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. Goldie

    Freind said the SAME THING back in May.. why didn't they ask him to step down?

    <<>>–Stephen Freind, R-Delaware County

    August 20, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. kimberly

    the only reason that they want him to resign is because they know he has just lost to mccaskill, and want to put someone else in there against her. it has NOTHING to do with doing what is right! If they couldnt put someone in there instead of him they would never ask him to step down ! Nice try though brownie boy

    August 20, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Chris

    Yes, this man is intellectually stunted. Yes, this man should not be holding or running for public office. Yes, he is a misogynistoic _____. But why aren't we also up in arms over all the others in GOP who think similarly, but have simply mastered the art of speaking in nuanced code. So what, just because most right-wingers couch their phrasing in less-offensive syntax, they get a pass? Those who attack Planned Parenthood are of the Akin ilk. They deliver the same message, just more gently. REJECT the message, no matter how it's presented!

    August 20, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. bill dunn

    I love that picture of Akin, he should resign because of that bad toupe and his lame attempt of a combover.

    August 20, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. Matt

    The theory is that actual orgasms create contractions of the cervix that help splash the baby batter up into the uterus. However, if the chick gets thrown down a flight of stairs afterward or run over with a car, no contractions may be necessary. Either way, considering how many mental diseases have a genetic factor, why not call abortion an ounce of prevention for limiting the number of future rapists.

    August 20, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. John N Florida

    Now THIS is Politics. The man said out loud what the whole MALE GOP believes, but HE has to go!
    Because he said it – OUT LOUD.
    The whole Republican House voted in lock step to pass HR 3 INCLUDING the Stupak Amendment which is where Akin got the distinction for 'Legitimate Rape'.
    If your Rep. is Republican, s/he knows what a 'Legitimate Rape' is because they voted for it.

    August 20, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. bugmetoo

    Kinda like Woopi Goldburg trying to cover-up for that Roman Polanski jerk when she stated that "It might have been rape, but it wasn't rape rape!" ?????

    August 20, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. Dee

    Just plain sick, twisted thinking...He needs to step aside. What's in a person comes out one way or another. He meant what he said.

    August 20, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    blake wrote on page 9

    The GOP could make the Democrats a small inconsequential minority party if they would stop their enfighting. Focus your attacks on your ideological enemies, not your colleagues.

    What Akin said was inappropriate and stupid, but you don't call him out publicly. And you certainly don't call for his resignation publicly. This is a private conversation. The GOP keeps shooting itself in the foot.
    Oh, so that's how it works behind closed right wing doors. That's how they "handled" those House members who vacationed in Israel with their spouses and kids last year. "Now listen up. We gotta keep a lid on this. Got it? We cannot shoot ourselves in the foot by letting any of this get out."

    August 20, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. linda Collins

    What is "legitimate" rape? Rape is rape period. The comment is so outrageous and incredibly stupid its like he doesn't even know how pregnancy occurs!!! Unfortunately much of MO is very rural and ignorant and will back him anyway. They'd back a squirrel if it was republican.

    August 20, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. AgrippaMT

    Akin is obviously a loathsome swine. He typifies the sort of Republicans that are running for public office this year. Hopefully, he will lose along with most of the others.

    August 20, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Akins must believe that the Bene Geserit are real people.

    August 20, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. David

    Let him run, let the people decide, not the party!

    August 20, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. JiminNM

    And, murder is murder.

    August 20, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. srichey321

    Another politician caught being who he really is, but let the voters decide.

    August 20, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    I suggest that the so-called pro life Republicans declare the sperm cell itself a life. Therefore when it winds up in places where it dies because it can not meet an egg to fertilize then a crime can be declared. Now sit back and think of where some of those places might be and the jails might become even MORE overflowing.

    August 20, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. Mitt Romney

    But everyone knows that! Tell 'em, fellas. We learned about it in Mormon School.

    August 20, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. Hogan's Goat

    "Politicians are just as human as the rest of us, they all say something that they shouldn't." Nobody else has said that women have nonexistent anti-rape glands. That's not a mistake, that's thinking people are solid inside like potatoes. He's too stupid. What, you LIKE him?

    August 20, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Hogan's Goat

    "The theory is that actual orgasms create contractions of the cervix that help splash the baby batter up into the uterus. "

    What a wild theory. Completely crazy. Do you ALL believe this stuff?

    August 20, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. UDidntBuildThat

    ghostriter-"republicans hardly purge their bad guys. Newt was a frontrunner for a while. Why can't republicans accept their nutjobs as such and not let them get elected in the 1st place?"
    what a stupid argument! Is Newt the nominee? Absolutely Repubs purge the bad in their party. B/c Newt lost!!! Geitner was a tax evador, he is treasury secretary, Barney Franks, Robert Byrd (x KKK), Weiner-Weiner, John Edwards (a vice president candiate and was considred by Obama on a short list inpsite of his scandals), Chris Dodd (research countrywide) the list goes on...Give me a break!

    August 20, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. Norm

    Thats right fellas...the last thing you need is one of your guys letting the American people know how you REALLY feel about women.
    Better get him outa there.

    August 20, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. danita

    He's not the only one who needs to go... 1st Obama 2nd Joe 3rd and both Clintons. Still don't understand why
    Bill is still trying to run the country! He really had nothing to do while in office but sit at the Oval desk, and couldn't do that well. He had a problem with his zipper and couldn't do his job.

    August 20, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Tom

    There is no excuse for people like Todd Akin. It appears that religion has somehow interfered with his education. Regardless of his intelligence level, Akin is under educated.

    August 20, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. JiminNM

    There's no excuse for abortion either.

    August 20, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. UDidntBuildThat

    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 |
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