Skip to comments.Akin releases new ad apologizing for ‘legitimate rape’ comments
Posted on 08/21/2012 1:40:18 PM PDT by Red Steel
Republican Representative Todd Akin resisted pressure to quit the U.S. Senate race in Missouri on Tuesday, releasing a new ad apologizing for his inflammatory remarks about rape that have reinserted controversial abortion politics into the U.S. presidential campaign.
In an ad released online, Mr. Akin again apologized for his comments Sunday, when he claimed in a television interview that women could not get pregnant from legitimate rape, even as senior Republicans condemned his remarks and called for him to step aside in the race.
Rape is an evil act. I used the wrong words in the wrong way, and for that I apologize, Mr. Akin said in the spot.
The fact is, rape can lead to pregnancy. The truth is, rape has many victims. The mistake I made was in the words I said, not in the heart I hold. I ask for your forgiveness, he added. Mr. Akin, noting that he is the father of two daughters, also said he wanted tough justice for rapists and expressed compassion for victims.
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I’m Not A Witch!
Just. Get. Out.
What is so hard about this?
Woohoo! Congratulations, FReepers! We hammered hard and won a victory against that evil pro-lifer!
Grovel, you misogynistic bastard, grovel! Hahaha!
Oh, wait a second...
Bailing water off the Titanic. If you ever have to release an ad to reassure voters that you know rape is bad, you’re already sunk.
We forgive you. Now get out so we can forget you.
Apparently Akin is staying in. Yeah, let the Dims set the agenda that’s the ticket.
Stay in Todd! The dems and rinks want you out for a reason.
Yeah, they want another stooge in Washington.
Glad that he’s staying in the race. I’m disgusted by the overreaction by Republicans to it.
Lotsa news is leakin’ on Akin!
In the words of that remarkable and sagacious statesman, Al Sharpton, “Resist we much!”
Ego will only buy you so much in this vale of tears. This was a giveaway, we as a nation will be saddled with Claire McCaskill for six MORE years.
But the effects may go far beyond just the loss of a single Senate seat (which Republicans, at this point, can ill afford). It also gives permission to the money backing Clair McCaskill to double down on their efforts to give her a totally illegitimate margin of victory. And the momentum thus generated stands to wreck a lot of other Republican campaigns, to no good effect for anybody (not even the Democrats themselves).
Yeah, because he’s an idiot!
The only thing the Senate does anyway is obstruct the will of the electorate and put on a big show when confirming drama queen Manchurian candidates to the Supreme Court like Dubya and Rove's treacherous pick, John Roberts.
Why are so many Republicans against a pro-life conservative politician? Is it because he reintroduced the abortion debate (with his misspeak) which Romney was so “cleverly” was hiding?
This won’t help. If you are having to defend your position on rape, you are not going to win. This ad will probably lose him more votes. He should have kept his big mouth shut in the first place!
Offer him a juicy job in your Administration if he withdraws. Like Undersecretary of HHS.
Akin can do a lot of pro-life good in this position.
By my clock he has got about an hour and three min. to drop out!
My sentiments exactly!
“Apparently Akin is staying in. Yeah, let the Dims set the agenda thats the ticket.”
They already set the agenda when they spent 1.5 million to engineer this blithering idiot in the Republican primary to be McCaskill’s opponent. This loose cannon will have more spent on his campaigns by Dems than Republicans when all is said and done.
Exactly. If you have to deny you’re a witch or that you DON’T support rape, murder or killing cute little puppies, you’ve already lost.
Akin’s the one that made the ad of apology
On top of everything, he goes an apologizes.
An apology has never, and will never work.
He would be better off just saying, “I meant what I said”, and leave it at that.
Question: After the general election, if the GOP has 50 Senate votes, can they still repeal Obamcare via reconciliation? I thought “yes” but wanted to make sure.
If so, hope none of the RINOs get cold feet.
“I am sorry I am an incomptent, clueless dullard; Now send me to the Senate please!” - yeah that will work. I’m so proud to be a Republican right now.
Actually, I don’t know if you’ve been paying attention or not, but the Dems desperately want this guy IN, badly, so much that McCaskill was giving interviews and reiterating that he should stay.
They know this guy is a chump and they don’t want to face the possibility of an actually competent candidate showing up. McCaskill is extremely vulnerable but she’s going to wail on Akin.
pro-life and abortion is not the issue.
So after pissing and moaning and 5 O’clock passes by where Akin stays in the race. Are you guys still going to have your circular firing squads shooting at Akin for the next 2 1/2 months until November 6th to help get McCaskill elected? It sure seems like it. That’s self-defeating and self-fulfilling and losers keep it up.
So do a lot of other recently joined people. The democrats also want him to stay in. Gee...I wonder why?
Too late...past 5 o’clock. Alot of you will owe Patriot Akin a big apology when he wins in November!
I think the issue is that he was so unprepared to answer a question that he should have been prepared to answer. He wasn’t only wrong, he was stunningly wrong.
His position can be rationally explained, it’s just that what he said isn’t the way to do it. Nowhere even close.
That more people don’t see that with clarity is astonishing.
When you retract your statement, you are in effect debating yourself.
Akin can debate his two positions on rape while Mittens can debate his state mandated Obamacare with Barry's federally mandated Obamacare.
The country be crying out for leadership and the Republicans are offering candidates who be debating with themselves.
Just release yourself from the race, you arrogant pr*ck!
“Why are so many Republicans against a pro-life conservative politician”
Akin is a coward. He only got in trouble because he tried to justify his prolife position by claiming that pregnancy is impossible in cases of rape. The man is an idiot. He should leave.
McCaskill and her campaign staff have the champagne broken out for when the ball drops at 5PM today. New Years Day came early for them.
Akin is confirming there is no limit to stupidity.
You’ll owe us an apology when this is used on an hourly basis by Obama to drag the election focus off of the issues and onto the actions of a man with a pea-size brain and a mammoth ego.
And no, he probably won’t win because by the election, even the people of Missouri will be embarassed by him.
I wonder how Mrs Akin is takin’ the breakin’ of Akin!
Suicide by ego.
No circular firing squad will be needed thank you, he has already committed suicide, shooting him again would be a waste of ammo.
The RNC has cut off funds,no one is going to endorse an idiot, he is on his own.I wish him all the luck in the world.
He is going to need it.
He has a solid Conservative record. He was defending life. He didn’t use brilliant rhetoric. I don’t care what Dems think. They’re hyopcrits anyway.
He’s on Hannity. Not exiting.
Engineer by trade. No arguing with engineers. He’s got an inner circle that’s totally out of the loop. He’s not getting out. No chance. No way.
Money the Rats spent on him was well invested. Will be beating the Wat on Women drum non stop.
Engineers = I’ll equipped for politics!
“He was defending life.”
No he wasn’t. By claiming that pregnancy is impossible in cases of rape he was not defending life. He was doing just the opposite.
Then we should not do it and I don't buy the fait accompli nonsense, especially against the clown McCaskill.
The RNC has cut off funds,no one is going to endorse an idiot, he is on his own.I wish him all the luck in the world. He is going to need it.
RNC is ran by RINOs and they haven't given Michele Bachmann a dime yet for her campaign. It is no wonder why they have not.
He was indeed defending life just not brilliantly.