Tags: akin | legitimate | rape | regrets

Todd Akin: I'd Take Back Comments on 'Legitimate Rape'

Image: Todd Akin: I'd Take Back Comments on 'Legitimate Rape'

Friday, 26 Apr 2013 12:38 PM

By Melanie Batley

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Former Rep. Todd Akin said he regrets the comments he made about “legitimate rape” which derailed his Missouri bid for U.S. Senate last year.

In an interview with KDSK-TV on Thursday, the 65-year-old was asked whether he would take back the controversial comments. “Of course I would,” the former congressman replied.


“I’ve relived them too many times. But that is not reality.”

The Republican who represented Missouri’s second congressional district for twelve years saw his otherwise winnable campaign come to a standstill after he said in a television interview last summer that he believes pregnancy can be prevented by a woman involved in a “legitimate rape” because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, capitalized on the comments, while major players in the GOP called for Akin to drop out of the race.

Akin decided to fight on, but McCaskill went on to defeat him by more than 15 percentage points.

“There was a very, very strong grassroots element saying don’t you give in to those party bosses,” Akin told KSDK.

Still Akin hinted that he might consider a repeat run. “Oh no, I don’t rule anything out,” he said in the interview. “I consider it a bright new future and I’m interested to see what the possibilities are.”

Editor's Note: Should ObamaCare Be Repealed? Vote in Urgent National Poll






© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

GOP, Ready to Control Senate, Has New Strategy for Obama

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 06:54 AM

With Republicans poised to take control of the Senate, GOP lawmakers are developing a strategy to pass key bills, while  . . .

Eric Cantor Heads to Job on Wall Street

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 06:44 AM

The former US House majority leader, Republican Representative Eric Cantor, is going to work on Wall Street, his new emp . . .

US Targets Al Shabab Leader in Somalia Airstrikes

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 05:31 AM

U.S. military forces attacked the extremist al-Shabab network in Somalia Monday, the Pentagon said, and a witness descri . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved