Video: Akin apologizes for ‘legitimate rape’ remark, asks for forgiveness
"Rape is an evil act" Akin says in this mea culpa-cum-anti-rape PSA ad he released today: http://t.co/ZTYmY2io
— Alexandra Jaffe (@ajjaffe) August 21, 2012
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.
“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.”
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.
— 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
— 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:
— Allan Bourdius (@allanbourdius) August 21, 2012