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. Reality Check

    As governor, didn't Romney veto a bill that would require hospitals to *offer* emergency contraception in the case of rape?

    August 20, 2012 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  2. Vincent Carter

    What is Romney's and Ryan's view on Women who were rape? Since this story did not offer any of their views how do we know how much they disagree with Akin? Possibly they could agree that they are against Women victims and disagree how Akin pointed that out to the American so called Liberal media.

    August 20, 2012 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  3. HoyaSaxa

    Mr. Ryan may disagree with Mr. Akin's remark, but he still is opposed to abortion even in cases of rape, incest, and when the mother's life is in danger.

    August 20, 2012 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  4. jack

    Trust me – if Romney and Ryan get into power, they will outlaw abortion under any circumstance.

    August 20, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  5. What The

    Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the right wing of America.

    August 20, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  6. bassman

    it appears Sarah Palin picked the best candidate, Sarah Steelman, in this race. To bad Missourians did not agree.

    August 20, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  7. Vincent

    GOP going into damage-control mode.

    The party should rid itself of clowns like Akin if it wants to be taken seriously by intelligent voters. Or is it the plan to only appeal to the mentally challenged?

    Its surprising to me that a party that supposedly promotes the rights of an individual will not allow a woman to chose her own course of action when it comes to abortions.
    I dont it should be used as an easy choice or as the only method of birth control, but ultimately its the womans choice for her own body. Noone else should have control over her like that, and least of all the government.
    Why is the GOP not standing up for less government control in this situation?

    Seems like the GOP is only interested in the welfare of the unborn, but wants nothing to do with people after birth.

    August 20, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  8. SDDD

    If they disagree it isn't by much. Ryan has supported limiting coverage to women subject to "forceable rape." The way they use them, "forceable rape" and "legitimate rape" appear to be synonyms.
    His whole career Ryan has been at the extreme fringe on women's issues, believing women need mens control.
    Since Romney seems to be adopting Ryan's issues I suppose now he's nearly as extreme.

    August 20, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  9. chedar888

    Which doctor? The doctor with MD or PhD? A license or a quack.

    August 20, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  10. Robert

    do they have a choice? Romney will do ANYTHING to get elected, and right wing hippocrates will cheer him all the way to the White House. Then what?

    August 20, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  11. nc_mike

    Why did Ryan co-sponsor a bill with this extreme right wingnut on several different forms of rape? Oh, I forgot, Paul Ryan IS a right wingnut too just like Akin!

    August 20, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  12. Jt_flyer

    Big day for the prehistoric, republican party. Insulting women yet again and frolicking naked in Israel on a Israeli re-education trip.

    What will tomorrow bring?

    August 20, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  13. Darrell

    Paul Ryan supports banning all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest. Or has he changed his mind?

    August 20, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  14. SugarKube

    That sounds like something Joe Biden would say.

    August 20, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  15. deer in the headlights republican

    Lordy lordy....is this what i signed up for?

    August 20, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  16. X

    Ryan and Romney support legislation to give personhood to a zygote opening every woman up to a first degree murder charge if they terminate their pregnancy even in the case of rape and incest and would outlaw invetro fertilization. Romney/Ryan are on the same page as this wingnut whack job.

    August 20, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  17. GrampaSez

    Todd Akin is the lowest kind of self-serving weasel-like political creature, and I'm ashamed I'm even the same biological species. Mr Akin – you are NO CONSERVATIVE, NO REPUBLICAN – GET OFF THE NATIONAL STAGE.

    August 20, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  18. not2blue

    Will anyone ever bring sanity back to the republican party? I wish someone would and do it quick. How can anyone have an intelligent debate with these wackos running the show?

    August 20, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  19. LC

    Abortion is a woman's decision – it has NO room for politics or anyone else's comments or input. It is the SOLE decision of the woman going through the situation. Politican's and government have NO right to stick their noses in a person decision. Enough already!

    August 20, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  20. Belinda Higgins

    This is one of the most outrageous and insensitive statements ever made by a politician. Sometimes a later "apology" doesn't work...this is one of those times.

    August 20, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  21. blue dog

    Of course, u disagree. Let the election be over and they will show the true color.

    August 20, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  22. irock110

    Sooooo, The Republican Duo are advocates for Abortion (for ra pe & incest), how is that gonna square with the rest of the NO ABORTION Conservatives and the Catholic Church, and the Mormon Church, and the Tea Party extremists. Oh wait, this candidate is wiping the etch-e-sketch clean to accomodate this new view...All Is well !!!

    August 20, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  23. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    I don't want to hear a Romney spokesman against what was said -I want to hear Romney and Ryan themselves state that they disagree-because Paul Ryan agrees with that statement denying rights of abortion for ANY reason-I want to see the candidates themselves strongly disagree with that hideous "legistimate rape" statement from Missouri

    August 20, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  24. Leeford

    Yeah, even the party of "Tow the Line" wont touch this one.

    August 20, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  25. Steve in texas

    So basically he just said stuff he heard from his buddies in a bar. Sounds about right.

    August 20, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
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