Can you hear that sound? It’s Republican Todd Akin backpedaling as fast as he can.
Following on from his offensive comments on Sunday that women could not get pregnant from “legitimate rape” and calls from top Republicans to withdraw from the race, Akin has turned around and issued a groveling apology and insisted that he has no plans to step down.
“I’m not a quitter. My belief is we’re going to move this thing forward,” he said about his rape comments. “To quote my friend John Paul Jones, I’ve not yet begun to fight.”
“I really just want to apologize to those that I’ve hurt, because I’ve spoken in error,” Akin said.
Akin also tried explain the use of “legitimate” with rape. “I was talking about forcible rape, and it was absolutely the wrong word,” Akin said.
Even though his outrageous comments have attracted widespread criticism, it hasn’t hurt his poll numbers– he is ahead of rival Claire McCaskill 44 percent to 43 percent. He has a 5 p.m. deadline for stepping aside without a court order looming over the race.