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. Ted McD

    Ryan's stated stance on abortion is basically identical....of course now he'll back away from that until after the election.

    August 20, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Bootstomper

    How could any sane and rationale person vote for the modern republican party.

    August 20, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. faye62

    Akin needs a refresher course in human anatomy.....I guess he thinks that women get pregnant when a stork stops by with a baby in a diaper...His ignorance of what happens when a women is raped is unreal-"she can shut that right down".. Sad

    August 20, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Craig

    No. He should stay in the race so Mccaskill can easily win. Thanks anyway Mr. Brown.

    August 20, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. BigTBone

    Who is Scott Brown really? What kind of politician would he be if he wasn't up against Warren? Or having to pander to the ridiculous GOP of today?

    The big money has bet on this guy. Read the comments for any Liz Warren article on yahoo, HP or here. They're packed with penny posters trashing her on everything under the sun. Obviously scared of her capability because no one but Obama or Holder brings that level of attack.

    This really is a pander move, but it may be grounded in logic. Which is confusing for the righties.

    August 20, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. JG

    Get over yourselves, liberals. He used the word "legitimate" to mean "actual". And what he says is true. No one can deny the fact that rapes resulting in pregnancy are rare. Bad choice of words but this is being blown out of proportion. Where is the equivalent outrage for Biden's "keep y'all in chains" comment? Both men would probably like to have those comments back. The difference is that liberals are sharks out for blood in the water. Disgusting.

    Liberals, don't delude yourself that this will make any difference. I live in Missouri and Comrade Claire is about as popular as a tornado here.

    August 20, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Jesuits to Paul Ryan: "Your budget appears to reflect the values of your favority philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ".

    A wise move from a strategic point of view, but MSNBC say it is the missus that is calling the shots, and she will never agree for him to step aside.

    Oh well, let the GOP war on women continue!

    August 20, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. Patriot Awesome

    What's really scary, is that Akin is on the congressional science committee.

    August 20, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Calvin Our World Millwood

    What's the Senator's view on one of God's laws about rape?
    (Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NLT – If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.)

    Will he ask God to step aside also because God's law is outrageous, inappropriate and wrong?

    Or does he still support this God that condones rape but not God's law about the rape victim?

    August 20, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Curt

    The unfortunate part is he probably meant exactly what he said and its even scarier that many more republicans think the same way. Never in my have I heard that any rape could be considered legitimate. Shame on him and congrats to Brown for having the courage to say something.

    August 20, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    What is going on? Is it a new strategy by GOP/Tea Party politiicans to apologize for their hateful and intolerant remarks? Rep Atlkn should stay in the race. He was chosen by the collective wisdom of GOP/Tea Party voters in Missouri.

    August 20, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. luke,az

    The Republican party should step aside. These men want women to be barefoot,pregnant and un-educated.

    August 20, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. De Odorizer

    "i don'n understand how the peoples of missouri can vote for this guy,". Missourians are strange people, I say that with affection. They voted for a deceased candidate once because they couldn't stand the sight of Ashcroft anymore. Perhaps they are sending a message to the voters about Akin: stupid is as stupid does.

    August 20, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. Brendan

    There seem to be many people who like Scott's opponent Chief Liz Warren of the "lying ho" tribe. Scott is right to call out Rep Akins BS, too bad there is no honorable behavior like this in the Democrat Party, I barely heard a peep when Biden made his racist remark last week.

    August 20, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. California Gary

    I don't understand why the other members of the GOP are jumping on this guy.......they have all cast votes that reflect this man's position. Amazing how quickly people run from their established viewpoints when the heat gets turned up a bit. And how quickly they eat their own when it becomes politically expedient.

    August 20, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. JG

    The "war on women" is a fictional concoction designed to scare people into an Obama vote. Even more outrageous than "Mediscare" tactics.

    If Obama is so wonderful, why can't you rely on his record and accomplishments to garner votes? Could it be because there is none? Hmmm....

    August 20, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Gerry

    Sorry Brown.. You showed which side you are on when you voted with your party on abortion, dismantling women's health clinics and taking away any thing to do with woman's issues. How could you do that even against your own daughters?? Shame on you...

    August 20, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. JZ

    This is the position this fraud needs to take at the moment. Whatever he thinks will propel him into office again – he'll commit to. This guy along with his Republican counterparts have an unsettling stance on abortion and believe strongly in what Akin had spurted out. SCARY!

    August 20, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. Hey, Mittens got anymore of those 100K jobs at Bain for doing nothing? 'Call Me, Maybe?'

    Does an "illegitmate rape" mean the woman was actually "enjoying" the encounter and her "body defenses" betrayed her???

    August 20, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. Doug in NYC

    I like Senator Scott Brown, don't agree with him on everything of course, but I like this guy. He's willing to go against his own party at critical times like this. Not 100% sure I'd vote for him but, I certainly would look at what the choice is and vote. AS EVERY VOTER SHOULD DO!

    Akin should not only resign he should go to Afganistan and join the Taliban given his views on women!

    August 20, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. Bob A D

    Now how can Paul Ryan distance himself from this when he backed a bill to state the Life Begins at Conception? It would be Murder under his law NO MATTER WHAT.

    August 20, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. Mr. Terry of Minnesota

    I am glad Brown did not pass the Republican Tea Party Test like Akin and Bachmann. Perhaps we the people should require an IQ test prior to running for any office. My sense is our local dog catcher can flunk the Republican Tea Party Test. GOD help our nation as it becomes more and more ignorant.

    August 20, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. PaulCat

    That's right Brown, say what you need to say in order to get reelected. After you are elected, just tell them you misspoked.

    August 20, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. Jim Hahn

    Nice to see that at least one Republican (at least in name only, he's be a liberal Democrat anywhere else in the country), gets it.

    August 20, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Blue

    Scott, we all know that you are in a tight election. The GOP has been after women in every state whsere they have control.

    August 20, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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