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Patch's Poll: Do You Think Todd Akin Should Have Withdrawn From the Senate Race?

Candidate's remarks over abortion and "legitimate rape" cause an outrage from women's groups, a media firestorm, frustration from fellow party members and questions on how his comments may affect Republicans going forward.

Missouri Congressman Todd Akin said he is staying in the race for the U.S. Senate despite repeated calls from fellow Republicans to bow out over his comments on rape and abortion.

Akin, an incumbent Republican member of the House of Representatives who is running against Democrat Clair McCaskill, sparked outrage earlier this week when he told KTVI in St. Louis that, as he understood it, it is rare for a woman to become pregnant from “legitimate rape,” as “The female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down.” Akin was answering a question from a journalist with regard to his opinions on abortion.

Akin has since apologized for his comments, but not until after a media firestorm erupted over the past three days with condemnations from women's groups and supporters of reproductive rights. National party leaders called for him to step down, and some members of the GOP right here in Connecticut are distancing themselves from Akin and his remarks.

"Rep. Akin's remarks concerning the 'legitimacy' of rape are outrageous and intolerable," said Steve Obsitnik, a Republican candidate for the Fourth Congressional District in Connecticut. "His beliefs are an affront to victims, and all women, and do not reflect the views of the party I'm running to represent.”

Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon told The New Haven Register that Akin’s remarks were “reprehensible.”

On Tuesday, the deadline to withdrawl passed in Missouri, meaning Akin is here to stay as the Republican’s Senate candidate in that state, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

But now the question remains what effect his comments could have on Republicans going forward and in the November election.

Do you think Akin should have withdrawn? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Bryan Richardson August 22, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Akin really misspoke. I mean, wow, that was a really silly thing to say. How many times have I stuck my foot in my mouth? We have all said really stupid things. This man is a true conservative voice. He has requested out forgiveness for this. My God, have we become so callous that we can toss out a mans career over such? Shame on you GOP. Especially you, Mit Romney. I mean you ask us to forget you have 647 different positions on a single issue. You should shut your mouth and hope that we can hold our nose and vote for your plastic ass........don't push it. Todd Akin for Senate!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Plutarch August 22, 2012 at 03:08 PM
His comments were unbelievably stupid. Awful circumstances won't prevent pregnancy. Biology doesn't care how a sperm or egg get together, just that it happens. And what message are pregnant rape victims supposed to take from this? "I got pregnant, guess I wasn't really raped. Better luck next time!" But you know, this is not inconsistent with what many other far-right folks say about women's rights. They hate Obamacare because the government could make health decisions for people, but they're perfectly okay with doing that for women. So I don't think the guy should drop out. He made his bed, now he has to sleep with it and put up with the absolutely vicious ads that will show up. He deserves it. I mean, honestly, who are these cavemen? They want to lead the country? It's just foul.
cjd11 August 22, 2012 at 03:57 PM
His comments weren't a mistake, a mistake is saying "Hello Springfield!" when you're on stage in Hartford. Akin's comments reflected a complete lack of understanding of human reproduction, poorly expressed. Akin's follow up statement was that he felt that rape was a serious crime that should be punished, but he said he didn't think an unborn child should also be punished. It's clear where he stands on this issue. The language Akin used wasn't artful, but they reflect his true beliefs, and for that matter, the platform of the Republican party which yesterday confirmed their opposition to abortion, even in cases of rape and incest, and their support for state-laws that mandate ultrasounds (an invasive medical procedure) before an abortion is performed. So there's no need for Akin to hide from this- this is how his party feels. I completely disagree with their position 100%, but the Republicans who are denouncing his comments while supporting their party's platform are being hypocritical.
M Donna August 22, 2012 at 05:22 PM
I believe his comments were neither a mistake nor a misspeaking -- he truly believed what he said. He admitted as munch blatantly when he claimed, in his backtracking, that he'd been 'misinformed'. If you were not already 'informed' previously, you have no business in politics, and you insult every other politician and every voter in America by daring to be so bold as to take part in the process.
Arthur Cyr August 22, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Seems EVERY week, some REPUBLICAN says something totally STUPID. This week it was Todd Akin. Last week in Southington somebody else insulted women. Different week, same result.
James August 22, 2012 at 11:04 PM
He was foolish to bring those stats up but at least he apologized. I have seen and heard far worse hate speech, slander and out and out lies from Democrats, superposed news reporters. liberal campaigners and pundits lately. I don't see many of you up in arms about that. Too bad some are so selective in their indignation.
cjd11 August 23, 2012 at 12:11 AM
James, he didn't bring up "stats" he said something that was completely not true. He apologized for his words, but not his thoughts, and not the legislation that he's tried to enact. Biologically, he was completely wrong, and it's scary that a US Senator is ignorant of a basic understanding of how the body works. Akin and Paul Ryan are either willfully lying or using their honest misunderstanding to attempt to change public policy. You're creating a false equivalency, and also two wrongs don't make a right. "far worse hate speech, slander, and lies"? I doubt it, given that Todd Akin and Paul Ryan would sponsor legislation that would amend 40 year old public policy to force women to carry and raise the children of their rapists. That's pretty reprehensible, but if you have an example, it should be When someone does that, they should be condemned regardless of being a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Green Party, or whatever. Not just when the person is of the other party.
Cathy Vellucci August 23, 2012 at 12:40 PM
He should drop out. This has nothing to do with party lines, but it has everything to do with stupidity pure and simple. Do we REALLY need him in the Senate? I think not.
Joan Szechtman August 24, 2012 at 04:43 AM
In addition to his statements being abhorrent, my understanding is that he's on a science committee and that if he's so ignorant of science he should not be in a position of power. His policy decisions could set us back decades, if not centuries and turn us into a third world country. He's not just stupid, he's dangerous.

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