Todd Akin Refuses to Drop Out of Race

Paul Ryan had called on the Missouri Senate candidate to quit campaign.
3:00 | 08/21/12

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Tonight, the man who unleashed a furry about comments about women and rape is causing his republican colleagues to regroup because he is refusing to get out of the race. It's "your voice your vote" and ahere's abc's senior white house correspondent jake tapper. Reporter: President obama was eager to weigh in on congressman todd akin yesterday, but today in columbus, ohio, he has moved on to other issues. My opponent now wants to go back to the way things were. Reporter: After all, others are doing his work for him. Running mate paul ryan and mitt romney in pennsylvania, an airborne look for what republicans fear, a banner, romney, ryan, akin, wrong for women. What I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. Reporter: A dozen republican senators have tried to shut akin's campaign down. A drum beat of calls for him to drop out has been deafening. Sources tell abc news that paul ryan personally called akin that he think long and hard what's best for him and the party akin in a tv ad -- the mistake I made was in the words I said, not in the heart i hold. I ask for your forgiveness. Reporter: But he's not going anywhere. The chairman of the republican party has asked akin not to come to next week's republican convention. After all, the obama campaign wants to use akin to treat romney and ryan as extremists at the very least to raise it to divisive socialists. They talked about abortion with no mention of exceptions such as rape. The obama campaign called it the akin amendment. Diane, at odds with romney's position on abortion, he has curved out exceptions for rape and incest. That's not ryan's position, he would only grant the life of a mother an exception but he's adopted romney's position as his own while he's on the ticket. Diane. Jake tapper, thank you so much.

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