GOP senators call on Akin to step aside
August 20th, 2012
11:03 AM ET
8 years ago

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. Pat in IL

    Unfortunately, this last horrible statement is just the latest in a whole string of wrong-thinking things he has said. He is an idiot at the very least, and has mental problems at the very best.

    August 20, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. rs

    But Blake- with positions as radical as the GOP hold, they'll never achieve majority status. That Akin was ever elected, and speaks idiocy like this is proof. Look at the reaction. Here is proof of the "War on Women". The GOP is toast- Ryan is 100% in agreement, and it is on record.

    August 20, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. What?

    They should all go, they are all useless and have not done a damn thing over the past 4 years or more, for that matter

    August 20, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. macbil

    But, Senator Brown you are going to support the Romney/Ryan ticket in November and Rep. Ryan has the same point of view about women as Rep Akin. He's just more articulate. But check out the House bill that Ryan co-sponsored that would pass a law making a fertilized egg a person. WHAT???? A vast majority of Americans do not agree with this extreme view and realize that passing such a law would turn our society, women's lives, our legal system upside down.

    August 20, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. Indyswimmer66

    Watch those rats scrambling to get off that ship!

    August 20, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. Steve in texas

    Republicans with their faux outrage. Give me a break, they just care about winning the seat, not defending women.

    August 20, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. philtration

    It is not just Akin that thinks this way about women.
    The GOP is full of backwards thinking clowns just like this and the only reason any Republican is calling for him to walk away is because this is just another reminder of the GOP's crazy views they are trying to ram down our throats.
    He just drove another nail in the coffin with women voters and that is why they are panicking.
    Every time the Republicans talk about women’s health, abortion and rights it makes you cringe.

    August 20, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. imzzzz

    Do Right Wing conservative voters REALLY believe that voting for someone who claims to be pro life will reverse ROE WADE? Don't they understand that the politicians will say's easy to say "I'm pro life" because they KNOW they will never be expected to overturn ROE WADE. but it sure gets votes. In the meantime, the Bible's call to avoid greediness (it is called idolatry) are overlooked because a guy is "pro life" sheesh people, really?? You want someone who exploits workers as your leader?

    August 20, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Mark

    to Mike at 1:11 p.m. - Obviously, the GOP is calling for Akin to resign because they realize he may just have lost his chance to win in Missouri, in what was otherwise a tight race already. Mike Murphy, renowned GOP strategist, tweeted that he should resign this morning. And that hurts their chances of taking the Senate. It isn't the liberals who are calling for him to drop out. They think his views are abhorrent, but they want him as the candidate, because – putting aside the far right fringe – he's damaged goods. This is basic politics. The GOP doesn't care about Akin. They want the Senate, and he's now a roadblock to their path.

    August 20, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Richard

    Mike...are you slow? This article is about two republicans saying he should resign yet you blame Liberalism? I would imagine most liberals hope he stays on the ticket.....

    August 20, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. David

    This is an insult on all women in Missouri or all over the world, this lunatic close thinking man should be defeated in flying colors

    August 20, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Republicans - "The Not Intended to Be Factually Accurate" Party

    Instead of JOURNALISTS giving the RYAN/romney "Throwback Team" a pass by allowing them to get away with "we disagree", a true "Free Press" would ask them if they support PERSONHOOD legislation. That would force them to clearly either agree with or disagree with Akin. RYAN agrees with Akin. What I want a straight answer to is: Where is Romney on abortion in ALL cases; including RAPE.

    August 20, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Jan Hetterly

    This is a perfect time to call for sex education in our schools; Akin surely never had any!
    Nor did he study Law; there's nothing legitimate about rape!

    August 20, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "I would imagine most liberals hope he stays on the ticket....."

    You'd be correct. Thankfully, he is apparently going to do so (give CNN some time to catch up).

    August 20, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. Ex-Iowan

    RE: Mike. I agree. Republicans Scott Brown, Ron Johnson, and other GOP leaders calling for Akin to step aside are part of the liberalism that’s harming this country. Let them keep talking as we DEMs are happy that these tea party candidates keep being put on the ticket for November.

    August 20, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. LynneSki

    Really, is anyone that surprised that a 60 something year old white republican male would come up with a statement like this? He was learning his major morals and values in the late 50's and early 60's. A woman's place is in the home! Be pretty when her husband gets home, have dinner on the table, the children all cleaned up and if she gets raped.....SHE ASKED FOR IT!!!!!!!!

    Now all of the other middle aged to older white males in the GOP are all aghast that he said that out loud!!! Even though they all think the same thing.

    August 20, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. geoff hamilton

    I find it hard to believe that a candidate who wants to shut down planned parenthood can distance himself from Akin's comment. Its like he doesn't want to be the guy to take away a woman's right to an abortion in a case of rape, but be the guy who left her nowhere to go.

    August 20, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. EthicsRIP

    Sorry GOP boys, you brought this guy to the prom, now you have to take him home. Maybe you should vet the maniacs you support better. He's an abomination – you screwed this one up Karl. I researched who's been backing him and I can tell you, I won't be supporting their companies any further. Honeywell, for one.

    August 20, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. James Johnson

    It is sad for this is what we actually see, and can only wonder what goes on behind closed doors.

    August 20, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Wes

    I suppose that Duggan girl (I may have spelled her name wrong) that was kidnapped as a child in CA, raped and forced to have kids could have just dreamed them away while in captivity. This guy, as most in the GOP are beyond clowns, they embarrass America. This is a sick man with a sick mind. How about male rape, is he open to that?

    August 20, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |

    With the GOtP, the definition of "rape" is up for debate while the definition of "marriage" is totally off limits.

    August 20, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. NameMary Bluemer

    I really don't think the democrats need to put a lot of money or effort into this fall's elections. The Republicans from Reps Bachman and her McCarthy-style allegations to Rep Akin and his"legitimate rape" statement are doing a great job of shooting themselves in the foot.

    August 20, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. Sal

    The republican party is just digging itself into a bigger and bigger hole. I thought politicians were supposed to be smart. I guess I thought wrong. 

    August 20, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. Thatguy371

    Scott Brown says he doesn't condone it (outloud) but really does. Thinks that way. Ryan too.

    August 20, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. Peace

    With all these kind of rubbish thoughts like Akin's and anyone expect anything concrete can be done in Washington??? No way.

    August 20, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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