“I was so angry and full of raw emotions, as so many others were, and granted, I screamed out words that I shouldn’t have screamed in the heat of the moment,” he said in a statement.
Akin said in a radio interview that women’s bodies are sometimes able to prevent pregnancies after what he called “a legitimate rape.”
Akin says he is not the first politician to suffer from what he called “foot-in-mouth disease.”
There have been no public calls for embattled Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin to leave the race. But Akin faces a tight deadline if he decides to do so.