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. timothy

    Akin just said what all Tea Party Birther Republicans think.

    August 20, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. steven harnack

    The only reason that Republicans are chastising this guy is that it is a big nono to actually tell the voters what the Party's position is . Their bait-and-switch strategy requires that you keep this stuff to yourself until AFTER you get elected. Even then you don't have to actually come out and say it, you just pass bills that make your opinions into law. How is this any different that the bill that Ryan pushed to only allow an abortion in the case of 'forcible rape"? See, all they have to do is redefine rape without having to get the backlash like this guy is getting. Same result, no headlines.

    August 20, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Kweso

    Well American Women, it is no longer gossip. You heard it loud and clear from a true republican hero.

    August 20, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. SCOTO

    This is the party that has Rush Limbaugh as its self proclaimed "voice" and it does nothing to disown him.
    And your surprised by this? Not me.

    August 20, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. PTBarnumboy

    These senators had better be careful. Those hillbilly voters in Missouri don't take kindly to folks speaking ill of their kin folk and the like.

    August 20, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. rickh

    Aaahhhh – Todd Akin – the gift that keeps on giving. Hang in there Todd, don't resign, stay in the race – we need you!!!

    August 20, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. damo12345

    The man serves on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

    He says things like this, and yet he's expected to be one of the men who make decisions about how America should pursue goals in science.

    August 20, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Mitt Romney

    I say this is scientific fact, same as the Lamarck Hypothesis. Let's vote on it, and to heck with Galileo.

    August 20, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. marinedad05

    Beam me up, Scottie!

    I need to go to another dimension, to clearly understand you GOPers.

    August 20, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. loada crap

    Akin now says he "mis-spoke". At least he didn't use the standard GOP response "the lamestream media has taken it out of context". And I guess that it's because you can't dream up a context that "legitimate rape" is acceptable. He could also use GOP standard response number 2 "There are more crucial things to focus on and the lamestream media chooses to make a big deal out of legitimate rape". These are the kinds of cavemen that think insurance should cover viagra but not birth control. Whacko.

    August 20, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Joe

    Come on not all rape is Rape-Rape, just ask Whoopi. How come all the uproar when a republican makes this kind of statement?

    August 20, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Kim , Dodge City, Kansas

    It is shocking that half of this country still thinks the Republican point of view on women's rights is acceptable. Take a good look America, this is the mind-set of Romney and Ryan and main stream Republicans across this nation. This guy will still run, and there are people who will still vote for him.

    August 20, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. NorCalMojo

    He should step down. The ignorance about gynocology could be forgiven, but implying that women are pretending to be raped to get abortions is pretty disgusting. He may have a great career ahead of him in Saudi or Egypt, though.

    August 20, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Tam

    Does this guy have a family? Wife, daughters, daughters-in-law, nieces?

    August 20, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. scottf

    Don't believe for one moment that many of the right wingers don't agree with Akin. Just listen to the former comments of the right wing leaders. look at what these people DO, not what they SAY.

    August 20, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. thinksense1

    To demand that this individual step aside is nothing short but hypocritical. The man has apologized which is more than what can be said for Biden's remark about "chains". Politicians are just as human as the rest of us, they all say something that they shouldn't.

    August 20, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. TY

    Scotty boy, this is not going to just wants votes. We all not how your party feels about this, we know that you are Walls Street BOY!

    August 20, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. Larry

    Is it any wonder that we still have idiots who also feel that climate change has nothing to do with humans? The GOP has lost its course thanks to Teabaggers.

    August 20, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. Too Legit

    GOP = the sell out party LOL. They are always running away from each other. Hahaha

    Just to clarify:
    I always tell my body to shut it down when it comes to illegitimate rape, only when its legit I say...okay....I'm open for business!!!
    .... what a circus.

    August 20, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. Chumlee

    Free press Brown. Top of the opportunist pile.

    Elizabeth Warren 2012 – MA

    August 20, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. Lukey in Cambridge

    Why didn't Brown ask him to resign from the House of Representatives? Suspect he just wants to replace him in the senate race who is not damaged goods.

    August 20, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. Ramesh Kapoor

    Persons with level of intellect should never be elected by the public. As a respect to the voters who voted for him he should resign. The voters did not know how deeply flawed his thinking was when they voted for him. If he does not resign gracefully, the voters should take steps to recall him.
    This is a good time to consider limiting public offices to single term to minimize damage to the country from such persons and all politicians who lie about their beliefs to get elected.

    August 20, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Sam

    @loada crap:
    I thank you for your words...You absolutely articulated what I was thinking.

    August 20, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. Aimleft

    The ignorance of this comment – that women's body could somehow shut down during a "legimate" (or ANY) rape – is astonishing. The misogyny of the mindset comes through in inferring that any woman who got pregant wasn't "legimately" raped and must have "wanted it." Sick, typical old white male GOP thinking. Also, the idiots trying to tie in remarks by Biden or anyone else are showing stupidity on a similar level, along with breathtaking desperation.

    August 20, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. judy

    A Republican on the SCIENCE Committee?!?! Talk about a walking oxymoron! (emphasis on the 'moron')

    August 20, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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