Romney and Ryan disagree with Akin rape remark, says campaign
August 19th, 2012
09:02 PM ET
6 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. Last Stand George

    If there were ever anyone who didn't deserve to be in Congress this sure sounds looks like it.

    August 19, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. D

    "did not share"?? how about a "condemnation"??
    yow ...

    August 19, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. kevgood

    Romney – "I disagree with Akin, today anyway."

    August 19, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  4. BKK

    I actually feel bad for the Romney campaing having to dodge crazy statements made by the far right of their party.

    August 19, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  5. Tim Roberts

    Romney-Ryan can say what they want. I am hoping the electorate denies them the opportunity to act on what they say.

    August 19, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  6. Bob Juryolicious

    What would Todd Akin's know about female body?

    August 19, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  7. James

    So Liberals will blame all Republicans for this comment. In return we should blame all Democrats every time Biden puts his foot in his mouth. I figure that will happen a few more times before the election.

    August 19, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  8. Michel Thibault

    It would be so nice to have healthy arguments and debates regarding social and political issues instead of those inane comments . How do these people get elected?

    August 19, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  9. Patrick

    And this is a surprise? Of course those two will say whatever necessary to try and win favor with the American public.

    August 19, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  10. M.A.

    What a quick response–shows Romney and Ryan don't want women to once again see how their party views women.

    August 19, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  11. craig

    Ah, the immediate Flip-Flop. Ryan co-sponsored a bill with this clown where they initially redefined rape. He also stood up for him when he decided to run for the office. Now...whoops! Apparently Rmoney has been drilling him...on Right Face and About Face! Not sure, but I'll bet he's learned to march in step too. Wonder how that's going to work out when Rmoney does a sudden about face?

    August 19, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. VeryOldMan

    I remember Paul Ryan has been against abortion in any circumstances, including rape.

    August 19, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  13. t3chn0ph0b3

    Smart to distance themselves from this freak. Too bad their fiscal policy is terrible.

    August 19, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  14. fletch

    They may disagree with the comments but Ryan has the same barbaric policy position as Akin. No abortion even in cases of rape or incest.

    August 19, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  15. LDS-DEVIL big of them.

    August 19, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  16. bertha59

    So what Romney or Ryan said was if a rape results in pregnancy would the pregnancy be acceptable/legal in their views of abortion. Akin exemplifies the dumbness of some of the GOPers like Bachman. Somehow, their brains just misfired and they are no longer able to think for themselves. They seem programmed by the ultra right radicals...who also have had their brains misfire.

    August 19, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  17. alko

    So according to Romney, it IS OK to murder an innocent unborn child in the case of rape and incest. How can anybody support this kind of thinking. Either you are against the murder of unborn children or you are not, there is no in between people! You can't have it both ways.

    August 19, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  18. Mark

    What does Biden say? 🙂

    August 19, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. ephraim

    disagree? DISAGREE? Is that all? There should be NOTHING other than abject condemnation for Akin's remarks coming from Romney and Ryan's camp. Its another case of the Republican's speaking in code to the base, then loosely apologizing in a overly defensive way that distorts what they said into a small misunderstanding because we MISSED the nuance of their argument. Disgusting...

    August 19, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  20. Jenniferwriter

    OMG – I cannot believe CNN wrote a "story" about this and didn't include the most important part!!!

    "Last year, Akin joined with GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as two of the original co-sponsors of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” a bill which, among other things, introduced the country to the bizarre term “forcible rape.”

    August 19, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  21. Orb4

    God Help Us!

    August 19, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  22. Lisa

    Ummm.. Ryan co-authored a bill with Akin. Check it out... the bill introduced the notion of "forcible rape" as opposed to what "voluntary rape"??????

    August 19, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  23. Sarah

    As pro-choice as I am, I do not think rape should make a difference in the abortion debate. Either you believe women should have the legal right to have an abortion or you don't.

    August 19, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This is called cover their butts. They can't be associated with something like that.

    August 19, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  25. Me

    Disagree? Disagree means they feel it's a perfectly legitimate point of view, they just disagree with it. That is absolutely disgusting. Man up and tell the women of your country what a revolting viewpoint that was and how they find it abhorrent. To do anything less is sickening.

    August 19, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
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