Gov. Scott Walker Says Missouri Senate Candidate Todd Akin 'Should Get Out'

Gov. Scott Walker wants election discussions to be about the future, not "ignorant" comments about rape and pregnancy.

Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday that Republican Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin should drop out of the race after Akin made controversial comments about rape and pregnancy.

"Yes, he should step down. Those comments were ignorant at best and outrageous," Walker said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in

Akin on Monday said he opposes abortion even in cases of rape because he, added, victims of "legitimate" rape can shut down their body's ability to get pregnant.

Walker joins a growing number of Republicans calling for Akin to get out of the race. 

Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson on Monday took to social media to denounce Akin's comments. On Twitter, Johnson called Akin's statements, “reprehensible and inexcusable."

While campaigning for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Milwaukee Tuesday, Johnson reaffirmed his position in an interview with Patch.

"We need the majority of Republicans in the Senate to start passing budget reforms and not spend time on issues created from inappropriate comments," Johnson said. "I'm afraid Akin won’t be able to do that and should step down. The financial problems facing this nation are the top issue. You do have to priotize what issues are front and center. We need to grow jobs and get the economy back on track."

His campaign released a more official statement, saying, in part, that Akin should step aside so Republicans can find a more suitable candidate to unseat incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill.

Wisconsin Republican Senate Nominee Tommy Thompson was blunt about Akin's apology not being enough and that he should resign his nomination.

"Congressman Akin should have come to the conclusion by now that his comments were inexcusable and an insult to rape victims," Thompson said in a written statement. "Simply apologizing is not enough. He should step aside and resign the nomination for U.S. Senate immediately."

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney in an interview with National Review Online said Akin's comments were "insulting" and that he should take immediate corrective action.

The Romney-Ryan campaign also put out a statement saying they do not oppose abortion in cases of 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," said campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg in a story in USA Today.

And Akin's Senate financing seems to have dried up along with the support he was counting on to see him through the election.

The Republican senate committee that helps raise money for candidates has withdrawn some $5 million it was planning to spend in Missouri to help Akin defeat McCaskill, according to a Reuters story on Yahoo.com.

While the comments were bad enough on their own, Walker pointed to how important the November elections are for determining which party holds the balance of power in the Senate.

"He should get out of the race, not just for Missouri, but for the country because that Senate race could very well determine the future of this country," he added. "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."

