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. Ken in NC

    Romney and Ryan disagree with remarks made by Republican candidate Akin claiming that "legitimate rape" rarely resulted in pregnancy. So is it safe to assume that they think "LEGITIMATE RAPE" does result in pregnacy? Now Mitt, ya gotta go one way or the other.

    August 19, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  2. acbobl

    Disagree! Disagree! They ought to repudiating this with shouts to the rafters. Disagree!? They make it sound like its a respectable opinion worthy of debate. Disgusting!

    August 19, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  3. N&W 1000

    I commend our media; it is always endlessly FUNNY to take a remark by some dunce, then run to Romney and Ryan, as if they are responsible for it, and demand that they disavow it. This is GREAT!

    August 19, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  4. SafeJourney

    Of course the Repubs would say that. Even though Romeny and Ryan are extreme right wing conservatives. Rep Akin is a perfect example of an extreme right wing teapublican. Vote these extremist out of congress before they completely destroy this Great Country. And the Repubs wonder why they are losing the American Womens vote in large numbers

    August 19, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  5. ted

    Let's see if Akin's comments go viral like Biden's. Probably not because Akin is GOP and we all know they just misspeak a lot and should be forgiven vs Biden who the GOP thinks is unbalanced etc. Akin looks to be senile.

    August 19, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  6. Mrs. Norman

    Rep. Ryan co-sponsored a bill with Rep. Akin that would redefine rape. Paul Ryan does agree with this monster!

    August 19, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  7. Dan

    And we wonder why Congress is rated so low, they worry about this kind of lunacy and telling women what they can do with their own bodies rather than trying to work towards solving real problems in this country.

    August 19, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  8. andrew

    I'm pleased to see they've spoken out and they may even have to speak out LOUDER in the next few days, because dancing around with men who advocate 'legitimate rape' is a sure fire way to get ran out of town on a high speed rail. 'Legitimate rape' exist only in the minds of rapist and men like Akin, who embrace the term as a means of subjugating abortion law by trickery, deceit, and dishonesty. I wonder if they're not 'closet rapist' as well.

    August 19, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  9. dreucalypt

    Romney and Ryan have to disavow what Akin said. But lots of Republican rightists think the way Akin does.

    August 19, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  10. steve

    ignorance is bliss, welcome to the great white right out of touch 'elected" officials of the republican party. all these guys smell like the american taliban to me.

    August 19, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  11. Wise1Speak

    SHOCKING! . . . JUST SHOCKING!

    After 6-straight years of campaigning to be POTUS, "Spineless Mitt Romney-Hood" finally grew a pair and spoke up against an extremist within his own "War-on-Women" political party. Shocking, , , just shocking I tell you!

    August 19, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  12. strangerq

    I don't understand how any woman can vote for this misogynistic party.

    August 19, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  13. Doc

    What is it with Romney that you never hear him use stronger, more emphatic wording, than disagree when it's a fellow Republican who's demonstrably wrong? How can he claim to care about women if he wont come out and say "Mr. Akins, you are horribly mistaken".

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

    Too late. Republican folly exposed. Will women get it? Hope so.

    August 19, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  15. namseer

    This man is *sickening*.

    August 19, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  16. Lib

    exactly how are these folks elected. I would like to see his transripts.

    August 19, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  17. Roberto

    Welcome to the new Republican Party! Don't try to distance yourself! You're already there. Well ensconced. Embrace it! These are your people. These are your spokes-people. Do I see red faces? DUUUUUHHHHHH! Sorry. Too late. You're labeled. Akin has placed himself in the books of eternity. Wait. He retracts! EEEENNNNNGGGGHHH. Too late. The words have left your mouth and you are publicly PUBLISHED! You are on CNN!!!!! Ya hear that CNN!!!! You put it out there. Expect some responses! Big Time!

    August 19, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  18. L. Fortune

    '...If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down...'

    Right....with the aspirin between the legs method. And these are the guys who want control over women's bodies and reproductive right? Next they'll be telling us that to get pregnant all you have to do is bury all of your hopes and dreams in a box in your yard and, viola! a baby will grow out of it. Just like in the movie The Odd Life of Timothy Green, aka Republican Reproductions Rituals.

    Now Romney/Ryan get to look like the reasonable guy for disagreeing. We are not fooled.

    August 19, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  19. Adam

    Yes. Romney will disagree with him and then agree with him. It all depends on who he thinks is listening. That's because Romney has no core.

    August 19, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  20. Alex in Wisconsin

    Hell America, these are the geniuses Mitt and Co want to put into office. And we both know Mitt will turn on a dime on any subject just to appease his followers.

    August 19, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  21. John Vance

    So maybe his biology isn't the most up to date. But as he is on the Science, Space and Technology committee, he might still be able to fund a search for the philosopher's stone or building a perpetual motion machine. And this earth around the sun idea has never really been fleshed out to my liking.

    August 19, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  22. T.Fontenot

    So, they support abortions then?

    August 19, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  23. Ali Baba

    He's done! LOL

    August 19, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    If Romney does not oppose abortion in cases of rape, he ought to not oppose abortion if the woman choose to. It is the same thing. you either support abortion or you don't. You can't have both ways Gov!

    August 19, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  25. israel

    if romney and ryan really wanted to shrink the size of government they wouldn't say anything about abortion and keep it as it is, which is legal....this shouldn't even be a topic of discussion just like gay rights and the right to marry shouldn't be an issue either, we aren't a christian nation and no one should ever describe it as such, because its simply not true....we do not live in a theocracy either, what they bible says should have ZERO to do with the laws that we create and vote on

    too bad there are lots of right wingers out there who'll spew and scream that obama is destroying personal liberties, well last time i remember a "conservative" in the white house we had alot less liberties than we have today.....but yet somehow that's better for us

    August 19, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
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