Following comments about the scientific possibility of impregnating a woman during what he called “legitimate rape,” and the international backlash that followed, Rep. Todd Akin was asked by many fellow members of the GOP to drop out of the Senate race. Akin’s wife, Lulli, likened the pressure from fellow Republicans to “forcible assault.”
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Will Rep. Todd Akin eventually cave to party leaders’ demands and drop his challenge to Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill? Or will the Republican establishment conclude that their effort to take control of the Senate is too important and reluctantly support him, despite his inflammatory remarks about rape and pregnancy?
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“Akin has received threats of rape of his official staff, family and the Congressman himself along with suggestions that individuals should die.”
A recent Rasmussen poll is showing McCaskill leading Akin by ten points, but her campaign is questioning the poll.
The basic fact is that Romney, Ryan and Republican’s are uncomfortable with a few of the words Congressman Akin used. They are not, however, uncomfortable with the policy position he was expressing. The record shows that they march in lockstep with Congressman Akin.
Rep. Todd Akin vowed to fight on in his embattled Senate campaign, but a significant deadline loomed Tuesday that was bound to intensify pressure on the Missouri congressman to abandon the race over his comments that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of “legitimate rape.”
The Todd Akin controversy saga continues causing Charlie to explore what legitimate rape is.