skinnyDUDE August 21, 2012 at 07:42 PM
@ Bert i dont know what the guy was referencing with the poor statement of Legitimate rape . I think he apologized and said he was wrong. Joe Biden didnt apologize and his statement was just as ignorant .But thats just racist JOE right ? Also .....There is a difference and distinction between Forcible rape and non forcible rape. Take the example of a 18 year old kid with his 17 year old girlfriend. If they have sex do you want them treated the same as a guy that grabs a women in an alley and forcibly rapes her . One is consenting but technically rape in many places.This is a question society must pose as the realities are certainly different . If we don't want to make some distinction in that type of case, we have to greatly increase the rape statistics. If you dont think we have gray areas in rape it is you who are showing some ignorance. The courts and families continue to wrestle with the issue I stated all the time. Where have you been? No one is out saying the guy is right . But your last paragraph showed little thought as well as the issue is a lot more complex than to ignorantly call all technical rape a forcible attack . I think society would find ignorance in your view as well. Reality is the courts are not very consistent but they do view cases differently because circumstances vary. Your view most would reject as it wouldnt take any factors into account.. I think most would find that unacceptable.
Bren August 21, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Clearly the individuals indulging in these fantastical ideas have not experienced this type of trauma personally or reviewed case histories, which would allow them to gain a glimmer of understanding into the depth and duration of destruction this crime causes to the victim's psyche and the concentric rings of trauma and anguish to parents, spouses, siblings, etc., which can last a lifetime and even impact future generations. The clause of allowing abortions in instances of rape I believe is intended to end the violation. Carrying a child of rape is a continuance of the violence, and that is what this cast of sorry characters does not think about. This should be an issue between the victim, parents if she is a minor, and professionally trained, credentialed medical staff. I'm getting tired of these right-wing fringe "fantasies" being aired in public. Pills between the knees, sex ed curriculum, "she asked for it." I was watching tv with a young female relative when video of "Pills Between the Knees" billionaire Foster Friess appeared. Her response? "Creepster!" I 100% agree. Enough is enough.
Bren August 21, 2012 at 08:01 PM
mau, Paul Ryan follows the teachings of atheist philosopher Ayn Rand, who incidentally was pro-choice. If it all seems confused and off-kilter that's because it is. I don't know anyone who can reconcile atheistic philosophies with religious beliefs; it is one or the other. Much as he tries to backpedal Ryan is on record (AtlasShrugged) as crediting atheist adulteress Ayn Rand for molding his philosophical viewpoint since he was young. If females truly had a magic anti-pregnancy secretion, would that make rape a less disgusting, sick, and violent crime? I suggest not, as rape is primarily about power/dominance/suppression.
skinnyDUDE August 21, 2012 at 08:04 PM
@ Bren Be nice if you didnt just randomly type and had a point that was related to something that was written in which you are REPLYING too.........other than you are "TIRED" . Go take a nap. The Patch could use a break from your constant ramblings of nonsense. You seldom make any sense at all.
Greg August 21, 2012 at 08:24 PM
So Paul Ryan is pro-choice?
Bren August 21, 2012 at 08:29 PM
skinny, I concede that statutory rape represents different criteria. Statutory rape primarily involves taking advantage of an immature individual/minor. Depending on the situation this can have an equally devastating set of consequences. Try to restrain the urge to deteriorate into negativity, skinny! You were actually involving yourself in discourse. Keep up the good work!
Bren August 21, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Greg, there's been so much ducking and weaving, who even knows anymore. Romney seems intent on subduing Ryan's messaging, which is not to say he disagrees with the messaging. If these folks would put equal zeal into eliminating poverty and bringing jobs home as they do in trying to regulate other people's lives...
mau August 21, 2012 at 08:44 PM
@Bren, you have now taken one Senator's philosophy and labeled Paul Ryan with it. How did you come up with that jump? I have many friends who are atheists and other religions, who I share beliefs with. I don't shut people out just because I don't agree with their philosophy 100%. I have many Mormon friends and know several Scientologists. I even know a few Native Americans who practice what may be considered "out of the mainstream". I may not agree with their religious or non-religious beliefs, but that does not stop me from sharing with or respecting their philosophical viewpoints. As far as your statement "magic anti-pregnancy secretion", why are you labeling pro-lifers with this blanket statement. As skinnyDUDE stated, not all rapes are created equal.
Bren August 21, 2012 at 08:57 PM
