Republicans want Akin to rethink Senate bid

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Missouri News Horizon
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin is facing mounting pressure from national Republicans to rethink his candidacy, after a string of public blunders that was capped during an interview over the weekend.

Leaders are outraged over comments he made during an interview with KTVI on Sunday in which he was asked whether he supported abortion rights in cases of rape. He responded that doctors have told him "if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”

Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee — the group tasked with electing Republicans nationwide — said Akin’s comments were “wrong, offensive and indefensible,” and urged him to rethink his candidacy.

“I recognize that this is a difficult time for him, but over the next twenty-four hours, Congressman Akin should carefully consider what is best for him, his family and the Republican Party, and the values that he cares about and has fought for throughout his career in public service”, he said.

Cornyn’s statement was the latest in a long line of statements from national Republican leaders, including presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, criticizing Akin’s suggestion that most women who are raped do not become pregnant.

Akin told conservative talk show host and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Monday that he was mistaken in his comments, and that he was sorry, but that he was going to continue on in his candidacy.

“The good people of Missouri nominated me, and I’m not a quitter. My belief is that we are going to take this thing forward,” he said. “By the grace of God, we’re going to win this race.”