Patch's Poll: Should Todd Akin Have Withdrawn From The Senate Race?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 withdraw 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Do you think Akin should have withdrawn?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.

Cynthia Moore August 25, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I agree with you Ron, nicely said
Think Positive August 25, 2012 at 04:00 PM
@Ron & BJ "I am also confused on this person's logic and acceptance on one level, but threat " he would be dead" in the next breath." Yeah, and I'd bet that both of are you are in favor of the "death penalty". Right? Doesn't surprise one bit that your'e confused.
Think Positive August 25, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Obama...... "The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires. So we say to ourselves, ever since the founding of this country, you know what, there are some things we do better together. That’s how we funded the GI Bill. That’s how we created the middle class. That’s how we built the Golden Gate Bridge or the Hoover Dam. That’s how we invented the Internet. That’s how we sent a man to the moon. We rise or fall together as one nation and as one people, and that’s the reason I’m running for president – because I still believe in that idea. You’re not on your own, we’re in this together.”
Think Positive August 25, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Paul Ryan’s only real for-profit, private-sector job was in college as a salesman for Oscar Meyer, for whom he drove Wienermobile at least. Hey, at least held one job in the private sector.
Daniella Ruiz August 25, 2012 at 05:51 PM
ray>> i agree, he would have been better served if he used the word bonified rather than legitimate. i think that was he meant, i hope! if there's one thing wimmins don't like, is the menfolk twisting the truth about like pretzls. :-))


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