Thursday, December 5, 2013
The Associated Press
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Republican Mitt Romney said Monday that a GOP Senate candidate's comments on rape are "insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong."
FILE - This Aug. 10, 2012 file photo shows Todd Akin, Republican candidate for U.S. Senator from Missouri taking questions after speaking at the Missouri Farm Bureau candidate interview and endorsement meeting in Jefferson City, Mo. Akin fought to salvage his Senate campaign Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, even as members of his own party turned against him and a key source of campaign funding was cut off in outrage over the Missouri congressman's comments that women are able to prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape." (AP Photo/St. Louis Pos-Dispatch, Christian Gooden)
Romney said he found Missouri Congressman Todd Akin's comments "offensive." Akin said in an interview Sunday that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in "a legitimate rape" and that conception is rare in such cases.
Romney said he has "an entirely different view." The GOP presidential candidate also called on Akin to correct his statements.
Akin, who is running to unseat Missouri's Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, issued a statement Sunday saying he "misspoke" during the interview. The statement did not specify on which points or comments.
Romney responded to Akin's comments in an interview with the National Review.
Meanwhile, Sen. Scott Brown on Monday said that Akins' comments are "outrageous" and that the congressman should drop his Senate bid.
The Massachusetts Republican said there is "no place in our discourse" for Akin's comments
Brown is locked in a tight reelection race this year against Democrat Elizabeth Warren.