Politicians From Wisconsin to New Hampshire Talking About Akin's 'Legitimate Rape' Comment
With the deadline for U.S. Rep. Todd Akin to step aside from the U.S. Senate race without getting courts involved passed, political leaders in Patch communities around the country are speaking out.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, added his voice to the "should he stay or should he go" debate playing out nationally in the wake of Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin's weekend comment about "legitimate rape".
According to Mount Pleasant (WI) Patch, Walker on Tuesday suggested that what's at stake in November is bigger than Missouri. "I want the debate to be about the future, not about issues like that where I think (Akin) made a horribly ignorant statement. He should get out," Walker said.
Akin, a U.S. Representative from Wildwood, has apologized for the comment and today released an ad to that effect. Still, national funding sources have indicated they will not assist an Akin campaign moving forward and national party figures have urged him to quit the race.
Concord (NH) Patch reported Tuesday that a challenger in a U.S. House race there urged her incumbent opponent to call for Akin to leave.
Missouri candidates had until 5 p.m. Tuesday to step down as a party's nominee in November without getting courts involved. Akin did not step down.