Democracy Now: Todd Akin Vows to Remain in Senate Race Despite Firestorm from “Legitimate Rape” Comment


Republican Rep. Todd Akin is vowing to remain in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race, despite widespread calls from within his own party to drop out. Akin sparked a national controversy over the weekend after he told an interviewer that women are somehow capable of blocking an unwanted pregnancy during what he called a “legitimate rape.” On Monday, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney joined top Republican leaders in denouncing Akin’s comments and asked him to bow out of the race. The National Republican Senatorial Committee also declared it would withdraw support for Akin, as did the Republican advocacy group Crossroads GPS. Today is the deadline for Missouri Senate hopefuls to withdraw from contention, meaning Republicans could field a different candidate if Akin complies with their demands. But instead, Akin has vowed to remain in the race and on Monday launched a fundraising drive to support his embattled campaign.

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~ by wheresthemic on August 21, 2012.

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