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Akin’s Wife Likens GOP Pressure To Leave Race To Revolutionary War-Era Rape

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ST. LOUIS (CBS St. Louis/AP) - Following comments about the scientific possibility of impregnating a woman during what he called “legitimate rape,” and the backlash that followed, Rep. Todd Akin was asked by many fellow members of the GOP to drop out of the Missouri Senate race.

Akin’s wife, Lulli, reportedly likened the pressure from fellow Republicans to the rape and victimization of Revolutionary War-era Americans, Talking Points Memo learned.

“[The colonists] rose up and said, ‘Not in my home, you don’t come and rape my daughters and my … wife. But that is where we are again,” she was quoted as saying. “There has been a freedom of elections, not tyranny of selections since way back. Why are we going to roll over and let them steamroll us, be it Democrats or Republicans or whomever?”

She additionally compared the administration of President Barack Obama and the politics of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to those of British monarchs in the source article published by the National Journal.

Akin referred to his wife’s terminology as more “grandiose” than he would have personally chosen, but reportedly agreed with the sentiment when speaking with the political website.

On Aug. 19, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin set off an avalanche of denouncements when he told a TV interviewer inquiring about his opposition to abortion that women’s bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.”

The suburban St. Louis congressman has since apologized repeatedly while adamantly rejecting calls from top Republicans to end his campaign against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

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