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. Rae Ann Pointer

    Step down for what? Because he said something controversial? He's a POLITICIAN people!

    August 20, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. FedUp

    I can not believe there is a man that is this ignorant, in this day and age. Goes to show that some people just don't care to learn something before they speak about the subject.

    August 20, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. biglio

    What i find most horrifying, and the comment is bad that this guy is on the congress science committee, he believes in fiction and myth and sits on the science committee......that tell you why research in the US is crumbling and we are being surpassed by Europe and China.......
    He is clearly not going to resign but at least he should be kicked out of the committee, someone that believes that women can "shut it down" during a rape should have no say in where science is going to go in this country, unfortunately this is the sad state of the Republican America as of today......

    August 20, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Mitt Romney

    See, the Angel Fnar intervenes in cases where it's "legitimate" rape, and He makes the girl's mongroid gland enlarge so that the spumes cannot intervene with the mungo. We learn this in Basic Magical Thinking 101, you old Muggles.

    August 20, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. JG

    I stand with Rep. Akin and agree with his stance on child-killing. The child is no less a human being depending on the circumstances under which he/she is conceived. It's called an opinion, you simpletons. Other peoples' may not agree with yours. Deal with it. Funny how torqued up the "open-minded" liberals become when they hear any dissent from their humanist gospel. Mr. Akin will make a fine senator and I will be proud when he represents my state.

    August 20, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Don

    When a Repub is from a majority Dem0crat state, the pressure is always on to behave like a human being. That is Scott Brown's dilemma....and why he could never get a Prez nomination in the G0P. He occasionally must call out those in his own party...which makes him a RiNO in their language.

    August 20, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. PaulCat

    When will congress come back from their 5 WEEKS paid vacation? They had worked so hard.

    August 20, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Fair is Fair


    ...and yet Mr. Brown thinks that women do not have the right nor choice to make decisions about their bodies.

    WRONG AGAIN. Scott Brown is a pro-choice Republican. You certainly have a penchant for making statements you have absolutely no clue on, don't you?

    August 20, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. ArthurP

    Now this is what the Romney campaign should have said. Have this chap run instead he at least has real principles.

    August 20, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. mudbone9

    Akins distasteful attitude on women’s issues sounds a lot like what the Taliban preaches. He just happens to be one of the dumb Republicans that speak their minds. They all feel this way in one degree or another.

    August 20, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Nietodarwin

    Ryan also cosponsored the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" with Akin in 2011. The GOP tried to narrow the definition of rape as it related to abortions with the measure. Only in instances of "forcible rape," the bill specified, would a woman be eligible to have her abortion covered under insurance." IF SCOTT BROWN IS CALLING ON AKIN TO STEP DOWN HE SHOULD CALL ON RYAN TO STEP DOWN TOO.

    August 20, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. rs

    JG- the evidence fpr the GOP War on Women is there in the Congressional Record. Look at all the bills identical to Mr. kin's (AND Mr. Ryan's) positions.

    August 20, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. LOL

    He's only telling him to step down to make himself look better in his own "close race".

    August 20, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. Bob

    He needs to resign, like right now. What he said was so absurd and callous that you can't recover from that.

    August 20, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. Nietodarwin

    The GOP isn't "being taken over" by the extremists. THEY TOOK OVER A LONG TIME AGO. Sen. Brown should be calling for Ryan to step down, just the same as Akin.

    August 20, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. Rosslaw

    Scott Brown, former male model, can be hilarious. He and the republicans have no problem with Akins' sentiment that women "use" rape too much as an excuse for their supposed illicit conduct. Brown and Company just realize that morons like Akins are not supposed to give vent to their true hatred of women out loud and endanger the republicans opportunity to take the Senate and impose more of the Tea Party's version of sharia law.

    August 20, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Obama - Ending the American Dream as We Know It

    And yet nobody calls for Joe Biden to step down when he says stupid things on a daily basis or makes racist remarks. I guess people just expect Demorcats to be ignoramuses and give them a pass.

    August 20, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. Thomas E. Shafovaloff

    A race to the lowest point in the gutter to see who can sling the most mud. Imagine a United States Representative, Senator wannabe, a legislator, that would force a woman to endure what she never intended – because she is a woman! Yes, they exist, now, even in America!

    August 20, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. rs1201

    The DNC and the rest of the democrats better be careful about throwing stones from glass houses...remember Weiner in NYC....remember Clinton in the Oval Office in the White House....Both Weiner and Clinton were both perverts whereas Akin is just a total mowron who should resign from the nomination.
    And Wasserstein should control herself...she's a traietor to her own people...the American Jewish supporting the anti semite obama...she should go hide herself...she's like the traietors during WWII who would tell on Jews to the nazis...No self respecting American Jew can support obama and his anti semitism...Certainly, not this Jew.

    August 20, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    Nothing says "reproductive freedom" like having to live in fear that your gov't will determine your rape wasn't "legitimate."

    August 20, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Vince

    Mind your own business Scott Brown...I think Akin is AMAZING! Actually, I think most democrats should keep their mouths shut and just let the Tea Party candidates talk....tell us how they feel about EVERYTHING! Its like a free DNC ad!

    August 20, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. Greater Good

    Good for you for speaking out, Sen. Brown. As others have stated, you are willing to go out and stake a position, unlike Mitt-le of the Road Romney who never takes a firm stand on anything.

    And shame on the constituents of Mr. Akin, Mr. Walsh, and other narrow-minded polititicans who put these American Taliban in office.

    August 20, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. Ricky L

    This is a wash for Scott Brown.

    He might gain as many independent votes for this stand as he loses from the far right.

    Whatever happens, I feel a little bit better about him.

    August 20, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  24. Republican Class Warfare

    This is Paul Ryan's position: no abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. Ladies, wouldn't you love the government to force you to carry your rapist's child to term, cut any and all support and assistance you might have gotten, and force you to work 65 hours a week with no subsidized daycare? You think Romney and Ryan care about your uterus?

    August 20, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. Paul

    The etch-a-sketch should have put this guy as his VP

    August 20, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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