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. gate

    Romney will flip-flop on that one as soon as the religious right gives him a dollar to do so.

    August 19, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  2. ajw

    Did Romney and Ryan say that they support abortion, albeit in cases of tape? I smell a huge walkback of that comment

    August 19, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  3. vidal808

    This shows perfectly where the GOP is and is heading. If any American still doubts, he should have his head checked – if he or she still votes for the GOP ticket, then all hope is lost in this country.....

    August 19, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  4. Maconi

    Beware! Exposure to Govenor Romney for one week will cause your spine to turn into jello and you will change your position on your most strongly held beliefs. Example: Ryan who's position has always been to ban abortion no matter what (even in cases that involve rape) is now for abortion if a woman is raped. What a huge flip flop! How anyone can trust these snake oil salesmen heading the Romney/Ryan ticket is unbelievable.
    Obama/Biden 2012

    August 19, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  5. Kurt

    This campaign is sinking faster than a rock. .

    August 19, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  6. achepotle

    Brave stand by Romeny.

    August 19, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  7. 1twinsfan

    Well, hey, if we females are so all might powerful as to stop a pregnancy by rape, then why can't stop the rape entirely? And those doctors that Akin spoke to were probably podiatrists.

    August 19, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  8. Woops

    Of course Mittens and Ryan oppose abortion in cases of rape, which is the same thing as saying women have a natural defense mechanism. Then, there is the Ryan's sponsorship of the personhood legislation, which would make all abortion and many forms of contraception illegal. Another case of do as I say, not as I do?

    August 19, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  9. Chung Lee Rollins

    Please...you see Warren Jeffs and many other Polygamists reside all through Texas (GW Bush's Homestate). Did Republicans ever raise a hand to stop his abuse of children? No! Why did it take all the way to 2008 for someone to do something about it? Reason being, many of the Republican Congressman feel exactly like Congressman Todd Akin. They likely felt that Warren Jeffs did nothing wrong. That he wasn't legitimately raping those girls because of the faux marriages.

    August 19, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  10. Faith-Isn't-a-Preacher

    Akin is clueless. He's history.

    August 19, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  11. Larry L

    They "say" they disagree... did they call for censure? The Repubicans in Missouri voted this evil pig into office six times. He is a true Republican.

    August 19, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  12. someguy

    Come on, you know Ryan really agrees with him. Romney, probably not, but Ryan – definitely.

    August 19, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  13. CNN Fan

    They are the same folks...If you see their policy which opposed the abortion.....I wondering why those Romney teams just wake up from dreams..while the rest of the country already see them as the evil, esp women...except few tea party women who know nothing and do nothing just to follow what those tea party member said are good...I know GOP or Democrats or Independent women are supporting the President for that issue even though they do not agree with other issues...No Vote for those tea party......if you want to restore the value of Americans....GOP, you have choice to vote for someone who are not extremist or tea party in your party....Peaceful mind...

    August 19, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  14. Texmaster

    It seems like every day it becomes more and more embarrassing to admit you vote republican....

    August 19, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  15. Funk

    mmmmm Damage Control quickly.... give it 1 day before SOMEONE has footage of him saying the opposite lol...

    Ohhh mittens, you're such a cornucopia of flips & flops!!

    August 19, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  16. davecu

    The quote speaks for itself!

    August 19, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  17. alexpdx

    They may disagree with how it was said, but Romney and Ryan disagree on the core issue. Romney supports abortion in the case of rape pregnancy, Ryan doesn't support abortions regardless or circumstance.

    August 19, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  18. Bob

    Romney's VP candidate, Paul Ryan, co-sponsored a bill with Akin that would have narrowed the already-narrow exceptions to the laws banning federal funding for abortion—from all cases of rape to cases of "forcible rape." The fact that Ryan would restrict abortion even from women who have been raped means that he has a view that directly threatens women's safety. Just say 'NO' to mittens and the merry band of gop flunkies.......Imagine what plans these dimwits have for Medicare and HCI.......SCARY!!!!!!!!

    August 19, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  19. beau

    Republicans want to make Birth control - all forms of it - illegal. They want Republicans at the Doctor's office, making sure you only get "approved" procedures.
    They want to ban tests for birth defects, etc, because people who discover their child has major genetic problems / birth defects get ABORTIONS.
    And "Severely conservative" republicans do not believe in abortions for rape, incest, or in cases where the mother's life is in danger.

    August 19, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  20. haha

    i feel sorry for Americans. Im just glad I dont live in that dumpster.

    August 19, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  21. RE McReay

    LOL ... you can't selectively disown your own. You are stuck with Palin, and Bush, and Chaney ... and Akin now. own it Mitt!

    August 19, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  22. toucheami

    Well, you can lump Akin in with other politicians that respond without thinking, like Biden...

    August 19, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  23. G

    Amazing R & R had to let everyone know they disagreed with something so basically absurd.

    August 19, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  24. northeast

    Why does anyone care about this? Clearly he misspoke and people acknowledge. Either Romney is looking for something to get him as much media coverage as possible by commenting, or some reporter is wasting space for a useless article on CNN.

    August 19, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  25. concern58

    Now that Ryan is a running mate with Romney his position on rape has changed in reference to abortion. Will the real Ryan please stand up.

    August 19, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
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