Akin deflects question on 'rape' comment in debate
September 21st, 2012
02:56 PM ET
8 years ago

Akin deflects question on 'rape' comment in debate

(CNN) – Rep. Todd Akin couldn't escape questions about his now-infamous comments on "legitimate rape" from August during a U.S. Senate debate Friday, deflecting the inquiry as tangential to the real issues his race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill should be about.

"I've answered this question repeatedly," Akin said. "I don't believe this election overall is about talk."

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McCaskill, who was considered vulnerable in her bid for re-election before Akin made the comments about rape, said his remarks were an indication her rival was on the "fringe."

"This election's going to be quite a contrast for Missourians," McCaskill said. "But not because we're at opposite ends. I'm right in the middle, it's just he is so far out on the fringe, and that's where the contrast comes."

Akin's controversial comments, she said, were a "window to his views for Missourians."

"I believe his view is extreme and out of the mainstream," she continued, adding: "It's not what he said that's the problem, it's what he believes that's the problem."

In August, Akin came under fire for remarks that suggested pregnancy was rare in cases of what he called "legitimate rape." His comments caused widespread condemnation, including calls from fellow Republicans to withdraw as the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Missouri.

National Republican organizations, including the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Republican National Committee, said they wouldn't use resources to back Akin in his bid against McCaskill, a first term Democrat.

Filed under: Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Senate
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Boo

    Another arrogant Republican....WHATEVER!

    September 21, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. truth hurts

    I'm right in the middle

    hahahahaha!!! Right ObamaClare!!! Right in the middle of voting for EVERYTHING Obama, Reid and Pelosi wanted. THOSE are the people you follow, not the voters of your state.

    September 21, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. jmmjr49er

    Wow, Little Claire said she is in the Middle. Middle of What? Socialism or Communism?

    Missouri is just going for Romney and Claire will be lucky to survive.

    September 21, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Abe Lincoln

    What a tool. This guys isn't fit to be a Republican candidate.

    September 21, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Church of Suicidal

    There are those that would believe that our criticism of this nitwit amounts to taking away his freedom of speech. He has every right to his opinions about "Legitimate Rape", just as we have every right to point out what a whack-job he is.

    September 21, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. BLKMANinAmerica

    I sure hope the American voters notice how many repuks in the news this week has "deflected", "shift focus", "side-stepped" and just out LIED to the American people about various issues they face. WHY?

    September 21, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Phil Thomas

    The left media wow no coverage on Ryan getting boo'd at the AARP event. That wasn't a mixed reception it was straight booing and being called the liar that he is. The scenerio proves the media is in the tank for Romney, problem is the guy has open up his pie hole so no matter ho how much money he gets from his Super Pacs, having a 24/7 Pro Romney channel in Fox he still looses lol

    September 21, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    truth hurts

    I'm right in the middle

    hahahahaha!!! Right ObamaClare!!! Right in the middle of voting for EVERYTHING Obama, Reid and Pelosi wanted. THOSE are the people you follow, not the voters of your state.
    No, she is in teh middle, its you and your lot that are the outliers. Nothing you say is mainstream, Jack.

    September 21, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. truth hurts

    Did McCaskill oppose Obama on ANYTHING he wanted??? No. She is just an Obama tool that needs to be thrown out otherwise you can expect more of the same from her. She's just too far left to represent the people of Missouri.

    September 21, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. M-W-T

    EVERY republican on here knows that......MITT ROMNEY IS THE WORST REPUBLICAN ON THE PLANET....for POTUS.
    WE do not TRUST him......and .....WE will NOT VOTE for Mitt Romney

    September 21, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain: If you liked GW Bush's economic, military and foreign policies, vote for Mittens

    Akin, your statement proved you are a nincompoop, something voters shouldn't want representing them. DEAL WITH IT!

    September 21, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |