It’s his “I’m not a witch” moment…
The last thing I heard last night was that Todd Akin would hold a press conference this morning at 9:00 AM.
But the Missouri Republican candidate released this new ad instead.
“Rape is an evil act.”
When your campaign reaches the point where you are forced to remind voters that you oppose rape, you know you have reached rock bottom.
CBS News reported:
Despite mounting pressure to withdraw from his Senate race after offensive comments he made about rape and abortion, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., isn’t backing down, and recorded a TV ad apologizing for his remarks.
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“Rape is an evil act. I used the wrong words in the wrong way and for that I apologize,” Akin tells viewers in the ad, first reported by Politico Tuesday morning. “As the father of two daughters, I want tough justice for predators. I have a compassionate heart for the victims of sexual assault. I pray for them,” Akin says.
“The fact is, rape can lead to pregnancy. The truth is, rape has many victims,” he continues.
“The mistake I made was in the words I said, not in the heart I hold. I ask for your forgiveness.”
The controversy began Sunday after Akin, a six-term conservative congressman who’s running against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, was asked in a TV interview whether he would support abortions for women who have been raped.