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Senate candidate's rape comments draw bipartisan condemnation

2 years ago August 20, 2012 Aug 20, 2012 Monday, August 20 2012 Monday, August 20, 2012 11:47:51 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Politicians on both sides of the aisle condemned comments about rape made by a Senate candidate in Missouri.

Both President Obama and his GOP challenger Mitt Romney condemned Missouri GOP Congressman Todd Akin's rape comments.

Obama said it shows danger of men deciding women's health issues. Romney called the comments "insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong."

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.

Akin, who is running to unseat Missouri's Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, apologized for his comments Monday and said he plans to stay in the Senate race.

Two Republican senators have called for Akin to drop out of the Senate race.

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