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Todd Akin Begs for Forgiveness for Rape Remarks in New Ad: VIDEO


Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) begs for forgiveness in a new ad released overnight that appears to be an effort to save his Senate campaign which he is being encouraged to quit from nearly every corner of his own party.

Says Akin in the spot: "Rape is an evil act. I used the wrong words in the wrong way and for that I apologize. As the father of two daughters, I want tough justice for predators. I have a compassionate heart for the victims of sexual assault. I pray for them. The fact is, rape can lead to pregnancy. The truth is, rape has many victims. The mistake I made was in the words I said, not in the heart I hold. I ask for your forgiveness."


Politico adds that Akin is still ahead 44-43 over Claire McCaskill in a poll taken this week after his remarks: "Akin's image problem may take a toll on his head-to-head numbers against McCaskill at some point, but it hasn't yet, and data like this is unlikely to leave Akin convinced that this is a race he can't win."

Akin's weekend remarks about rape have permeated the news cycle. Said the congressman on a radio show:

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

The remarks have proven a nightmare for Republican candidates, eager to remove Akin from the spotlight because the incident casts light on their own poor records on women's issues.

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  1. First there was anger, denial, then backpedaling...now begins the final step in the Republican gaffe cycle: the half-hearted "apology".

    Akin isn't apologizing because he's sorry for what he said. If he was truly sorry, he would have shown remorse right away - but instead he tried to pull the one of the oldest GOP tricks in the book and claimed his words were "taken out of context". He's only "apologizing" to salvage his political career, nothing more.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Aug 21, 2012 7:42:22 AM

  2. even if the world forgives him for his stupidity, no one will ever forgive him for that combover.

    Posted by: EO | Aug 21, 2012 7:45:50 AM

  3. This shows what an evil place (conservative/Republican these days = evil) Missouri must be if Akin is STILL ahead of Sen. Claire McCaskill after his rape comment.

    Posted by: elg/edwin | Aug 21, 2012 7:49:11 AM

  4. From one who lives out here the people in general are fat and stupid! That includes Kansas City K.S. next door where skinny dipper Kevin Yoder reigns.

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | Aug 21, 2012 7:56:32 AM

  5. Translation: “I am so, so sorry that have sunk my political career...”

    Posted by: ichabod | Aug 21, 2012 8:01:41 AM

  6. what exactly is "misspeaking"? if i said the earth is flat, can i say later i just used the wrong words in the wrong way? if i ordered a steak at a restaurant and the waiter brings in a steak, and I decide i want a lobster instead, can i just say i misspoke? can i use that that same excuse later whenever i want to withdraw anything I said?

    Posted by: JED | Aug 21, 2012 8:26:40 AM

  7. It's appalling who actually believes he DIDN'T misspeak. From RightWingWatch:
    "The American Family Association is another major sponsor [of the Values Voter Summit]. The group’s spokesperson, Bryan Fischer said that Akin was 'absolutely right.' Continuing, he said that the trauma of a 'real, genuine rape, a case of forcible rape' would make it impossible or difficult for a woman to conceive." Paul Ryan is currently scheduled to headline the event.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Aug 21, 2012 8:36:15 AM

  8. If a woman is the victim of rape, she can seek recourse. There are strong laws against such a crime. However, if a baby fetus is destroyed through an act of an abortion, that fetus can't seek justice, can it? Women like to talk about choice in relation to abortion but I hardly think they give the baby fetus much choice.

    Believe you me, if you follow the feminist logic on abortion, a woman should have the right to abort a baby that might carry a gay gene on the basis that she considers it a deformity.

    Be careful on the issue of abortion. You should NOT automatically support it. Think about it clearly before giving blanket support to the feminist notion of "right to choose".

    Posted by: jason | Aug 21, 2012 8:46:18 AM

  9. This is what happens when an overwhelming majority of the people who hold public office are old men. They have Stone Age values when it comes to seeing women as human beings. Let's hope this is the end of this jerk's political career.

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 21, 2012 8:50:06 AM

  10. Jason,
    Do you just show up here to rile up the commenters?

    Posted by: JC | Aug 21, 2012 9:47:18 AM

  11. It doesn't mean anything. He only sorry for the "legitimate" part. He still hasn't apologized for the idiotic stuff about women not becoming pregnant through rape. Which is a widespread belief among Christian fundies and also not uncommon in the Republican party.

    He even says as much here: "The mistake I made was in the words I said, not in the heart I hold".

