Missouri voters weigh in on Akin's Senate bid
August 21st, 2012
01:14 PM ET
2 years ago

Missouri voters weigh in on Akin's Senate bid

St. Charles, Missouri (CNN) - The term "#Akin" was still trending on Twitter Tuesday, two days after the Missouri congressman committed a gaffe on rape. And Missouri voters were still reeling from what many viewed as an incendiary choice of words.

Republican Todd Akin had until 5 p.m. to decide whether he ought to remain in a U.S. Senate race. He has apologized for saying that a woman's body is capable of preventing pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape." He asks for forgiveness in a new television ad.

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  1. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    Asking for forgivess? This isn't church. You said what you meant and you meant what you said. Deal with it!

    August 21, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    I understand his apology. But his asking for forgiveness? What sin has he committed if he actually believes what he says? The ones who SHOULD be asking for forgiveness are those who are misrepresenting themselves. Now, as to whether this has political consequences, THAT is another matter... At least Akin is not lying about what he believes (as far as I know...)

    August 21, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Bill

    Great news here. This reprobate has been cut off from all fundiung by the GOP and its affilated shadfow groups. The DNC can now shore up McCaskill and push for a win. 8/21/12 – the day the GOP's hopes for retaking the senate went up in smoke. Put that in your pipe and smoke Mitch McConnell.

    August 21, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. ja

    the gop don't desreve the senate, production is way down maybe all the sobs can go back to private life

    August 21, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    It's not just the choice of words that are offensive. It's the ideas behind those words that are offensive no matter how they are worded. He didn't misspeak. He said what he believes and it's shameful.

    August 21, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Keeping it Real

    I'm still trying to figure out the outrage at Akin's comments. I don't see anything offensive about them, not in the slightest bit. I did find it stupid, and without basis in fact, and it should be treated accordingly. I did however find Biden's chains remarks extremely offensive, but he seems to not only get a pass, but defended from liberals. It really makes you wonder if the liberals have any morals whatsoever.

    August 21, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The Ryan/Akin personhood amendment says much more about Ryan, and the pubes want Akin to step down.

    August 21, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. Common sense grandma

    The outrage is due to the fact that this man has the power to pass legislation that affects my rights and my life and yet he appears to have not even the basic knowledge of human biology! He would pass legislation based on his ignorance.

    August 21, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Jane

    @Keeping It Real: I'm curious, were you similarly 'outraged' when Rick Santorum used basically the same language in one of his speeches during the primaries? Or do you give a pass to anything a Republican says/does, e.g., were you 'outraged' by all those family values Republicans who are boinking women not their wives???

    August 21, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. ST

    Is GOP forcing Akin to quit because of his poor words OR because he has crashed their hope for retaking the senate? If the answer is the latter, he should not quit. We have all witnessed what GOP congress has done since 2010 and thus, they do not deserve any other win.

    August 21, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. THE truth

    And so it begins...The lib media complexes attempt to win one for obama by trotting out an endless stream of BS "news" stories about this guy... I'm predicting that no one will care about this come election day, especially considering that real unemployment is at 12%.

    August 21, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    According his Akin's world view, his fate is in God's hands, not the voters. I wonder if he knows that politics is a sin.

    August 21, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |