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. us_1776

    The Akin remark was repulsive.

    Where does the GOP get these people?


    August 19, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  2. d

    And what are you planning to do when women who just start to claim being raped after a one night stands, so they can get abortions when in trouble!!

    August 19, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  3. JavierOberti

    Smart move to address this right away, before the extreme left finds yet another social-wars distraction to avoid talking about jobs and the budget/deficit. Keep on trucking guys. I see us taking our country back real soon.

    August 19, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  4. enuff

    This was one of the most ignorant statements I've ever heard. I am actually glad Romney and Ryan chose to disagree with this guy. And I don't like Romney. But, at least this shows that they haven't totally lost their compassion towards all people.

    August 19, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  5. alexpdx

    They disagree with the way it was said, but they also disagree on the abortion issue amongst themselves.

    August 19, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  6. Roberto

    Misspoke. HMMMM. HMMMM. Okey Dokey. Seems like a lot of people are "mis-speaking" these days. When it comes to a vote on a ballot, is there an option where you can check: "Sorry, I mis-voted."

    August 19, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  7. Mike

    I'd love to hear the mechanism by which the body discriminates between, "legitimate," and (?) "illegitimate," rape.

    August 19, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  8. JC in Western U.S.

    The probably disagree with what he said, but not why he said it.
    They just know a politically nuclear statement when they hear one.
    This one reset the bar.

    August 19, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  9. George Abrahams

    Akin has achieved the pinnacle of asinine. If the GOP wants to win Missouri they must dump him immediately. What kind of freaking jerk talks about "legitimate rape"? Regardless of his apology or clarification his thought process is warped and depraved.

    August 19, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  10. Lisa

    Flip-flopping in tandum now? What a joke these two are. Do not be fooled women, Ryan is especially the wrong choice for women's reproductive freedom. For either of the two to say otherwise at this point is simply pandering for the female vote. Both are lying bit time.

    August 19, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  11. luke,az

    Republicans want women in the dark ages.

    August 19, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  12. MrsBoomer

    Ryan supports making abortion illegal under any circumstance, including rape, incest, and endangerment of the mother's life.

    August 19, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  13. theshadowsmoon

    Akin didn't "misspeak". What he did was actually blurt out the truth as he sees it.

    Man, these people are scary.

    August 19, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  14. drake mallard

    GOP War On Women

    Ryan co-sponsored a “personhood” amendment, an extreme anti-abortion measure

    Just like Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan would get rid of Planned Parenthood funding."

    "In Congress, Ryan voted to ban all federal funding for Planned Parenthood..."

    "...and allow employers to deny women access to cancer screenings and birth control."

    "And both Romney and Ryan backed proposals to outlaw abortion ... even in cases of rape and incest."

    August 19, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  15. Flamespeak

    The only reason they are opposed to his stance is because his stance got a lot of backlash.

    August 19, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  16. Jesiah

    Romney's stance doesn't surprise me he used to be fairly moderate, but lets be honest and clear about this. Ryan was 100% anti-aboortion yesterday and every day before that. That included abortions in cases of rape or incest. Don't believe it? Look it up.

    August 19, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  17. Razorking

    Romney and Ryan did however stand by their support for rape of the middle class.

    August 19, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  18. Ellen

    Let's see how long did it take them to respond? "Late Sunday?"

    August 19, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  19. drake mallard

    These Republicans are exceptional liars. Ryan sponsored any number of bills in the House limiting abortion even if the life of the mother was sacrificed, re-defining rape along with Akins, and the federal personhood bill. These Republicans are throw-backs to the Dark Ages, and do not belong in any public office. They try to bring it all back to the economy, but what these cretins don't understand is that women's health is an economic issue for them and their families. This all out assault on women and their health choices needs to stop now

    August 20, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  20. Getoverit

    I'm curious how the Lefty bloggers will spin this one to spew their hatred...

    August 20, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  21. Dana Arwin

    Paul Ryan opposes abortion even in cases of incest/abuse or rape... this article should at least mention that.

    August 20, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  22. Jon

    "legitimate rape." As opposed to "illegitimate rape"? GOP are really showing their true colors.

    August 20, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  23. Margaret

    So if the "rape" results in a pregnancy then the woman must have had some pleasure from it and therefore it was not an authentic rape???????? Really, Next he will be saying maybe she deserved it by wearing underwear with lace or, at home in her bath was enticing the rapist to come in.

    August 20, 2012 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  24. Zabazoom

    Sure Romney sez that now, but wait until tomorrow, he'll find a way to support Akin.

    August 20, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  25. Deb in MT

    So now the R/R duo wouldn't oppose abortion in the case of rape? Wonder how long they will hold to that position, since they both appear to be trying to outdo each other in flip-flopping. I thought Ryan was pushing for that "Personhood" amendment that would flat out prohibit abortion?

    I am looking at that picture of Mittens (rockin' his Mom jeans) accompanying the article, and I can't help noticing how awkward and uncomfortable the poor thing looks whenever he has to appear before the rest of us. I don't think he likes regular folks very much. Or, is that fear I see in his eyes?

    August 20, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
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