    Translation: I stand by everything I meant, but I didn't say it nice enough

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 21, 2012 10:08:12 AM

  12. I'm sure there are plenty of republicans (including Mitt and Paul) who believe his original statement as truth. he's apologizing because he's pandering to the media. his opinions haven't changed, nor has anything about the REpublican party.

    Posted by: NorthoftheBorder | Aug 21, 2012 11:57:29 AM

  13. This man should withdraw because he has no concept of logic or respect for scientific knowledge. If a woman is impregnated, regardless of any other fact, she runs the risk of pregnancy. That a politician could postulate that "legitimate rape" be a circumstance that matters to human physiology means that he is an idiot and is in no position to make rational decisions for the country (or for anyone, to be truthful).

    Posted by: Scott | Aug 21, 2012 12:16:18 PM

  14. @Jason: You're HILARIOUS.

    Posted by: RandySf | Aug 21, 2012 12:48:19 PM

  15. By Akins words, if a women is raped and becomes pregnate from that act, it wasn't really rape or the woman's body would have stopped the pregnancy. So, in other words the woman really wanted it.

    I'm from Missouri, I'm fat, but I ain't stupid. Akin is a disgrace and should withdraw from the race.

    If Rep. Akin is morally opposed to abortion, I would suggest he not have the procedure, but as it is the law of the land that women have the right to choose, he should keep his mouth shut and not prove he is a back hills bigoted redneck.

    Posted by: BSmart2 | Aug 21, 2012 12:52:28 PM

  16. Post-Akin, I propose a Sir Bedevere litmus test for all GOP candidates; just demonstrate a basic understanding and acceptance of general post-Enlightenment scientific knowledge.

    "This new learning amazes me Sir Bedevere. Explain again how sheep's bladders may be employed to prevent earthquakes."

    Going forward, we really need to do a better job of weeding out candidates inclined to go on television and spew medievalism all over themselves and the rest of the party.


    Posted by: Senator Blutarsky | Aug 21, 2012 1:29:59 PM

  17. This man still leads Claire Mccaskill! Can we expel Missouri from the Union?

    Posted by: Freddie | Aug 21, 2012 8:11:14 PM

  18. While "misspoke" versus "being stupid" is a matter of opinion, what apparently happened is he heard or read that the chances of a pregnancy being due to rape rather than consensual sex is very low. That's true because most sex acts are consensual. He twisted it around and claimed that the chances of a pregnancy being caused by a rape is very low, which is obviously false.

    If you have two events - getting pregnant and getting raped, his mistake was either assuming that the probability of getting pregnant given a rape is the same as the probability of having been raped given that one is pregnant or simply getting confused about which one the number referred to, Whatever the cause of the confusion, he then filled in corroborative details that spewed out of his head.

    What it tells us about him is that either he doesn't understand probability theory, or he is completely lacking in common sense, or he was dead tired and blew it. With the possible exception of the "dead tired" excuse, the others suggest that he is not really fit for the office - we need people in there who can at least base decisions on facts and who can tell when something is way off.

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 22, 2012 12:11:13 AM

  19. Akin is a gift to the democrats. His candidacy is the only chance that Sen Claire McCaskill D-Mo has of holding on to her seat and mabye one of the few chances the democrats have of retaining a majority in the Senate.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 22, 2012 1:44:12 AM

  20. http://news.discovery.com/human/women-sperm-selection.html

    University of Adelaide professor Sarah Robertson said:A woman's body may be unconsciously selective about sperm, allowing some men's to progress to pregnancy but killing off the chances of less suitable matches, an Australian researcher said Wednesday.

    University of Adelaide professor Sarah Robertson said her research suggested that sperm contains "signaling molecules" that activate immunity changes in a woman so her body accepts it.

    But some apparently healthy sperm failed to activate these changes, leading to the suggestion that the female system can be "choosy" about its biological mate, she said.

    "It's rather like a two-way dance," Robertson said.

    "The male provides information that increases the chances of conception and progression to pregnancy, but the female body has a quality control system which needs convincing that his sperm is compatible," she added. "That's where the dance can go wrong with some couples -- if the male signals are not strong enough, or if the female system is too 'choosy'."

    Robertson said sperm was more likely to fail if the woman had not previously been exposed to that man's semen for at least three months.

    Other studies show that a traumatic event can inhibit ovulation.
    Mr. Akin was not entirely wrong.
    Rapes account for only about 1-2% of abortions, furthering the evidence that pregnancy due to rape is a rare occurrance.

    Posted by: DCarey | Aug 25, 2012 2:59:30 PM

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