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. JJM

    Todd Akin is legitimately too stupid to represent the people of Missouri or anywhere else.

    August 20, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Mike

    So if this guy says something stupid and then appologizes for it, he should resign but if Bidden says something stupid and doesn't appologize it is ok? Typical liberalism at its best. If you disagree with them then you are the one being closed minded.

    August 20, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. JudduKrish

    Agree with the Senator, Mr. Akin should step aside and let a sane person take his place.

    Also, "as a father of two daughters" what does this have to do with your empathy to rape victims. Since I have no children am I incapable of the same level of empathy?

    August 20, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Nofa Kingweigh

    I believe that every single egg should be carried to full term. Menstruation is god's abortion.

    August 20, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. blake

    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.

    August 20, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. Your comment is awaiting liberal moderator censorship.

    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?
    Maybe not the majority but false accusations of rape DO occur.

    August 20, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. bill

    The GOP is so far out of touch with the American society and economy that I am not surprised in the least when a GOP member voices their true conservative "religious" values. The hilarious part is when the other GOP members try to distance themselves form their own party's ideals whenever someone mentions them to a news outlet other than Fox News. The GOP is nothing more than an extremist radical faction and in no way do they possess sound theological and economical ideals. Beware the false prophets of the GOP

    August 20, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. Steve Fielder

    Senator Scott Brown can grandstand on the abortion issue today, but it doesn't change the fact that Brown is in favor of letting pharmacists refuse to issue post-rape contraception and once introduced a bill to establish a 24-hour waiting period for an abortion..........

    August 20, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "EVERYBODY (both GOP and Democrats) find these comments objectionable'

    Multiple pro-life and evangelical groups have come out supporting Akins and this magical thinking ignorance of basic biology, which is nothing more than a desperate rationalization, has been a theme in many GOP campaigns over the years. Go Google "God's Little Shield" and start following links.


    August 20, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. SouthlandDenny

    Akin represents the true GOP/Republican Party and their beliefs and tenets. Anyone thinking this is not representative of the true party line is only lying to themselves. That Scott Brown is asking Akin to step aside or whatever is pure political gamesmanship: he knows that once women heard Akin's comments, they would flock to Elizabeth Warren; Brown is engaging in damage control for his own campaign. What needs to happen is to show all GOP representatives the door to send the message that Americans will not allow this kind of rampant miseducation and lying to pervade our democracy.

    August 20, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Daddy Rabbit

    This guy is an idiot. An embarrassment to all of us, specially to elected officials. He is gone, gone, gone from public life. No way to sping this one, making this OK.

    If he does not resign from Congress, voters will resign him.

    August 20, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |

    Republicans believe life begins at erection. I don't why they have a war on women, but they're going to have hell to pay for their extreme views. Roe v. Wade is the law of the land. Get over it! That goes for Gov. Ultrasound McDonnell and Paul Ryan.

    August 20, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. Grady

    Akin is so radio-active he could set off a geiger counter...

    August 20, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. wayne speirs

    I agree, this guy is a moron!

    Saying what he said was equiviant to saying. A legal back robbery rarely results in a death.

    August 20, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. GeneK

    Akin was the choice of republican voters in his state. If he steps down he will simply be replaced by someone who holds the same views but has enough presence of mind to only express them in private gatherings with his own supporters and not air them on TV.

    August 20, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Jules

    Sorry folks – this is the new face of the GOP. Clueless and crass. Scott Brown likes to talk like a moderate, but he has voted with his own party almost all the time and he has voted against women's issues. Were his opponent not a woman (Elizabeth Warren), my guess is you wouldn't hear a peep out of him. Let's see if any GOP members not running for reelection have anything to say about this. I hope yes – but I fear not.

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

    Wait now.......don't be so fast to pass judgement. I'd like to hear this guy explain "legitimate rape." Then, let's toss him out.

    August 20, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    This happened over a year ago.If it's so apalling to repub's why didn't they call for his resignation then?

    August 20, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. Jim

    It was a moronic thing to say and the idiot just gave the election to McCaskill.

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

    Looks like fake outrage to me. Many in the GOP have voted to outlaw abortions, even for rape and incest.

    August 20, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. imzzzz

    Mike, comparing Bidden's stupid remark to this one??? THAT is typical right wing idiocy. Wow. This comment is so off the charts in EVERY way, that even republicans are running and screaming. Nothing "liberal" about this viewpoint. Sorry Charlie, oh I mean Mike...

    August 20, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. Rahula

    Bachmann was right after all! The Taliban have infiltrated the US ... in the Tea/Republican Party: Todd Akin.

    August 20, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. Jules

    I have to correct myself. Sen. Johnson is not up for reelection until 2014. Not a good sign for Aiken. Senator Clair McCaskill is a great moderate voice in the senate. It would be terrible to see a bufoon like Aiken unseat her. I think tonight is the deadline to pull out of the race without cause. Aiken will be under pressure all day. Which way will he go? My guess is he will resign because all financial support will be pulled from him by the GOP. They can't afford to support him.

    August 20, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. Thaw

    I do not think that Romney will give the boot to Akin – he has not got the backbone to do that. Plus both he and Ryan are against abortion as they have said very, very often. Romney, will of course, deny that he is against abortion when a woman has been raped, but if you look at statements made by both Romney and Ryan in the past you will see that is untrue. Both of them will lie to get themselves and Akin out of trouble.

    August 20, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. Ivan

    A Pig and A Monster!

    August 20, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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