August 20th, 2012
11:04 PM ET
10 years ago

Akin's 'legitimate rape' comments trouble for GOP

Washington (CNN) - The fallout over U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin's controversial comments on rape jolted Republicans nationally on Monday and threatened longer-term consequences for them, potentially reviving the "war on women" debate and possibly hurting their campaign to win control of the Senate.

Republican leaders let out a collective groan when Akin claimed in a television interview on Sunday that "legitimate rape" rarely resulted in pregnancy, saying that "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."


Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Missouri • Republicans • Senate
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. CL38

    It's great the right i's letting it all hang out. Keep it up, boys.

    August 20, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  2. The Dude

    Akin sickens me to the point of never supporting another republican in any election. It's time to put an end to the GOP. None of them can be trusted or believed.

    August 20, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  3. Marty, FL

    The media needs to ask Ryan why he co-sponsored the personhood amendment with Akin, and what is the difference with 'forcible' rape in Ryan's bill? Rape is rape and to suggest otherwise in Ryan/Akin's bill is incredibly offensive.

    August 20, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  4. enuff

    It was a stupid comment to make. It was inconsiderate to rape victims. If you look and compare notes from previous GOP anti-abortion speeches, he was just following the party line.

    August 20, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  5. Orwell sees it, again & again

    Save America, outlaw the Republican party of sociopaths.

    August 20, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  6. 100 % ETHIO

    Only Christianity must be served in U.S

    August 21, 2012 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  7. Thomas

    Poor sacrificial Lamb !

    August 21, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  8. ThinkAgain: Under the Ryan Plan, Romney Pays 0.87% in taxes

    It's only trouble in the sense that it shows just how offensive and dumb the GOP has become.

    Reagan, Goldwater, Eisenhower and Lincoln are SPINNING in their graves!

    August 21, 2012 01:17 am at 1:17 am |

    I see ignorance is alive and well. There is nothing this individual can say to take back his remarks on a woman being raped. Without pause I do not hesitate in calling him a liar, no doctor would make such a statement regarding rape and how is it possible a woman can prevent such a horrible action of being impregnated by a beast forcing her to indulge in a act that is so brutal. if he has a wife, daughter, mother, sister, etc I would like to know how he would respond if they were raped. They need to sit down and have a conversation about the body and mind and how it reacts to trauma.Statements like his is one of the many reasons women are still very uncomforable about coming forward to report a rape. Little minds need to keep certain comments to themselves. But, he is one of several politicals who have no idea as to what it is like to be raped nor do they care.

    What I see and hear going on with all of these politicans are a disgrace to those who died to provide us liberty now and in the past. They have no concern with anyone. They are a disgress to our race of human beings. They are thoughtless, arrogant, and self-centered.

    The jerk who made the comment on rape needs to go back in his cave.

    August 21, 2012 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  10. Anonymous

    Romney's 70 years old if he dies Paul Ryan Opinion will stand

    August 21, 2012 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  11. Gizmo

    Everytime these worthless Republicant's open their mouths, they put their foot in it! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012 AND BEYOND!!!

    August 21, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Just another example of the GOP not willing to learn science. This time it is biology that wasn't learned. I guess that many don't care as to how things work except for business to make money.

    August 21, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  13. Dave

    Akin just expressed to true ignorance of the GOP. This was really no surprise.

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

    He let the cat out of the bag - Co-sponsored a bill with Paul Ryan saying the same thing.

    Read the "White Horse Prophesy" before it's too late. The mormons want to rule the world and they need to have more soldiers for their armies. If they can rape women and force them to have their babies, they have their armies in 18 years. read it people.

    August 21, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  15. THE truth

    Yeah. Keep dreaming libs. This story won't be on the minds of voters come November, when REAL unemployment will still be over 12%. Look at it this way, obama still has supporters, even after stupidly saying that if you own a business, you didn't build it without big government help. He STILL has supporters after that. This won't hurt the GOP.

    August 21, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |