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. American People

    Why should he step down? Isn't that the way all GOP think?

    August 20, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Ken in NC

    I agree, on this rare occasion with Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown. I believe that Rep. Akin's statement was so far out of bounds that he should resign the nomination for US Senate in Missouri. If this is something he would have a problem with I am of the mind set that Senator Brown should take the lead and demostrate to Rep. Akin just how to resign by actuallly going through the process and doing it himslef.

    August 20, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Amazing

    Kudos for Sen. Brown. I am sure the extreme right wingers will now start to attack Sen. Brown as any Republican who spouts any moderate and reasonable statement will be eaten alive by the extremists. It gives me some hope that there are some adults in Washington. As the father of two daughters, I am appalled by Akin's comments. When is rape ever "legimate"?

    August 20, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. Aezel

    So I still don't agree with Scott Brown on most issues. However, I'm okay with not agreeing with people on everything. At least Scott Brown isn't a total f**king lunatic like Akin and much of the rest of the Republican party these days.

    Be careful Republicans. If you choose to side with nutcases like Akin like you seem intent on doing, your political part will eventually fall into obscurity.

    August 20, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. crush

    Republicans can't have it both ways. Either they are totally against abortion because it is murder or they aren't. If they trully believe this, there should be no exceptions for women in the case of rape or incest or medical necessity. murder is murder. But that doesn't poll well. This guy was just saying out loud what a lot of republicans really believe.

    August 20, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Aezel

    So I still don't agree with Scott Brown on most issues. However, I'm okay with not agreeing with people on everything. At least Scott Brown isn't a total lunatic like Akin and much of the rest of the Republican party these days.

    Be careful Republicans. If you choose to side with nutcases like Akin like you seem intent on doing, your political part will eventually fall into obscurity.

    August 20, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. SCAtheist

    My brother went to Covenant (where Akin went). Teabag assembly line. They deny science then the Pubs put this loser on the science committee. How cynical is that?

    August 20, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. Jack in Florida

    Finally, a Republican with intelligence. I actually think I could vote for Scott Brown if I lived in MA. The rest of the Republicans should take notice of what a "middle of the road" Republican looks like.

    August 20, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. DRAKE MALLARD

    Paul Ryan and his wife married in 2000. the fact that only three children have emerged in 12 years of marriage is puzzling

    Ryan is a co-sponsor of a federal “Sanctity of Human Life Act,” which among other
    things, would prohibit many forms of birth control, and he has been a
    firm opponent of family planning programs.

    August 20, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. MNTaxpayer

    "As a husband and father of two young women, I found Todd Akin's comments about women and rape outrageous, inappropriate and wrong,"

    Serioulsy, this whole business of calling for a resignation every time someone says something stupid has gotten way out of hand. It's really very simple. If a politician says something you can't live with, vote for someone else. I'm a democrat so I'm not defending either one of these clowns, but come on people, quit the childish gottcha games.

    August 20, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Why should he step down? Isn't that the way all GOP think?"

    Yes, but he made the mistake of saying it. It's supposed to be more like "SUPRISE!!!! MWAHAHAHAHA YOU ELECTED ME SO WHATCHA GONNA DO ABOUT IT NOW B-ES!?!?!"

    August 20, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. Nietodarwin

    BE A REAL MAN SEN. BROWN!!!!!!!!!!
    . Akin and Ryan are the same animal. CALL ON RYAN TO RESIGN. TELL ROMNEY TO GET A NEW RUNNING MATE.

    August 20, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. us_1776

    Why stop there Brown?

    Ryan's views are completely in line with Akin's.

    Just research all the anti-women initiatives that Ryan has either sponsored or supported.

    .

    August 20, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Keeping It Real

    If every senator stepped down due to an uninformed and stupid remark, I doubt we'd have any senators left! The fact stands that he retracted his remark and that Romney immediately disagreed with the statement. Unlike Obama, who was silent on numerous, factually incorrect, statements made by high ranking Democrats including his own VP!

    August 20, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. mikle

    Why some politician so idiot? When they open their yell, they so damn. Biden, Obama, AKIN.

    August 20, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Pander Bear

    How dare Todd Akin publicly announce the GOP's plan on handling abortion!?!? Quick, get him out of sight and issue the standard "I misspoke. Sorry if anyone was offended." non-apology apology and bury this story under another lie about Obama!

    August 20, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. ptny

    Scott, Can you show him the way tot he door and follow him out!

    August 20, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. DRAKE MALLARD

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

    August 20, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. Pander Bear

    So Scott Brown is basically trying to pose as a moderate to get votes in MA by throwing Akin under a bus.

    August 20, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. Furious Styles

    Wow, and this guy is a lawmaker??? SCARY

    August 20, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. parnell in canada

    It's too bad there aren't more folks in each party like Senator Brown. It would help to make the discussion on issues an actual constructie process. Maybe he learned something by watching the like sof Ted Kennedy and Orin Hatch who disagreed vociferously on many issues but worked together to try to find common ground.

    August 20, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. Jeff Cox

    Unless they're not allowed to replace him this close to Election Day, I would think it's in the Republican party's best interest to have this guy resign now. Overnight polls have the Missouri race going from a dead heat to an almost-sure thing for the Democrats.

    Are the Missouri election rules such that the Republicans could throw out another candidate? Seems to me like anyonw would have an easier time getting elected than this bozo.

    August 20, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. kite005

    I understand what the guy was trying to say even though to my knowledge he was entirely wrong. But I don't thing he could have made a worse choice of words or said it in a worse way. Those words will probably follow him around for the rest of his political career however long that is.

    August 20, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. Robert

    For all you Republican haters out there, try for ONCE to be even somewhat objective.

    NOBODY is coming to Akin's side, because nobody believes the way he does. Hate the GOP if you want, but you're worse than the average person if you're so filled with hatred that you can't see the plain truth, and the plain truth is that EVERYBODY (both GOP and Democrats) find these comments objectionable. Or would you prefer that we cast all of you Democrats in the same light as the most extreme, bizarre liberal?

    August 20, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. dave

    Oh please, he's throwing him under the bus for political gain. Akin is an idiot, nothing more, nothing less. And all the Republicans who were idiots stepped down, you wouldn't be left with very many.

    August 20, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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