mau, the "jump" as you refer to it involves Paul Ryan's co-sponsorship of bills with Akin. And by no means do I lump all pro-lifers into the "magical secretion" category. The pro-lifers I know are against abortion for religious/personal moral code reasons. Not one has mentioned the "magical secretion." Other than the legal categories of rape (statutory/non-statutory) there are no other tiers of rape. It is a violent crime.
mau August 21, 2012 at 09:15 PM
What's the deal that Ryan co-sponsored a bill with him. Does that mean that anyone who co-sponsored a bill with Hillary Clinton, automatically believes in seances and participated in them with her. And where do you even get that Ryan is a believer in or was even aware of such a thing as "magical secretion". I never even heard of that since this whole story broke. You are like the old babba leaning over the back yard fence whispering gossip into her neighbors ear.
Greg August 21, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Paul Ryan's voting record shows he is pro-life, except in cases of rape and incest. Therefore Bren's Ayn Rand claims are debunked by Paul Ryan's independent thinking. Bren's conclusions about Ryan and Rand, are strangely the same as those in the Catholics United playbook. Ayn Rand was an adulteress, did Paul Ryan mess around? No that was Bill Clinton.
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) August 21, 2012 at 09:59 PM
@Gearhead - we don't have any comments over on the jobs/investment story. Just wanted to be sure you saw the story! :)
skinnyDUDE August 21, 2012 at 10:02 PM
@ Bren Refer to previous comment. Thank you!
R Still Day August 22, 2012 at 09:39 PM
@Jay - Yes, Obama had both houses for about that period of time, but he also had filibusters galore and obstructionists from day one. Blue Dogs may have been elected as Dems, but they vote with the Right. So even from day one he didn't have both houses.
dave August 22, 2012 at 09:59 PM
On January 7, 2011, U.S. Representative Paul Broun (R-GA) introduced House Resolution (H.R.) 212, the Sanctity of Human Life Act. Co-sponsored by 62 representatives, including Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the bill declares that: the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being, and is t he paramount and most fundamental right of a person; and the life of each human being begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, irrespective of sex, health, function or disability, defect, stage of biological development, or condition of dependency, at which time every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood. This whole rape thing is important, because in order to understand why this Akin guy was talking about legitimate rape you need to dig this bill that was co-sponsered by Ryan and Akin... If abortions are illegal except for rape...then you need to define rape..."Legitimate" rape is only if you are forced to have sex...not if you were looking like you might be asking for it! YOUR VP PICK RYAN WANTS TO LEGISLATE WHAT "NO" MEANS!!! HE ALSO WANTS TO GIVE ALL WOMEN MORE FREEDOM BY HAVING A PEEK IN YOUR UTERUS! TELL PAUL RYAN THAT HE DOES NOT OWN YOUR UTERUS!
jt August 24, 2012 at 11:49 AM
republicans will never get rid of abortion because with out it, they would lose the biggest vote getting issue in their platform. i say do away with abortion and make it a non issue!
EMIL August 24, 2012 at 05:13 PM
All of this is simply a "head fake", a "misdirect": the use of and denouncing of inappropriate words is easy ("legitimate", "shutting down"). It is the POLICIES advocated and supported by, and the apparent differences tbereof, that SHOULD BE the meaningful substance of this discussion: the criminalization of abortions, and whether having been Raped should be a mitigating factor.
mau August 24, 2012 at 07:41 PM
The platform of the Democrat Party which supports abortion at any stage for any reason, including partial birth abortion, is not extreme. It is not extreme to practice partial birth abortion (infanticide/murder) of a baby who can survive outside the womb. It is not extreme to suck and rip the full term baby to pieces. The Republican Platform is extreme because it does not support abortion. So comparing these two criteria, Obama/Biden support murder and Romney/Ryan support life.
Taoist Crocodile August 24, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I wish someone would please tell me how the GOP thinks the state should punish a rape victim who takes the morning-after pill. I've asked this question, like, thirty times, and nobody wants to touch it. Hello? Any right-wing ideologues out there? If something's illegal, then there must be a punishment for doing it... let's try to think clearly now.
Abe Froman August 24, 2012 at 07:53 PM
You are certainly a persistent dumb ass Tao, figures that you are liberal. The morning after pill simply won't exist, so problem solved. Get it?
Taoist Crocodile August 24, 2012 at 08:00 PM
That might be the single stupidest thing I've ever read. Because the US outlaws it, it won't exist? Think about how drop-dead stupid that is. I've got to say it again; that is a massively stupid thing to think. Canada won't outlaw the morning-after pill, nor will any number of countries around the world, so it will exist, and there will always be a black market for it. So, women will be raped, and some of them will get the pill. Now what? How long do you want to imprison these poor women, who may or may not have even been pregnant in the first place? Someone other than Abe, please - this is clearly too complicated for him.
