GOP senators call on Akin to step aside
August 20th, 2012
11:03 AM ET
2 years ago

GOP senators call on Akin to step aside

(CNN) – Sen. Scott Brown, the Massachusetts Republican in a tight battle for re-election, said Monday that Rep. Todd Akin ought to step aside in his bid for U.S. Senate in Missouri after Akin claimed "legitimate rape" rarely results in pregnancy. Sen. Ron Johnson also called on Akin to resign from the GOP nomination.

"As a husband and father of two young women, I found Todd Akin's comments about women and rape outrageous, inappropriate and wrong," Brown wrote in a statement released by his campaign. "There is no place in our public discourse for this type of offensive thinking. Not only should he apologize, but I believe Rep. Akin's statement was so far out of bounds that he should resign the nomination for US Senate in Missouri."

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Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who was elected in 2010, also called on Akin to step aside.

Akin won his spot on November's ballot earlier this August, and is slated to face Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill in November.

Prior to this controversy, the top non-partisan political handicappers had rated the Missouri race a "toss up." Republicans consider McCaskill's seat a prime take-over target as they try to reclaim control of the Senate. Democrats currently have a 53 to 47 advantage in the chamber, but are defending 23 (21 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party) of the 33 seats up for grabs in November.

Brown is facing Elizabeth Warren, a consumer advocate and former adviser to President Barack Obama, in a fierce battle for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. Brown is a first-term Republican who won his seat in a January 2010 election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

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Filed under: Abortion • Missouri • Scott Brown
soundoff (400 Responses)
  1. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    Wow! Admirable Scottie. But we all know that you're pandering to the moderate Massachusetts electorate. A resignation request should come from the leaders of the Party(Boehner/McConnell).

    August 20, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Nice try, Scott, but where was your outrage when the abortion-obcessed House wasted their time and energy on abortion rather than trying to imporve the economy? Your ambulance-chasing mentality is showing.

    August 20, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. Sniffit

    No way!!! Keep Akin in!!! He's no doubt got so much more damaging extremist crap to vomit and we love it!!! Ask him what he thinks of Muslims!!!

    August 20, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Randy Johnson

    No – don't let him resign – the Democrats need him, he is just the appetizer before the November meal.

    August 20, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    ...and yet Mr. Brown thinks that women do not have the right nor choice to make decisions about their bodies.

    Hypocrite.

    August 20, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. rs

    As Mr. Ryan's position is the same (and Mr. Romney on alternative Thursdays), will he ask him to step aside too? What about all those Republicans who signed on to the "Zygotes have rights" bills the GOP has pushed around the House- kick them out as well? I thought not....

    August 20, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. Bill

    No. let him stay in the race, because Akin will get hammered in the general.

    August 20, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Squigman

    Step aside? Why would this cretin need to be told/asked, to step aside? In a world where people agree of what civil discord consists of. why wouldn't this moron be swept aside, not asked to step aside? If the republican party, had any scruples at all he'd be licked to the curb. There'd be no asking, he'd just be history.

    August 20, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. Unknown

    You know you went overboard when your fellow Republican wants to disown you.

    August 20, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. Please Grow Up

    The only possible positive for this scenario is the ability of the party to put in someone electable. Leave him there – make him the poster boy for the party. Print his picture on tea bags.

    August 20, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. Barry from Wisconsin

    Senator Brown is trying to come across as a moderate. However, he seemed to support the right-wing agenda of the Republican Party time and time again.

    I suspect the voters in Massachusetts will see through this obvious ploy

    August 20, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. TheTraveler

    "As a husband and father of two young women, I found Todd Akin's comments about women and rape outrageous, inappropriate and wrong," Brown wrote in a statement released by his campaign.

    The operative word here is "campaign". I don't think we would have heard a peep from Brown otherwise.

    Look how fast this is getting out of hand! Akin said something pretty dumb. Well, most politicians do sometime in their careers I think. But this whole "knee-jerk, hyper-sensitivity" thing is pretty stupid too. Personally, I think the GOP has MUCH larger issues to resolve than to muddy up the waters further with this.

    I guess it's just fortunate that Akin didn't use the word "vagina" too...

    August 20, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. Kevin in VA

    "WE THE PEOPLE" call on every one of you to pass campaign finance legislation, torte reform, serve the American people or all of you should resign

    August 20, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. chilly g

    i don'n understand how the peoples of missouri can vote for this guy, he is unfit to serve in the senate and i pray the
    peoples of that state will vote for someone else.

    August 20, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. madmax476

    wow ... another panderer ... scooter, do we need to remind everyone about some of YOUR comments about women, abortion, religion and race ?? You and akin are in a race to the bottom ...

    August 20, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. Eddie The Barber

    What business is it of a Mass senator to make a judgemennt call on a Missouri congressman's fitness for office?

    Because Brown is in a tight race for a senate seat – running against a woman and he's hoping his "outrage" will help him with the Mass woman's vote.

    Nice try Scottie – "But we gottcha!"

    August 20, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Asturiano

    Seems like Brown really wants to be a Democrat since his party considers him a RINO

    August 20, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. Russ

    Hopefully, Akin will hang in there and defend himself against these ridiculous charges. He knows what he was saying. He just didn't say it right. Go Akin.

    August 20, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    Sen. McCaskill should win re-election hands down. This is the ultimate display of shooting yourself in the foot.

    August 20, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. rs

    Unfortunately, this little tift uncoveres what the House Republicans have been doing for the last two years instead of "jobs, jobs, jobs.
    Republicans- they are wrong for America!

    August 20, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  21. demwit

    Stay Akin! Obama and his lamestream media needs you!!

    August 20, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Better yet, I thing it would serve America best if all teapublican members of congress were to step down or simply drink Kool-Aid.

    August 20, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. Nietodarwin

    We Dems want him to KEEP ON TALKING. We killed Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban with bullets. With VOTES we will eliminate the AMERICAN TALIBAN here in the USA, which is today's GOP. THE WAR ON WOMEN IS REAL. No real true patriotic american man, who loves his mother,sister,daughter, grandmother,wife, aunt can vote for the GOP. Voting FOR the GOP is like voting for the TALIBAN. If you hate Obama, just don't vote. If you're a woman abusing Taliban supporter, vote GOP.

    August 20, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. freelance

    Rep. Todd Akin is a true Tea Party Patriot!

    August 20, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. Nietodarwin

    Talk about "CHAINS'

    August 20, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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