"The statement was completely wrong."
Republican Todd Akin, in the midst of a tight race to replace a incumbent Missouri Democrat in the Senate, appeared with 760's Sean Hannity today. Akin apologized for his comment, made over the weekend, that a woman's body can prevent a pregnancy if the woman is a victim of "a legitimate rape".
Congressman Akin told Hannity, "rape is never legitimate, I used wrong words, it was ill conceived and I apologize."
Regarding the source of his pregnancy belief, Akin said that he'd once heard a medical report which stated that pregnancy was more difficult in a rape circumstance. "I don't believe that's true now. I checked the facts, that's wrong. I was wrong in that statement."
According to various reports, several prominent Republicans are calling on Akin to drop out of the Senate race to replace Senator Claire McCaskill (D).
But Akin told Hannity that he has no intention of dropping out, that he still has a legitimate chance of unseating McCaskill, "I still believe that I'm in the strongest position to do that."