Abe Froman August 24, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Tao certainly has a thing for abortion, makes you wonder how many he/she/it had.....poor eunuch.
Taoist Crocodile August 24, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I've got to chime in again on Abe's comment - I'm still reeling from how unbelievably stupid it is. I mean, I can understand bigotry, and ideological blindness, and religious superstition, and all of the other ills that affect the mind of so many Republican voters. But seriously? The US government outlaws it, so it no longer exists? That might be the dumbest thing I've ever heard. "Abe," maybe the all-powerful government should just outlaw RAPE while they're at it, and sex outside of marriage, and condoms, and the clap, and people as stupid as you reproducing and/or voting in the first place. My god, I feel like I've actually been giving you TOO MUCH credit for cognitive ability up until now, and I've just realized that there's a whole new and uncharted frontier of right-wing idiocy out there.
Abe Froman August 24, 2012 at 08:13 PM
You should probably get back to work for your highly unsuccessful business Tao. Romney/Ryan 2012, your buddy Barry Obongo is going to lose, just like Barrett lost. Good good times.
Taoist Crocodile August 24, 2012 at 08:21 PM
That's 3 strikes Abe - you clearly have no answers. Anyone else? How are we going to punish rape victims who take the morning after pill? Bueller...? Bueller...?
Paul August 25, 2012 at 07:18 PM
@Heather -- You're doing a fine job. You don't need to justify your choices to the overly emotional, opinionated readers who get their thrill from insulting others in the "Comments" section. They aren't the ones who matter. They're already trapped in a cesspool of hatred and anger and need to find fault with everyone who doesn't see things through their remarkably narrow lens. The only reason some of these people reacted the way they did is because it's embarrassing for Republicans and they'd rather pretend it didn't happen; ie, sweep it under the rug. Unfortunately, there are still some real PR problems in the party who aren't helping conservatives at all. Like the mayor of Lubbock Texas. (http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2012-08-22/county-judge-head-concerned-civil-unrest-if-obama-re-elected) Note this link goes to a Texas site; not the Huff or some left-leaning source. And I personally appreciate hearing about Walker calling Akin out. I find it reassuring re Walker's values and principles. So I give Walker a few more points to the positive. I'm glad I supported him.
Paul August 25, 2012 at 07:43 PM
@Bren -- I compliment you re your responses. You clearly make an effort to bring truth and facts to the discussion. Some of us do appreciate and value your well-reasoned contributions even if we might have a different political philosophy. However, we should be patient with Skinny. He's really challenged when it comes to intelligent discourse. For example, he loves to use the "Caps" key for effect. Obviously. However, he doesn't know how to spell or how to use a spell checker. The only way he knows how to respond is with negativity and insults. BTW, he claims to have had some instruction in economics. So if you should be involved in an exchange with him re that subject, beware. He must be really knowledgeable. I wonder if he also had some instruction in law, or sociology, or morals and ethics. You might enjoy reading this discussion where he demonstrates a remarkable determination to avoid staying on topic or responding to questions. Talk about not "REPLYING too............" In this discussion, he wouldn't reply to anything. Weak. http://mountpleasant.patch.com/articles/walmart-s-elmwood-park-plan-not-any-more-welcome-than-in-mount-pleasant#comment_3051432 Wow! I love helping karma along.
Paul August 26, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Correction: He's not the "mayor;" he's a "judge."
mau August 27, 2012 at 09:40 PM
"Xenu also spelled Xemu, was, according to the founder of Scientology L. Ron Hubbard, the dictator of the "Galactic Confederacy" who, 75 million years ago, brought billions of his people to Earth in a DC-8-like spacecraft, stacked them around volcanoes and killed them using hydrogen bombs. Official Scientology scriptures hold that the essences of these many people remained, and that they form around people in modern times, causing them spiritual harm." Actor/singer Will Smith's school New Village Academy has some teachers who are members of the Church of Scientology, and it will use teaching methods developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Will Smith and his family have been invited to the White House by President Obama on many occasions. President Obama believes the dictator of the "Galactic Confederacy" brought billions of people to earth.
Paul August 27, 2012 at 10:19 PM
@mau -- Wow! Do you have a link for this info?


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