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. Kimberly

    I applaud Mr. Brown for taking this stance! I disagree with him in every other form, but this one he deserves to be applauded for coming out and taking this stand!!!!

    August 20, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. asm_ith

    Brown called for Akin "resign the nomination for US Senate." If Brown feels that Akin's statement was so far out of bounds, why isn't he calling for Akin to resign his seat in Congress?

    August 20, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. rs

    Keeping It Real-

    The problem is both Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan are once again lying. They support Mr. Akin's position on record (Romney verbally , and Ryan legislatively). So, either they are lying about their position vis a vis Akin, or lying about their own radical anti-abortion, anti- birth control position.

    The IS big trouble for the GOP.

    August 20, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. Andrew

    Party Cannibalism.

    August 20, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    How about asking the delegation that took their wives to Israel on taxpayer expense to resign? Better yet, ask those who covered it up to resign. Where's Rep. Issa?

    August 20, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. Joe Mama

    I agree with his opinion on Akin's statement, but calling for him to drop out is ridiculous. How about you let the voter's decide, Scott? Is that ok with you.

    August 20, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. PR

    Scott, I just may vote for you yet ...

    August 20, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    Okay brown we know you are trying to get more votes even if you dont agree, like most sane people, with akin's remarks but its what the teapublikkklans probably all believe.
    Have you married off any of your daughters since your election night? Just wondering.

    August 20, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Diane

    Rep. Atkin is a very ignorant person to make such a claim. The people of Missouri deserve better! But it is their right to vote how they choose. I am glad to see a republican standing up to such a stupid statement. I do wish to see more of this from both parties.

    August 20, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. TM

    Another shrewd move by a Republican. The other Republicans should not want these radical ideas to sweep into their campaigns. And, it seems the Republicans are quick to see that any other Republican running against the Democrat Senator from Missouri would now be a better bet than Akin.

    August 20, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. nc_mike

    No, Mr. Aiken, please don't listen – don't step down. You are the icon of the Right and our hero!

    August 20, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. ray

    A republican with a backbone, to stand up for whats right. For a change.

    August 20, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. eiregirl

    Scott Brown is moderate, has reached across the aisles both in MA and in DC, and ran on a promise that he would not always side with his party. He is an independent thinker and is what we need in DC. Those that write (paraphrased) I rarely agree with Scott Brown on anything, likely do not have a clue on how is has voted. I expect that they think he is hard line partisian like Mr. Harry Reid is for the Dems. He's not. He's a good man and will continue to be far better for our country than Elizabeth Warren (aka Peloisi of New England).

    August 20, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. MJ Taylor

    Before we give Mr. Brown too much credit for taking a "hard stance", reread "in a tight battle for re-election". He's throwing Akin under the bus for his own political props; which I am more than fine with, but let's not act like he's all of a sudden a champion of women's rights. A vote to uphold Row V. Wade and pushing for an increase in fund for Planned Parenthood would say more. And we know what party generally is opposed to these.

    August 20, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. VeryOldMan

    If we elect Brown, people like Akin would be in power. We have to defeat Brown and other Republicans in the senate race, because Republicans are controlled by the extreme right. The only defense against them for passing extreme laws is to have Democrat control the senate.

    August 20, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. wmb

    Asking Akin to step aside is a cop out...we as Americans keep putting these men into office that share this same opinion - Huckabee, Ryan, Santorum, Scott Walker all agree with Akin's stand on rape and abortion.

    If we really disagree with this politician and others like him, then we need to stop voting for them.

    August 20, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Glenn Rice

    Akin's position is the republican position. When stated so plainly, it repulses voters. So, republicans try and hide from it but this is their party's position on this issue. How can any woman support republican candidates?

    August 20, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. chris

    "Off-the-Cuff" means his comments were not first vetted by his staff and PR firm. If he cannot make an intelligent remark without first getting approval from others then he doesn't belong in Congress.

    August 20, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. Roger Ogilvy Thornhill

    Exactly, why every man who has women in his life that he loves and respects isn't a feminist, I cannot understand. Kudos Mr. Brown.

    August 20, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. Ciemma

    Some people are very gullible and will believe anything. People out there still believe Obama is Muslim. So what effect do you think his statements will have on young rape victims??? He is saying that rape victims have an internal mechanism that will shut your body down during rape that will prevent pregnancy. ARE YOU KIDDING? How irresponsible is that? How many women will be raped and NOT have a pregnancy test because they believe this moron?

    August 20, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. Woman In California

    Brendan wrote:

    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.

    Obviously you weren't listening Brendan – because I didn't like Biden's remark at all, but your party and their nasty treatment of the president and First Lady are in NO position to EVER be "concerned" about my feelings.
    Thank you.

    August 20, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. Glenn Rice

    Why should Akin drop out? This is one of the issues people should be considering. Do they support his republican thinking or not? If not, vote for someone else.

    August 20, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    I have lived in Massachusetts for 35 years and while I don't always agree with Scott Brown's politics (I'm an independent), I think he's a stand-up guy for saying what he did and being totally unequivocal about it. No vacillation and no dodging what was a completely offensive remark to anyone with even half a brain. And while we are at it, what the hell is legitimate rape anyway? Rape is rape, you moron and for sure, you don't deserve a senate seat

    August 20, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. Williamm

    Todd Akin is an ignorant fool. There are over 30,000 cases a year in the U.S. of women becoming pregnant due to a rape. This guy isn't fit for federal office.

    August 20, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. LiberaLIowan

    Pandering to moderates in MA. Who could have guessed.

    August 20, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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