GOP Senate nominee Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin puts out an "I misspoke" statement


Earlier GOP Senate Nominee Akin said that victims of ‘Legitimate Rape’ don’t get pregnant. It's in the video above.

Of course, he never let us in on what "illegitimate rape" was.

Gee, I wonder what Willard Romney and Paul Ryan think of Akin's comments. And then I wonder what they'll think of his comments the next day, and then the next, and the next hour. Flippity flop, Etcha-y Sketch go the Medicare Coupon Duo!

Wait. Wait. What does this remind me of? Thinking... thinking...... Got it! Ron Paul: “If it’s an honest rape,” go to the emergency room, get “a shot of estrogen.”

But back to Akin. He sounded so sure of himself, he's clearly a man of conviction. And by that, I mean he put out a statement saying he "misspoke." Ahem.

Via Livewire:

"As a member of Congress, I believe that working to protect the most vulnerable in our society is one of my most important responsibilities, and that includes protecting both the unborn and victims of sexual assault. In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it's clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year. Those who perpetrate these crimes are the lowest of the low in our society and their victims will have no stronger advocate in the Senate to help ensure they have the justice they deserve.

"I recognize that abortion, and particularly in the case of rape, is a very emotionally charged issue. But I believe deeply in the protection of all life and I do not believe that harming another innocent victim is the right course of action. I also recognize that there are those who, like my opponent, support abortion and I understand I may not have their support in this election.

"But I also believe that this election is about a wide range of very important issues, starting with the economy and the type of country we will be leaving our children and grandchildren. We've had 42 straight months of unacceptably high unemployment, trillion-dollar deficits, and Democratic leaders in Washington who are focused on growing government, instead of jobs. That is my primary focus in this campaign and while there are those who want to distract from that, knowing they cannot defend the Democrats' failed economic record of the last four years, that will continue to be my focus in the months ahead."

From callous to empathetic in the bat of an eye-lection. Claire McCaskill, Dems, go at him, he's all yours.

By the way, anyone spot an apology? Me neither.

Just for fun, take a look at Time's What Happens Next on Akin.

UPDATE: Growing Number Of Conservatives Call On Akin To Withdraw After ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comments

UPDATE: Claire McCaskill responds.

UPDATE: Romney and Ryan respond, sort of:

(CNN) – A spokeswoman for Mitt Romney wrote late Sunday that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee and his running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, did not share Rep. Todd Akin's sentiments on rape.

"Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin's statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape," Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg wrote.

"Disagree"? That's it? Really, Willard, Paul? Really??

And Paul "Personhood" Ryan disagrees, too?