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Video: Akin apologizes for ‘legitimate rape’ remark, asks for forgiveness

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Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin released an apology ad Tuesday asking voters to forgive him for suggesting that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant.

Transcript via Politico:

“Rape is an evil act. I used the wrong words in the wrong way and for that I apologize. 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.”

Akin continues: “The mistake I made was in the words I said, not in the heart I hold. I ask for your forgiveness.”

Does this mean Akin plans to remain in the U.S. Senate race despite a growing chorus of voices asking him to drop out?

Doesn't look like Todd Akin plans on going away. Here's his apology ad: http://t.co/8GRFU0hE

— Peter Hershberg (@hershberg) August 21, 2012

NEW VIDEO: Rep Akin ad asks forgiveness. Likely means he is *not* dropping out today. http://t.co/4oSwx4Kr

— Cassidy Moody (@CassFM) August 21, 2012

A new PPP poll indicates Akin has 44 percent support while incumbent Claire McCaskill has 43 percent.

If you're just waking up, Akin has an apology ad up & is looking at a (v early) @ppppolls showing him even w @clairecmc http://t.co/2kpvhqmY

— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) August 21, 2012

But the video apology may be too little, too late.

Never a good sign for a campaign when you have to close your latest ad with "I ask for your forgiveness." http://t.co/48X7ZA7e

— Public_Interest_NC9 (@Public_Interest) August 21, 2012

Oh, Lord. @aburnspolitico: AKIN'S APOLOGY AD: http://t.co/10ZZUcjC

— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) August 21, 2012

Political Memo: When running for public office, don't put yourself in the position where you have to make this video: http://t.co/tFJfMg8m

— Alex Kantrowitz (@Kantrowitz) August 21, 2012

Perhaps Akin should have gone with the ol’ standby:

How come @ToddAkin didn't just come out and BLAME BUSH? How could any of the fool #MSM question him then? #mosen #tcot

— Allan Bourdius (@allanbourdius) August 21, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/08/21/video-todd-akin-apologizes-for-legitimate-rape-remark-asks-for-forgiveness/



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