Romney calls on Akin to exit race
August 21st, 2012
04:06 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney calls on Akin to exit race

(CNN) - Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, joined a host of fellow Republicans in calling on Rep. Todd Akin to withdraw from his Missouri Senate race Tuesday. His campaign released the following statement:

"As I said yesterday, Todd Akin's comments were offensive and wrong and he should very seriously consider what course would be in the best interest of our country. Today, his fellow Missourians urged him to step aside, and I think he should accept their counsel and exit the Senate race."


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  1. Unbelievable!

    This is starting to look funnier. Assange vs. Akin. One wants to go, the other one will not. Who will emerge as a winner???

    August 21, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. anoel2005

    Since Joe Biden (D) said "they'll put ya'll back in chains", shouldn't the Dems kick him off the Obama ticket ?

    After all, Biden's a race baiter.

    August 21, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. derp

    Love this.

    They are tossing this guy under a bus for clarifying the GOP position on abortion.

    Ask Paul Ryan if he thinks 12 year old girl who gets raped and impregnated should be allowed to have an abortion.

    August 21, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Pulsifier

    I'd like to see Akin's tax returns too.

    August 21, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. derp

    Love this.

    They are tossing this guy under a bus for clarifying the GOP position on abortion.

    Ask Paul Ryan if he thinks 12 year old girl who gets rap ed and impregnated should be allowed to have an abortion.

    August 21, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. derp

    "Republican mantra = we will fix the economy , reform the tax code, keep Medicare solvent and create jobs"

    So why is it then that the Republican senate candidate was discussing abortion.

    August 21, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. derp

    "Republican mantra = we will fix the economy , reform the tax code, keep Medicare solvent and create jobs"

    So why is it then that the Republican senate candidate was discussing abo rtion

    August 21, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Frankie

    Akin/Paul Ryan come from the same thread of the Republican party. Just because they say they Ryan agrees with Romney who has changed from the primary on this stance (etch a sketch) doesn't mean the American people are going to buy it. Ryan has a 100% rating from the ProLife movement. He has a bill with Akin for redefining rape. Please.

    August 21, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. Jim Hahn

    Akin's problem isn't how he feels (the GOP feels the same way), the problem is that he said it out loud. On the Radio!!! That was his offense. See the GOP feels it's OK to legislate against women as long as you don't say you're doing so. You see they can say their not anti-women because they've never SAID that they are, but as anyone knows ACTIONS speak much louder than words.

    August 21, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. sara

    lol....MO. republicans asked Akins to drop out, now Willard after hearing Rush Limbaugh ask Akins to get out....Willard followed suit. Willard may as well get ready to sell Ryan's "forcefully" rape legislation that he co-sponsored with Akins.

    I will get rid of Planned Parenthood Willard and "Forceful Rape" Ryan are the pediment of "Switch and BAIT". They would never have called for him to drop out as "DECENT HUMAN BEINGS" because this is What they BElIEVE too! It's only because they are running for president "for heaven sake". Obama 2012

    August 21, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. Davenport

    A vote for McCaskill is vote for Obama continuing to ruin the country.

    August 21, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. lolo

    Don't blame the democrats because Akin talked out of turn. It was suppose to be a secret, but he let the cat out of the bag. LOL!!!!! I am glad that I am basing my vote on the issues and not the color of people's skin, sex or religion. The issue is that Romneyhood is a poor excuse for a man and does not have a clue about government except getting tax deductions and shipping the money overseas to his Swiss accounts and he should not be president of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA period. Stupid is what stupid does and this goes for the entire republican party. You people as Ann likes to say are really out there in LALA land.

    August 21, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  13. Don in Albuquerque

    Amazing. After their hard line stance of "no abortion ai no time, for no reason.". I would say they are completely aligned with Akin. I bet Mitt would like to change his VP pick.

    August 21, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. anoel2005

    Republican mantra = we will fix the economy , reform the tax code, keep Medicare solvent and create jobs.

    Democrat mantra = those stupid Republicans are pro life no matter what. LOL

    The liberal media is complicit in blowing this up & keeping this garbage in the news. It was one comment made by one man (Akin) and the media elevates this issue as if we declared another World War. The liberal media loves this.

    August 21, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. TheTraveler

    Republicannibals ... they feed on their own.

    August 21, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Ask Paul Ryan if he thinks 12 year old girl who gets rap ed and impregnated should be allowed to have an abortion."

    He'll respond with a question. Wanna guess what that question is?

    August 21, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. Kareen

    Romney can scream all he wants, his partner Ryan has the same beliefs as Akin.

    August 21, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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