POLL: Should Todd Akin Step Down from Senate Race?

Akins' comments surrounding "legitimate rape" and that a female body can shut down pregnancy have caused a stir.


This week, Sen. Todd Akin's controversial comments regarding why he thought rape victims would not get pregnant made headlines: 

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Akin apologized in various interviews this week saying he misspoke when he said "legitimate rape" and was misinformed on the idea a woman's body could shut down a pregnancy. 

The Huffington Post reports Akin's comments could affect other races in Missouri, a swing state, such as the competitive race for lieutenant governor and secretary of state. 

Several groups, including the Republican Senatorial Committee, now refuse to fund Akin's campaign, according to the Huffington Post.

Republican party leaders, including Mitt Romney, have asked for Akin to step down, but as of Tuesday, Akin refused, according to the New York Times. He told Today show's Matt Lauer during a Wednesday interview Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan called and asked him to step down.  

Lauer asked Akin during the interview:

So if you find it hard to articulate your ideas on a sensitive issue like this and then you get the medical facts just plain wrong, why should you go to the senate and represent your state in debates over some of these very same issues? 

Akin replied:

"Well, the fact of the matter is I think anyone who does a lot of public speaking can make a mistake ... But the idea of standing on principle and trying to do the right thing when you make a mistake, you say you are sorry. You put the politics aside, and you do what's the right thing." 

Akin has until Sept. 25 to seek a court order to withdraw his name from the ballot, according to Politico.com

Do you think Akin should step down from the Senate race in Missouri? 

Me September 05, 2012 at 09:28 PM
@Forest - If I may be so bold as to point out where you are going wrong. Richard Schulte has no interest in a civil debate. He has stated before that his tactic is to repeat his refrain over and over. If he says it enough times, he seems to think that people will accept it as the truth. He does seem to have lost a grip on reality though as most people recognize him as a right wing wacko who has lost touch with reality (as well as losing ownership of his apartment in Evanston and his business). He is bitter and he blames everyone but himself. I just enjoy popping in every so often and winding him up so that he fires off responses like a whirling Dervish.
Conrad September 06, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Mr Schulte, just yesterday you were sent an email from the editor of this Patch site to tone down your rhetoric and here you are again doing just what you were asked to stop doing. You're responding to a post that is a week old. Why? What don't you understand about being civil?
RB September 06, 2012 at 03:47 AM
A R I T M E T I C Simplistic Explanation Republican Failure
McCloud September 06, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Simple minds have difficulty spelling. They also get their opinions from cheap political cliches, cause it makes them feel good. Not much depth in the Democrat model, scary that people vote without much else to go on.
McCloud September 06, 2012 at 10:43 AM
Here's some A R I T M E T I C, some 3 to 4 million jobs eliminated from the US economy during Obama's reign, recovery of net jobs under Obama Zero at best, net debt added to US economy 5 trillion + interest. Want to make this net job go to large negative numbers? Raise taxes.


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