Rep. Todd Akin on Quitting Senate Race: 'I Don't Know the Future'

Republican representative has resisted Mitt Romney's call to quit his Senate race.
3:00 | 08/22/12

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Transcript for Rep. Todd Akin on Quitting Senate Race: 'I Don't Know the Future'
Congressman akin joins us live from st. Louis. Good morning, congressman. Thank you for joining us. It's a pleasure, george. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to visit with you. Absolutely. Last night, you sent out a tweet saying the liberal media is trying to get you out of the race. But you saw the piece right there. The calls for you to go come from mitt romney, republican senators, sean hannity, rush limbaugh. That's not the liberal media. You're right on that. Essentially the way things have shaped up. We've given this a lot of thought. The fact is, over a year period of time, a number of us ran in the republican primy. Each of us had our messages. I was outspent by a large amount in terms of media. And yet, by standing on principle, and putting politics aside, and talking about the foundation of this country, the people of missouri chose me to be their candidate. I don't think it's right for party bosses to override those voters. So, I think it's -- I think really, we should allow things to stand, and let the election process unfolded. Are you saying you're in, no matter what? You're not going to get out before that september 25th deadline, even if it appears you're going to lose and cost republicans, possibly, control of the senate? Well, george, I've never going to say everything that can possibly happen. I don't know the future. But I do know this. I know that the party voters took a look at our hearts, understood who we were, had a chance to meet us in many, many different ways and made a decision. And it makes me uncomfortable to think that the party bosses are going to dictate who runs as opposed to the election process. I believe in that principle. You still are open to getting out? Well, I've made the decision to stay in because I believe that we can win this race. There's such a strong contrast between me and my opponent. We're about opposite on all things. She's in favor of obama care. I voted 30 times against obama care. And she is also strongly pro-abortion. And I'm pro-life. I think that contrast gives us a basis to win it. And I'm planning to win it. Let's talk more about it. In jon karl's piece, you said i misspoke one word, in one sentence, on one way. Let's put up the statement. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. Put out a statement saying, rep akin never used the word legitimate to refer to the rapist, but rather false claims like those made in the roe case. Is that what you meant by legitimate? First of all, let me say, that legitimate, the word legitimate, doesn't ever have a good reason standing next to rape. There's no rape that is legitimate. And I understand that rape is a terrible and a tragic and a violent crime. And that's why I have apologized for using that word legitimate because it doesn't belong there. And I also know that I hurt people. And the first thing that I felt was right to do was to apologize. But I'm not apologizing for the fact that I'm pro-life and that I also believe it's important to defend the unborn. If you took out the word legitimate there, if it was a rape, the female body has ways to shut the whole thing down, that the sentence would be true? No. I was medically wrong. I understand that pregnancy can result from rape. And those are terrible circumstances, very difficult circumstances. You know, you're a member of the house science committee. A lot of people are wondering how an idea like that could even get in your head. Well, that's a -- the point of the matter is, yes, pregnancy can happen as a result of rape. I understand that. And I've acknowledged that fact. How about -- at the same time, I don't apologize for the fact that I'm consistently pro-life. I believe in defending the unborn. And I believe based on those kinds of principles, we can win this race. A sharp contrast between me and my opponent. Excuse me, sir. How is this relevant to the case? Are you suggesting your allies are suggesting that babies are being killed because women make false claims of rape? A lot of times, women are afraid to come forward after an incident because of shame or fear. Well, I believe what you just said is true. And I think there are many victims of rape. And it is extremely serious. As I said, it's a violent crime. It leaves permanent scars. And it's -- in that regard, that's why I apologized because I said hurtful things. But I don't apologize for being pro-life and standing up for the ones who are defenseless. And that is a deep conviction that I have. The chairman of the national republican committee does not want you to go to the republican convention. Are you going? No. I honor their particular wishes. My objective here is to be able to show the sharp contrast between myself and my democrat opponent. She supported obama care. I voted 30 times against it. She is pro-abortion. I am pro-life. And we have other big differences. She is consistently voting for big government, more taxes, and there hasn't been a budget in 1,000 days in the senate. In the house, we have passed budgets. And that contrast, I think, will result in our winning this race in november. Congressman, thank you very much for your time this morning. George, it's a pleasure to join you. Thank you.

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