Johnson calls on Akin to drop out of Mo. race
Johnson wants Akin out after comments about "legitimate rape"
MADISON, Wis. — Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is calling on Missouri U.S. Rep. Todd Akin to drop out of the Senate race in that state following comments Akin made about rape.
Akin said in an interview Sunday that women’s bodies are able to prevent pregnancies in cases of what he called “a legitimate rape.”
Johnson issued a statement Monday calling the comments “reprehensible and inexcusable.”
Johnson says gaining a Republican majority in the Senate and fixing the country’s problems are more important than any one person’s political ambitions. He says Akin “should do the right thing for the nation and step aside today, so Missouri Republicans can put forth a candidate that can win in November.”
Akin is running against Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri.
Even though Akin said he’ll stay in the race, political scientists are saying that his candidacy is dead. Republicans were counting on stealing that Missouri seat as part of their plan to take back the Senate majority.
Mitt Romney said Akin won’t get his support, but he wouldn’t go so far as to say Akin should leave the race.
Rape victims’ advocates said they were very frustrated by the comments.
“There were people who, instead of being outraged when they heard this, nodded their heads and said, ‘Yeah, sure,'” said Kelly Anderson, of the Dane County Rape Crisis Center. “The question is: ‘How are we working to change this and shift that paradigm, that level of understanding?'”
Democrats are tying Paul Ryan to Todd Akin. The two co-sponsored a House bill that that would’ve distinguished victims of rape and forcible rape.
Romney said his administration would allow abortion in the case of rape, incest or if the mother’s life is in danger.
If you or someone you know is a victim of rape, help is available by calling the Dane County Rape Crisis Center at 608-251-RAPE.