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Todd Akin Releases Apology, Asks Forgiveness

The candidate for Missouri Senate issues ad Monday.

Rep. Todd Akin, a Republican who is seeking to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in November, issued an apology ad. The ad was first reported by Politico early Tuesday. 

The apology comes on the heels of comments he made Sunday on

The backlash over the comments went viral Monday, with the story heading up national news broadcasts and leading national Republican groups to withdraw support. President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney both condemned Akin's comments.

The L.A. Times reports that conservative super PAC Crossroads GPS, founded by former Karl Rove, is pulling its ads from the Missouri Senate race. Crossroads had been spending money on ads against McCaskill.

“The act speaks for itself,” Crossroads spokesman Nate Hodson told the Times on Monday.

See a roundup of Patch's previous coverage: .

At some point Monday, Akin's camp booked an appearance on Piers Morgan's CNN show. He canceled later in the day, prompting Morgan to run video of an empty chair while talking about Akin's cancellation. To view the complete video, click here.

NBC and CBS News are reporting that Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan called Akin to urge him to drop out. Akin said  from the race.

Our Patch Republican Influencer Poll as to whether Akin should leave the race. Missouri election law allows candidates to withdraw 11 weeks before Election Day. That means the deadline to exit the Nov. 6 election is 5 p.m. today (Aug. 21). 

Kurt Greenbaum August 21, 2012 at 01:58 PM
We appreciate your comments, but please keep vulgarities out of the conversation.
Scott Simon August 21, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Apology accepted. At least he didn't bury the apology lead like he did in the written release yesterday. However, Akin is not a rookie in front of the TV camera. The ad was done with a teleprompter. Sunday's comments were made without a teleprompter. Politicians are coached to stay on message and the type of language to use in the message. What he said is not excusable. A crisis of this magnitude (9 on a scale of 10) will not blow over. He is toxic. He has lost nearly all in-party support. He needs to quit the race and retire. I've signed this petition, you should too. http://dickmorris.rallycongress.com/7717/get-todd-akin-to-pull-out/
Earl Higgins August 21, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I can accept the apology to the extent that his words were ill chosen but I'm afraid I cannot accept his "protect the unwanted zygote no matter what" agenda. It's rather irrelevant whether he decides to quit or not - this race is going to McCaskill whatever happens.
Scott Simon August 21, 2012 at 02:41 PM
My political stragegy for Missouri Senate and 2nd District House race. State Republican Committee should appoint Ann Wagner to run for the Senate. They should appoint Randy Jotte to run for U.S. House. All of this of course can only happen if Akin resigns. Missouri Republicans cannot appoint a male to replace Akin because of this issue.
Betty Wink August 21, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Yawn. Standard speech-writing. But you can't write sincerity. Didn't see a soupcon of that rare commodity.
James W. August 21, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I am getting really tired of hearing anybody in public office apoligizing for what they say.Here's a tip.....get it right the first time.This just goes to show that when a person speaks "off the cuff" he/she is saying what they really believe in there heart.Not what is actually the best thing.
shirlann October 19, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Todd Akin needs to quit politics and leave it to people that are honest. I have nothing good to say about him and his so called apology.. I have heard too many apologies from way too many men that mess up and thats from both parties.....I could name them but it would take me too long and I dont have time to waste on them...

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