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. eiregirl

    Scott Brown ran as an independent thinking Republican who promised to use common sense in the Senate, regardless of which side produced the good ideas. He has lived up to his word, and those who say that they rarely agree with him on anything and call for HIM to resign are in my opinion unaware of how he has voted on anything! He's a good guy, honest, and respectful of us and his office. His willingness to work across the aisles has been present in the State as well as DC, and that would not be the case with Elizabeth Warren (aka Pelosi on steroids). Scott Brown is good for MA and good for America. Please support him....we need independent thinkers in DC if we are ever going to get out of this mess.

    August 20, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. CBR

    Representative Akin is part of a group of legislators who put the blame for rap on the woman. They do not say that rapists should go to prison. They do not denounce rape as an assault on women. In fact, they probably would not mention women at all unless they were going negative.

    Rep. Akin needs to be soundly defeated at the polls. Every woman in Missouri should be opposed to his election. Thia si just another example of a member of Congress who is a Republican and does something wrong escaping any form of public scrutiny. Instead the Republican Party supposedly takes care of their problems in private. Everything is done to keep the wrong-doing out of the public eye. Instead, they go after others for bogus reasons. How stupid are we to let this go on? How about stepping up to the plate and denouncing this candidate publicly and in voices loud enough to be heard across the country.

    August 20, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. BeverlyNC

    How politically correct for Mr Brown since he has voted against all the womens rights issues in the Senate. How convenient since he is being beaten badly in the polls by the outstanding and forward-thinking Elizabeth Warren who is going to defeat him in November. Sorry I don't trust any Republican on women's issues because not one has done anything to earn that trust. They have voted against and proposed insane laws like no access to contraception (Ryan), voted against fair pay for women (Ryan) and want to control our own ability to make decisions for healthcare for our own bodies (Romney and Ryan). Old white men who even try to take away the rights of everyone to vote do not get my respect or my vote. Like Romney, they will say anything they think will get them a vote and cannot be trusted.

    August 20, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Bessy

    I would never vote for Scott Brown but he is 100% right on this issue. Akin is an absolute idiot to come out and say something like this, however, the real blame should be put on the people in Missouri who keep electing the fool to office. I'm sure this is not the only dumb statement he has made in his career.

    August 20, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Susie

    The disturbing thought is the House GOP has many more uneducated simpletons just like Akin.

    August 20, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Dan B

    At least Scott brown is willing to call out his own party. Living in the stae of ma, he gets my vote

    August 20, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. Amazed52

    It is only right that Akin "Legitmately" step out of the race and step out of politics all together since he does not have any clue about women and rape. How many other issues is he and the GOP clueless about? Just saying!

    August 20, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. Jack Be Humble

    Translation: If you step down immediately, we might be able to get another Republican on the ticket for folks to consider.

    August 20, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Ferret out the B.S.

    What is the difference between legitimate rape as opposed to illegitimite rape? Are you infering that the majority of women are lying when they've been raped?

    August 20, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Luke Brown

    Sorry, senators. Akin is the new Republican Party in this country. He isn't going to walk away from the GOP Senate nomination that a majority of Republican voters in his state just gave him.

    If you are offended by the positions taken by people like Ryan and Akin, then you are the one who needs to resign from the Republican party. They are the ones steering the ship these days.

    August 20, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. odk1

    there are going to be more republicans congress men and women whom going to ask Akin to drop out of the race and most of them are having a difficult re-election in blue or swing states. hypocrisy.

    August 20, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. ohio

    GOP = America's embarassment to the world.
    and we actually have voters who are stupid enough to elect them.
    Romney's grand tour including the olympics damaged us, and all of the legislation Romney
    and his friends are trying to pass makes us look completely out of touch. If we are
    ignorant enough to vote all of these GOP candidates in then we are out of touch
    and stupid. Please people wake up and see what is happening to this country. If you
    have daughters or young people of any minority–even if you are middle class or poor.
    You had better wake up and vote dem. These people are ruining this country.

    August 20, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. mdreader

    Scott Brown..this is the party of your choice. In addition to asking Akin to step aside, how about a jump over to the party that stands for the rights of your two daughters every day?

    August 20, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. mk1

    The problem is that the position Akin holds is the position of the GOP as a whole. The rabid right wing has taken over so much that they dare not oppose the anti abortion at all costs mentality. The GOP wants to take us back hundreds of years to a patriarchal society and for men to control women once again. All you have to do is look at the legislation and policy positions of the GOP, especially since the tea party has emerged. Women must turn out and vote or they once again will become second class citizens this once great nation.

    August 20, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. hcx take backs. Let the idiot run.

    August 20, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. ValarMorghulis

    The Right-Wing Tea Party Republicans, the gift that keeps on giving.

    Tampa, Florida police begin clamp down on prostitutes. The Party Elite are probably worried about the repressed Right-Wing Tea Party Republicans males will avail themselves of the favors of the Ladies of the Night making a spectacle of themselves in and around Tampa while the convention is in progress.

    August 20, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. Emma

    A legitimate rape? WOW...I'm speechless

    August 20, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. Facts Please

    Nevermind that research has demonstrated, over and over, that what he said is correct.

    He said it very poorly and insensitively, which is what the story is–note they don't refute the fact of what he said.

    August 20, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Everyoneisstarkravingmad

    Lets be fair now. He said "legitimate rape" and he also believes that the only way to determine if it is legitimate rape is to tie the women up and toss them in a lake. If they float then the rape was legitimate. If they sink then she was lying.

    August 20, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. Eric Richardson

    Senators without guts will use talk to trash a colleague, but when it comes to doing anything for "we the people" will use that same talk to do nothing as well.

    August 20, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    In other words - get out there GOP, it's free air time. And we can cover our butts (hope they don't find out what I said).

    August 20, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. garc

    Any woman who votes for a republican, when they have told us in every conceivable way how subpar they think we are and how few rights they think we should have, gets what she deserves.

    August 20, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. Tam

    Are his constituents smart enough to vote him out? They've been supporting him for years.

    August 20, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    dave observed at 12:41 pm:


    Oh please, he's throwing him under the bus for political gain. Akin is an idiot, nothing more, nothing less
    Exactly. Not only do you denounce it, you drive the bus over it as quickly as you can and keep it moving.

    August 20, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  25. Mr. Blue

    Mr. Brown is a complete and total idiot and this is a bunch of political hogwash. He is taking a statement by Akin, granted it needed some qualifications, twisting it to their political gain and in the process treating the voting public as morons. Mr. Akin was trying to say that any rape that is legitimately and undeniable a rape, not that rape is not legitimate. Believe it or not there are a lot of rape cases where the defendant cried rape for other than actual rape reasons.

    August 20, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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