Akin, returning to Capitol, says he's 'totally in' Missouri race
September 10th, 2012
09:09 PM ET
11 years ago

Akin, returning to Capitol, says he's 'totally in' Missouri race

Washington (CNN) – U.S. Rep. Todd Akin returned to Capitol Hill Monday for the first time since his comments about "legitimate rape" caused widespread condemnation from fellow Republicans, some of whom called on Akin to drop his bid for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat.

Trailed by reporters asking him about his plans for the Senate race as he walked out of the House chamber Monday, Akin said "I'm in, totally in."

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"Our polling data says we're going to win this so that's the plan and that's what we're focused on," Akin continued.

The Missouri Republican, who in August suggested that victims of so-called "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant, said Monday if national party leaders decide to give him campaign money, he would expect to see it after September 25th.

He did not answer directly when asked if he's talked with any leaders of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which supports Republican candidates for Senate, or any other outside groups.

"I just feel like we're doing very well in getting out in the streets of Missouri," Akin said. "Things are going incredibly well."

Akin said he's heard from people all over Missouri who are encouraging him to remain steadfast in his decision to keep running against incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who Republicans regard as vulnerable in her bid for re-election.

"The sense is like this: "Hey party bosses, hey, we've already voted. The party bosses want to put somebody else in. Don't you give up. You stay there and you fight. That's what I'm getting."

Asked if he's guaranteeing he'll be the GOP candidate after the September 25th deadline to replace him with another candidate, Akin said, "That's what I'm saying. I've tried to say it about five times."

Filed under: Congress • Missouri • Senate
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Russ Davis

    Those calling for Akin to quit the race are corrupt hypocrites who should shut their lying mouths, who themselves should resign as far more disgusting than Akin since what he said about conception and rape was the truth, regardless of being worded clumsily, regardless of the deranged liars goundless attacks unable to prove said lies, whereas his opponents are disgusting liars who as I said themselves should resign.

    September 11, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  2. Seattle11

    From what I've seen of Mr. Akin proves he is just too stupid to be elected to any form of government.

    September 11, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    Family values at it's best.......hello Akin. Goodbye Senate seat

    September 11, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  4. Retired Army Officer

    This candidate's name is Mudd.

    September 11, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  5. v_mag

    We should still be talking about this guy, since his words are practically the same as the Republican platform that Romney is running on. And then there's that other little unresolved item: Mitt's tax returns.

    Akin, answer me this: If "legitimate rape" does not result in pregnancy, then why do we need a law against raped women getting abortions? You're pushing for an unnecessary law to control a woman's body? You call that "small government"?

    September 11, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. luke,az

    Unbelievable,this guy is on the science and technology committee. Republicans want to take America back into the dark ages. How any women can vote for this guy is beyond belief.

    September 11, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Lyin Ryan ,akins,the sub human ,and romney the tax cheat are members of the lier in chief gop bafoons party so what else would you expect . Defeat in Nov

    September 11, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. HenryMiller

    Akin should return to the Capitol just long enough to clean out his desk and then go back home and evolve for a while. The man is an am embarrassment not only to the GOP but to the humans race in general.

    September 11, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
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