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. Merle

    The best thing about these guys telling their misunderstanding about woman's biology is that the whole world learns from it. When Limbaugh went on and on thinking woman's contraception was like popping Viagra (that you needed a pill for every time you did the deed) millions of men that would usually NEVER think about such stuff were schooled.

    August 19, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain: Under the Ryan Plan, Romney Pays 0.87% in taxes

    Yeah, right, Mittens and Munster would allow abortion in cases of rape.

    From the guy who 10 years ago (as a candidate for governor), Mittens promised to “protect the right of a woman to choose,” and pledged not to change “our pro-choice laws in Massachusetts.”

    Three years later he vetoed a bill that would have made it easier to get morning-after contraceptive pills and began describing himself as anti-abortion, all the while claiming that his position never changed!

    These days, Mittens wants the Supreme Court to repeal Roe vs. Wade and says he would (even though he can't) “get rid of” Planned Parenthood – an organization he and his family once supported!

    Mittens = Liar

    August 19, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  3. kalo

    Lol, what? Oh that guy has to be trolling...please let it be a congress troll...please tell me people are not stupid enough to vote for this man.

    August 19, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  4. ArthurP

    "Did not share his statements on rape." You notice that neither were man enough to say Akin was dead wrong.

    This is purely a case of 'you can do what you like so long as you are on our side'. Isn't that the concept that created all these tinpot dictators in the cold war that are now causing so much trouble in the world.

    August 19, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  5. J Roby

    Yeah, sure you do Mr RoMoney. Now how will you feel about "legitimate rape" tomorrow?

    August 19, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  6. Jason

    That is a slippery slope Mr. Romney. Be careful someone might think you are a moderate now.

    August 19, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  7. MediaSELLS

    Yet Paul Ryan DID agree with Akin when he helped author a bill to criminalize women who wanted to abort their unplanned and unwanted fetus as a result of rape. Bottom line – NO MAN ever ever ever ever OR EVER – Should have the audacity or the authority to tell a woman what she can do with her body. And worse, convince the dumber women out there that abortion is 'wrong' – It's NOT A BABY until it's fully formed. Until then it is very much a zygote. A clump of molecules. And if you're so gun-ho about taking away the programs that help the women who do choose to follow through stand a chance at being able to feed their kid – then be prepared to have an over-population of have-nots come knocking on your door one day. Then complain about government 'hand-outs' – Which is a statement in terms since only in this country do millionaires get more tax breaks for their dressage horses than middle-class Americans do for each of their children. This country is full absolutely stupid idiots.

    August 19, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  8. really?

    Congrats! You are officially 100% human for not agreeing to a comments that only a cold-blooded monster could have made!

    August 19, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  9. blue collar hoosier

    glad to see mitt and ryan addressing this. this representative said something incredibly stupid, and whenever that happens its important to basically say "hold on, that guy does not speak for me".

    August 19, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  10. nathan

    How is this man still able to be taken seriously? He lies about everything. He is for sale on every issue. He should be ineligible to campaign, not because he's rich, but because he's a bad rich. This man has zero integrity, zero character, zero personality, and zero backbone. This whole election breaks down to America's level of racism. All the republican attacks against this President if he were anyone else would be absolutely rejected by the majority of Americans. President Bush flexed American Imperialism irresponsibly and almost destroyed this country. Four years later we are moving back to the bush era. Wake up America, keep America stupid; vote Republican! gosh!

    August 19, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  11. VoiceofReason

    A sad day for the Republican Party.

    August 19, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  12. Keith

    And Rep Akin is a gynecologist? Or even an M.D.? According to Wikipedia, he has a degree in engineering management. 'Nuff said. . What a tool!

    August 19, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  13. George

    Why are americans so concerned about a person's body or their religious theories in running a nation.
    It seems one should look at substance not flash, substance as to how to govern, how the create harmony and peace How to care first and not shoot on anything that moves. America will fail like Rome and others unless drastic action is taken. Elect a strong leader, put nation first and get rid of petty politics and stupid people making stupid remarks. A woman's body is hers alone no government has any business dictating terms and conditions. The government should stay out of the bedrooms of the nation. The government should protect us from Wall Street and banks. Were else can you steal billions from hard working folks and not go to jail. The same crooks are now financing your next leader. This is my personal view of america. Sorry

    August 19, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  14. martiniano

    They are lying. They certainly would agree that "consentual rape" can not result in pregnancy. And if your momma feeds you poison it will not hurt you because Gawd put mechanisms in your body to protect you! Republicans are so, so much smarter than us libtards when it comes to the workin's of creationism.

    August 19, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  15. VoiceofReason

    This topic seems to lead to the obvious elephant in the room. Ya know..legislation....since that's really the only way women truly have equal rights for voting, right to choose, employment, equal pay, civil rights, etc, etc. And who might b
    e the culprits of taking away women's rights come this November? Hmm..let me think....I think its the same geniuses who want to take away The Affordable Healthcare act to limit free birth control while also slowly getting some states (like Arizona) to create more strict abortion laws. Oh yeah..and its the same ones that want to "get rid of Planned Parenthood" (hint: Repubs). So if you TRULY believe in women's right's..vote for Obama in November. And it might be good to help by questioning whats going on with the sabotaging of our voting process in PA and slowly OH?

    August 19, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  16. tony

    The policy truth comes out one way or another. What matters right now is see how Romney's low tax rate created so many US jobs. If I was a job creator, I'd be proud to show everyone.

    August 19, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  17. solex

    An unbelieveably inane and insensitive statement. It is no wonder R&R are distancing themsleves from it. To do otherwise would be political suicide.

    August 19, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  18. ptny

    Romney and Ryan disagree with Akin rape remark, says campaign

    Oh Really!

    August 19, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  19. ptny

    Throwing one of you own under the bus for the sake of the election?

    He's been one of you for how long? :)

    Nice try!

    August 19, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  20. ManTex

    I wonder how long it will take them to flip flop .... the next far right fundraiser?

    August 19, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  21. Debbie

    To disagree with the statement is weak at best. Outraged would be more in line.

    August 19, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  22. MashaSobaka

    Of course they disagree. They're trying to get elected, here.

    August 19, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  23. ptny

    Rick Santorum on rape: Rape victims should accept their babies as gifts from God.

    Did he mean legitimate rape or illegitimate rape?

    August 19, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  24. Skeeve

    It doesn't matter what R&R has to say about it. They represent a party whose supporters certainly agree with Mr. Akin even if now they will be screaming on every street that they don't

    August 19, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  25. Lar 5

    Ryan has repeatedly said " No abortions even in the case of rape or incest." When did this change?

    August 19, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
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