GOP senators call on Akin to step aside
August 20th, 2012
11:03 AM ET
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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. DW

    Anyone (i.e., ALL Republicans) should resign as well for having voted for the Stupak Amendment. Signing your name to it is just as bad as saying it out loud!

    August 20, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. trufaldino

    How about the rest of the tea party people, Brown? Or do you only like shooting fish in a barrel?

    August 20, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. Guest

    Well, on another point, Massachusetts certainly does not need Elizabeth Warren...

    August 20, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. The Truth Teller

    No Brown ! I can't take it anymore you lie , lie , lie , you voted against every bill that was pro woman , how can you stand up and say this guy should step down , so I guess your gonna step down also huh !

    August 20, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. mike

    Calls for resignation from the GOP: "he should have kept his comments where the GOP hides its h o m o s e x u a l i t y , in the closet where stuff like that belongs"

    August 20, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. DW

    Anyone who voted for the Stupak Amendment, which 'gave birth' to the phrase "legitimate rape" should also resign. Signing your name to it is actually worse than saying it out loud. Let them - Republicans all - stand up and be counted out.

    August 20, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Lynn

    Paul Ryan tried to change the language to "forcible rape" so he needs to go too.

    August 20, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Bill, NY

    The Republican war on women is for real!!!

    August 20, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. Doc_Hollywood

    Unfortunately, if his remarks increased his chances of winning, the republicans would either ignore him or encourage him. What he said wasn't offensive to them, what it did to their chances of retaking the senate was offensive to them. And that's the irony in all of this.

    August 20, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. brij

    Scott Brown is indeed trying to prove by coming out and denouncing Akin's comment he can win the election.
    Not so fast... shooting just one finish doesnt get the poison out.

    August 20, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. UDidntBuildThat

    Guest – u nailed it! I forgot to add Warren to the list for her dumb comment about being part American Indian. But then again my previous list gave Dems who did things that warranted jail time for us regular folks. Instead, most of them are in office now. One of them is the vice president!
    Wow! Go Dems!

    August 20, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    Two points:

    1. Gotta love the conservatives on here saying the President or Biden needs to go as well. Upset and mad that THEIR guy opening his mkouth and mucked up things yet again for the republican party. When a republican fouls up in the worst way I notice some conservatives on here try their best to bring up faults or reasons a democrat need to be removed as well. A case of ignoring the elephant in the room regarding their own mistakes....or words misspoken,hahahaha.

    2. For all the talk of unseating the president in November, I gotta hand it the one does a better job at helping the president than THEY do,hahahahahahaha. I mean everday the do their best to shoot themselves in the foot,muck up ANY progress and just flat out do the presidents work for him.

    The republican party. The gift the keeps on giving proudly since the summer of 2008.

    August 20, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. martin

    just like an alcoholic, the gop has to hit bottom before it starts to rebuild. and maybe this is it. akin's remarks are a classic example of what happens when ideological considerations and religious beliefs trump common knowledge and even common sense!

    August 20, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. JC in Western U.S.

    Senator Brown is running for election too. But he stood up for what is right, regardless of what the party might have wanted to say or do. I'm a Democrat, but I extend to Sen. Brown my respect for being a man who does what's right, not what's politically careful.

    August 20, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Here-we-Go-again

    Do not push anyone around on this topic Demcrybabies and Weak Kneed Spineless Republicans.

    Liberials and Liberial Government controlled media want to make this another distraction issue so no one forces the deal with the real issues on protecting the rights of the Unborn Children in a female's womb. Why do you want to encourage punishing the child for this aweful crime of rape? Give the child up for adoption, many women who can't have kids will be glad to nutur and raise them.

    That is the real solution.

    Don't use politics to deal with the 800 lb gorrila in the room.

    August 20, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  16. Here-we-Go-again


    Do you plan to use Navy Seal team 6 or Drones in this war? Who is your enemy?

    August 20, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. Akin is

    an American hero fighting for the unborn against our muslim president

    August 20, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. Here-we-Go-again


    Great examples of Dems on the wrong side of the law. Besides, we all know they like a little something on the side to play with... Boys will be boys in the Democrybaby party (hardy) group.

    August 20, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  19. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX


    Sniffit u ever heard of Perdue, Rangel, Weiner, Franks, Dodd, McCaskil, Geitner, Holder, Byrd, Biden, Edwards. Guess how many of them are still in office for tax evasion, plagarism, corrupt political favors, pardoning a felon who was a campaign contributor. Gee u think what they did is as bad as what the idiot Akin said? Hardly..

    August 20, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |


    Conservative playbook 101 right here. Lets JUSTIFY the republican wrong doings by ignoring the elephant in the room that is a major gaffe and offensive remark made by a guy in your party. I'll justify this wrong,by bringing up some democrats and perhaps that will make my argument right or distract from the real issue we are debating. Which is what Akin said. Which falls in line with ALOT of GOP lawmakers have fallen in line with through the legislation they have voted for and on.

    UDidntBuildThat.....please stop ignoring the elephant in the room and the issue at hand. Taking about Biden, Holder or anyone else won't make what AKIN said go away.

    Ironic that you use a screen name bearing the comment made by the president that was and has obviously been twisted and interpreted for political gain. Verses a comment by Akin that can in NO WAY be twisted or interpreted in ANY other way.He said what he said. There is NO room for argument there.

    Don't bring talking points to a factual gun fight.

    August 20, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. yep

    The only reason Brown is saying step down is because it's a safe way for him to appear pro-women without really going against his base directly. Politics at work.

    August 20, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. Luke Brown

    The Republican Party in Missouri nominated Akin. He won fair and square. Now he is expected to give up the nomination because some RINOs in other states need to generate some headlines?

    August 20, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. Carol Keys

    No kidding – of course he should resign. And then there needs to be a real conversation about why we are having to defend women from any elected official. How does someone (Akin) with this level of ignorance end up in office, let alone on a Science Subcommittee? This is truly terrifying.

    August 20, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  23. ghostriter

    udidn't, do you really wanna list the republicans who ought to be ashamed of themselves? You guys had Newt as a frontrunner. He had a shot. Well after disgracefully leaving congress. That speaks volumes about republicans. Willing to vote for whoever is yelling I hate Obama the most.

    August 20, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. Fred Schwiers

    The American Taliban see them for the Haters they are!

    August 20, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  25. Hogan's Goat

    Yeah, these are the people who also understand Medicare and banking. "You see, the Medicare patients have special muscle that tightens up when their medical care is cut off, and . . ."

    August 21, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
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