Todd Akin holds press conference to confirm he is not dropping out of Senate race

By Kay Steiger
Friday, August 24, 2012 17:09 EDT
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In a brief press conference on Friday afternoon, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) confirmed that he has no intention of stepping down as the Republican candidate for senator from Missouri and made it clear that he is not involved in any negotiations to do so.

“There are some people who are having trouble understanding my message,” Akin began. “We are going to be here through the November election. … There may be some negotiations, but they don’t include me.”

Only a small number of questions were taken after Akin’s opening remarks, and none of them touched directly on his statements about rape. One journalist did ask Akin why he thought some GOP leaders were calling for him to step aside, to which he replied, “I may not be the favorite candidate of some people within the Republican establishment.”

Ryan became a center of controversy earlier this week, after he claimed that “legitimate rape” rarely lead to pregnancy.

Several high-level Republicans then called for him to step aside, including Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and fellow pro-life congressmen and VP candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

Akin sent out a fundraising letter on Friday, claiming to aim for a goal of raising $212,000 by midnight. Akin already raised $206,000 in the wake of his remarks.

A spokesperson also reported threats against himself, Akin and the congressman’s family in the wake of the remarks, according to the local Fox station.

A local reporter tweeted that he is expected to stay in the race.

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Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story. Her contributions have appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Campus Progress, The Guardian, In These Times, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check, and others. You can follow her on Twitter @kaysteiger.
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