Looks like Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) has every intention to move forward with his senatorial campaign, despite calls from fellow Republicans to drop out of the race against Sen. Claire McCaskill in light of his Sunday comments on “legitimate” rape.
Politico has obtained a new television ad Akin has recorded, in which the Republican asks Missouri voters for “forgiveness” and claims that he used “the wrong words in the wrong way.” Akin had said that doctors had told him that victims of “legitimate” do not get pregnant because of biological mechanisms of resistance.
The commercial, which was shared with POLITICO, shows Akin speaking directly to the camera and explaining that he has compassion for the victims of rape.
“Rape is an evil act. I used the wrong words in the wrong way and for that I apologize,” he begins. “As the father of two daughters, I want tough justice for predators. I have a compassionate heart for the victims of sexual assault. I pray for them.”
“The fact is, rape can lead to pregnancy,” he continues. “The truth is, rape has many victims.”
“The mistake I made was in the words I said, not in the heart I hold,” Akin concludes. “I ask for your forgiveness.”
Watch below, via Politico:
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