Akin asks for 'forgiveness' in new TV ad
August 21st, 2012
07:12 AM ET
6 years ago

Akin asks for 'forgiveness' in new TV ad

(CNN) - The Republican Senate nominee in Missouri, under fire for his controversial comments about rape, has recorded a television commercial in which he asks for "forgiveness."

In the ad, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin also says "I used the wrong words in the wrong way and for that I apologize" in explaining his comments in a TV interview Sunday that a woman's body is capable of preventing pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape."

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The Akin campaign tells CNN the spot should start running statewide in Missouri beginning Tuesday.

Akin has come under incredible pressure over the past 24 hours from top Republican leaders to give up his bid for the Senate, or to spend time considering what's best for himself, his family, his party, and the country, which is political code for urging the six term congressman to quit the race.

That pressure has come from such leaders as Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, who is the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, as well as presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

But Akin, in two radio interviews Monday, declared that he's staying in the race. He was scheduled to appear Monday night on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," but canceled at the last minute, sparking a flurry of comments on Twitter.

In the ad, which was first reported by Politico, Akin looks directly into the camera, saying: "Rape is an evil act. I used the wrong words in the wrong way and for that I apologize. As the father of two daughters I want tough justice for predators. I have a compassionate heart for the victims of sexual assault and I pray for them. The fact is rape can lead to pregnancy. The truth is rape has many victims. The mistake I made was in the words I said, not in the heart I hold. I ask for your forgiveness."

Missouri election rules allow a candidate to withdraw with little difficulty through Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET, which is 11 weeks prior to the November 6 election.

After Tuesday, the candidate must get a court order and pay for any necessary reprinting of ballots. The state Republican Party would choose another candidate to run against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, considered one of the most vulnerable senators in the country.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee headed by Cornyn has advised Akin that it will not support his campaign if he stays in the race, a source from the group told CNN.

The race is Missouri is crucial to GOP hopes of winning back the Senate, and national Republicans are targeting McCaskill, who faces a difficult re-election to a second term. The Democrats currently have a 53-47 majority 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.

CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash contributed to this story

Filed under: Abortion • Missouri
soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There has to be something to the statement. I know that he may not want abortion, but there is a clear definition of rape that shouldn't be altered.

    August 21, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  2. VW MAN

    Sure he used the wrong words–he simply said what he believed and now is trying to lie his way out of it. He's done!!

    August 21, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  3. Bluejeans

    Not a chance, Akin. Not a chance.

    August 21, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  4. nolongerarepublican

    No need to ask for forgiveness, the guy just slipped up and spewed all all Republicans feel about women.
    Next a Republican will slip up and say how they really feel about minorities.
    Really nice to see a Republican on his knees begging for his job like a pathetic old woman.

    August 21, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  5. wgf

    It's easy to forgive ignorance, but it's hard to vote for it.

    August 21, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  6. Hawkeye321

    Stubborn and stupid... in other words, ideally qualified to be a politician.

    August 21, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  7. Brenda

    He also thinks people who use cannabis deserve to die.

    August 21, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  8. chedar888

    Sometimes it's true. The foot and mouth disease are all over the republicans. You can hear them in the infested mouth of Michelle Backmann and Rick Santorum. For some reason there are more insane in their district that believe these folks.

    August 21, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  9. GI Joe

    ha ha ha He let the cat out of the bag about all the control over women that the republicans want. They want more babies born so they can then criticize people for being on welfare.

    Man, those people are stupid.

    August 21, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  10. LivingHistory

    This man basically said that if a pregnant woman claims she got pregnant through rape she must be LYING (not a legitimate rape) and the proof is her pregnancy. Unbelievable.

    He deserves what ever political fallout happens.

    August 21, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  11. GI Joe

    Maybe republicans will set up schools for all those born of rape, and train them for their military so they can take over the entire world.

    August 21, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  12. GI Joe

    Read "The White Horse Prophesy" -- Mormons want to rule the entire world.

    August 21, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It would help to clear the stench of stupidity and here-in-the-plantation mentality if this prime example of what the GOP has devolved into would share with us what ELSE he and Ryan have in common vis-a-vis their political views and their take on women and whatever rights we may or may not have under their "enlightened" leadership.
    Obama 2012

    August 21, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  14. Forgiven

    I forgive you and i pray your find some peace. I must admit though, it has never crossed my mind that humanity can demonstrate such extremely stupidity. More worrisome is electing such Leadership speaks volumes, not only of the leader, but more of people's state of mind as well .
    Lord help us

    August 21, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  15. mitchmonster

    "I used the wrong words in the wrong way and for that I apologize", means he still thinks the same way.

    August 21, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  16. GonzoinHouston

    So, if a woman's body magically refuses to conceive in the event of a legitimate rape, does this mean that if she DOES get pregnant then it wasn't rape? Could her pregnancy be used as evidence in the rapist's defense? Sometimes this Republican Alternate Reality gets a little confusing.

    August 21, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  17. Nathan

    Solid ad – well spoken. Dont give up Todd!

    August 21, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  18. Aja

    Aw. Poor wittle Akins wants forgiveness. Umm.....NO!

    August 21, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  19. sbp2

    The religious right: always quick to condemn "sin" in others, always expecting forgiveness for themselves.

    August 21, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  20. scott

    He meant what he said, he just lacks the integrity to admit it. Welcome to the GOP's American Taliban.

    August 21, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  21. Brian Hartman

    It was more than the wrong words in the wrong way. He said something that was patently false. Something that your average sixth grader should've known wasn't true.

    August 21, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  22. starman5

    This man is a 4 star idiot. Seriously America, would you vote for something like this to run your government!!!!!!!

    August 21, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  23. Hogan's Goat

    Sorry, no. You are supposed to have graduated from high school. Step down. Go away.

    August 21, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  24. Immigrant

    Mr Akin jut quit already,and spear us the cycle.

    August 21, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  25. Mary Ann

    Too little,too late.This jerk is what the republican party has become.Not a pretty picture.

    August 21, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
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