Romney and Ryan disagree with Akin rape remark, says campaign
August 19th, 2012
09:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney and Ryan disagree with Akin rape remark, says campaign

(CNN) – A spokeswoman for Mitt Romney wrote late Sunday that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee and his running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, did not share Rep. Todd Akin's sentiments on rape.

"Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin's statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape," Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg wrote.

Earlier Sunday, Akin said he "misspoke" when he claimed "legitimate rape" rarely resulted in pregnancy.

Answering a question about whether or not he thought abortion should be legal in the case of rape, Akin explained his opposition by citing unnamed bodily responses he said prevented pregnancy.

"First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare," Akin said of rape-induced pregnancy in an interview with KTVI. A clip of the interview was posted online by the liberal super PAC American Bridge.

"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," Akin continued. He did not provide an explanation for what constituted "legitimate rape."

CNN's Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.


Filed under: Abortion • Mitt Romney
soundoff (229 Responses)
  1. TAK

    They disagree with Akins so much that they have some paid clown make the statement? Shows what they think of women. I guess the issue isn't important enough for them to adress personally. Didn't they even have the decency to question the term "legitimate rape."

    August 19, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  2. jebbo

    Nww there is leadership. a GOP senate candidate makes an indefensible, reprehensible statement and Romney says he disagrees?? what the heck- romney doesnt disagree and we know ryan actively promotes the destruction of womens rights.
    what a wimp romney is

    August 19, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  3. Alina1

    Yep. run for the bushes guys.

    August 19, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  4. Ron

    So, Romney and Ryan are abortion supporters.

    August 19, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    in public they know they BETTER disagree with it especially with Romney still trailing with the female vote.

    August 19, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  6. CE

    Disagreeing isn't enough!!!

    August 19, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  7. Steve in Denver

    Ryan openly supports banning all abortion. Why would he disagree with the satements of this brain child?

    August 19, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  8. John

    Funny! That is definitely not what they've said before. Ryan supports the personhood movement, which would define life as beginning at the moment of conception. Romney also, when asked directly by Mike Huckabee, said he "absolutely" supports personhood amendments.

    That stance is completely incompatible with their statement now.

    They want to have it all ways, and cater to the most extremist elements of the Republican Party.

    The American people deserve better than that.

    August 19, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  9. mike

    "a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape"

    Flip flop in 3...2...1...

    August 19, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  10. nolimits3333

    Paul Ryan wants to outlaw abortion in the case of rape or incest.

    Who arrests the rape victim, Paul?

    August 19, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. Miki801

    Romney and Ryan disagree with the remark, that ligitimate rape does not cause pregnancy so does the AMA, Akin certainly does illustrate the need for increased sex education in schools. The willing oneself not to get with child is a novel birth control method. Of course, Mr Akin seems to be the type of person who would think most women's claims of rape would be illigimate anyway. A child can live on its own, a fetus is not a child. No more wire hangers.

    August 19, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. Nietodarwin

    This article states in the first paragraph "did not share Rep. Todd Akin's sentiments on rape." I think that might be a misprint.

    Maybe CNN MEANT to write that Romney and Ryan "did not share Rep. Todd Akin's sentiments ON TAPE"
    THIS IS THE MODERN GOP PEOPLE!!!!!! Romney and Ryan could have easily said such a thing.

    August 19, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  13. sladething

    What possible response could a sane, sentient, even moderately educated, rational being have than "What the...?????" Missouri now becomes the new rock out from which brown slime oozes. Congratulations! The "Show Me State" has now shown even South Carolina that Troglodites can exert more power fueled by stunning ignorance and blind hatred and bigotry than previously thought beyond the wildest imagination.

    August 19, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. Steve

    Uhhhh, to be clear, Romney and Ryan do NOT disagree with this moron's statements. They are in full agreement but recognize that going public with their approval would be the final dagger in their campaign. They are not honest enough individuals to admit that they fully support what Rep. Akin said.

    August 19, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  15. Dennis

    So Romney and Ryan disagree with the rape remark, this is good. Will they demand that Todd Akin withdraw from the Republican ticket ?

    August 19, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  16. FlotsamJetsam

    they needed to run , not walk from the comments of that nutjob

    August 19, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  17. Sean74cnn

    If Ryan would not be opposed to abortion in cases of rape, why did he sponsor a bill HR212 that defined life as starting at the moment of conception. Had that bill become law, -all- abortions and some forms of birth control would be illegal.

    I'm sure Romney disagrees with Akin.. he donated money to Planned Parenthood.

    August 19, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  18. Joyce

    With all his money, couldn't Mr. Romney dress a little bit more presentable while campaigning for one of the most important
    positions in the world. Or does he think this is how the "common man" dresses? Whatever, it is insulting.

    August 19, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  19. Frank from Gilroy

    GOP has some of the most hind brain thinking people on the planet running for office and voting for them.
    Very sad there is a block that wants to go straight backwards to things that have evolved for good reasons.

    August 19, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  20. Michael

    Pau Ryan is a liar, he does not support abortions in case of rape or incest! I see he is taking a page from the king of flip-flopping, the "flipper flopper" himself in the flesh!

    August 19, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  21. jaimie

    Romney and Ryan........... the Laurel and Hardy of the 21st century

    August 19, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  22. Mark-Independent

    Mitt Romney is a man that can be trusted. Who on earth will vote for this man. Mitt Romney has no core, what does he stand for??? All talked to so many people who dislike Mr. Richey Rich the flip floper.... The only one supporting this man are the TEA PARTY NUTS!

    August 19, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  23. Daniel

    No, neither really think this is wrong. They are Christian conservatives.

    August 19, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  24. Kris

    Um...yeah we disagree with that statement. We have to, it's election year and all...dontcha know.

    August 19, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  25. thewhimsicalmuse

    They may disagree with the characterization, but they'd make the victim carry to full term anyway.

    August 19, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
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