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. teej

    I'm with you Andrew. Mis-speak my eye – in a politicians perfect world... What is the human psychology that causes us to let them get away with that???

    August 20, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. blue_collar_hoosier

    "Republicans exposed. 3 cheers!!"

    dont take the ramblings of one guy and try to claim half the country somehow agrees with him. the left has more than "a few" village idiots of their own – such as joe biden, sheila jackson, and hank johnson (who feared the island of guam would capsize because the US military wanted to expand its base there) to name a few – but i do not claim that ALL democrats are this stupid. i do not claim they speak for the thoughts and feelings of ALL democrats. it would be nice if some of you could return the favor.

    August 20, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |

    Why would anybody even want to be a republican and even consider voting for a party that promotes these absurd views , vote Dem for normal people not Gop freaks !!!!!!

    August 20, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. James Johnson

    It is sad this seems to have become the American way of life....... I was just reading the story of Randy Weaver on NBC and the FBI Agent named Lon Hourichi who was a sniper and shot Mrs, Weaver dead while she held her baby........ It seems some in Government have no regard or real world understanding and believe women with children are just useless things; not being on their level of existence...

    August 20, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. truth hurts

    He apologized. End of story. Did Biden apologize? Why not?

    August 20, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "American Journal of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Over 32,000 pregnancies result from rape in this country EVERY YEAR.
    Akin is an idiot who does not speak for me or, dare I say, the vast majority of conservatives.

    Meanwhile... SOMETHING needs to be done about all that raping."

    Well, one thing's for sure: having elected officials running around creating a climate of disrespect for women's autonomy, independence, rights to reproductive freedom, etc., and even enacting legislation designed to curtail those things in order to institutionalize and codify a culture of misogyny...that's 100% certain to help with "all that raping," eh?

    August 20, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. joe smith

    look, he has a legitimate birth certificate, and he believes govn't vehicles need not be hybrids, thus saving you can this be reason to vacate..give him a break..he's from the show me state..

    August 20, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Peikoffi

    Democrats would like to claim Akin is a maniac, but Biden is not a maniac.

    August 20, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Paul

    Akin will win. The last poll had him up by 11 points.. Missouri is a solid red state and I can tell you this will not matter much. I live in Missouri and based on the signs I see Akin is well ahead.

    August 20, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Kit

    I don't agree with abottion but i don't think it is up to me or the goverment to tell other women what to do.I think the republicans truly want to set this country back to the 500 years?

    August 20, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. ST

    This level of ignorance of Todd Akin is not accepted and can't be tolerated. Still they call him representative?? Representing what? Ignorance????

    August 20, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. cali girl

    Wow, somewhere in his rant he lead on that women have ways to rid their body of the pregnancy. If that surely happened there would be no need cor contraception in any way shape or form. It was very close to him saying that men including rapists are not responsible for the child, but just for their act in what they did.
    am with you j.j. in c.a.not sure if any woman would not see the disastrous things that GOP'ers are doing all over the country. Person hood claims attached to bills in congress (like Rand Paul with the Flood insurance bill), shutting down Planned Parenthood funding and clinics, trans vaginal ultrasound in Virginia.

    August 20, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Meanwhile... SOMETHING needs to be done about all that raping."

    Well, perhaps, if we'd like to get rid of "all that raping," the first step might be eliminating all of the rabid political panderers who waste valuable Congressional and gov't resources spending their time trying to instituionalize and codify a culture of misogyny via legislation that shows a complete and utter lack of respect and a failure to acknowledge women's autonomy, independence, rights to reproductive freedom and choice, etc. and only succeeds in generating a climate of condescension and disrespect towards women and women's issues...belittling, ignoring and trying to control and manipulate. When our leaders do it, it tells people that it's ok.

    August 20, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |

    Just another side of the guy running up in Romney.

    August 20, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. ghostriter

    Hosier, republicans have tried to tie Obama to any statement made by anyone who espouses to be a democrat. While I can appreciate the sentiment, republicans have set the bar very low for campaigning. Besides, while the comment itself is bad, the stance behind it of no abortion ever is a stance Romney took at various points in his career and Ryan has stood by up till recently.

    August 20, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. Nita Williams

    I've been legitimately raped. I thank God that I didn't become pregnant, but if I had, here is a politian who believes that if I did get pregnant, then it wasn’t a legitimate rape?! I don't believe in abortions, but God bestowed upon us free will, so eventually we all have to answer for our indiscretions. It’s ironic that the republicans want to ban abortions, by imposing governmental legislation that affects our person, during a time when they keep expounding the need for less government control. Wait…isn’t that socialist behavior?

    August 20, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. alan_turing

    So, now we have Scott Brown all of a sudden on his moral high horse? He should stick to his Indian crap.

    August 20, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. Hey Seed

    Trust me! Akin is a kook, a nut, an extremist, but perfectly represents the thinking of a majority of people from Missouri. Trust me! I live in this rathole of a state!

    August 20, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Eli

    One man is not an entire party. Should all college coaches be indicted because of Joe Paterno? All democrats believed to be imbeciles because of Joe Biden? All husbands be considered abusers because of Oj.?all neurophysists crazy because ......... You get my drift! Let's be rational. The GOP will pressure his resignation from running, Both presidential candidatesr have condemned his statement. This election this year is too important to be distracted by an idiot; don't give him that much power over you! Rash decisions, based on irrelevant facts, never turn out to be wise.
    How many of you remember Gary Hart?

    August 20, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. Obama/Biden - We Wanna Put Government Chains on Y'ALL

    He apologized. End of story. The people of Missouri will decide who they want.

    August 20, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. SFRich

    Akin remarked that the good people of Missouri nominated him, and that he's not a quitter.

    This is truly precious, as it allows the good people of Missouri to option of electing this idiot. It's all part of the greater GOP scheme of electing anyone with a pulse to run our country. No need for possessing logic and critical reasoning skills, just follow the party line.

    August 20, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. James PDX

    Scott says Todd is a jerk and he's going to kick his butt after Congress lets out.

    August 20, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. James PDX

    Only in America do we gather a group of village idiots and try to choose the least idiotic among them to run our country.

    August 20, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. scott

    i dont care if it is election time...i applaud the senator for saying something...just wish the rest of the r's would say those comments are out of line and ignorant...

    August 20, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. bankkiller1

    He was caught lying on tape. It was not a "flub". He believed everything he said and it was not the first time he said it. His crime was getting caught and being exposed for his crazy, harmful thoughts. The midwest is not known for being progressive but do they want the American Taliban ruling them? Religion causes so much harm and this is an example. First they deny rape even happens and then it is the woman's fault! Then this nonsense!

    August 20, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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