Rep. Todd Akin clarifies position on abortion, rape in U.S. Senate campaign

3:06 PM, Aug 27, 2012   |    comments
Rep. Todd Akin. (AP File)
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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) - Republican Congressman Todd Akin of Missouri is pressing forward with his U.S. Senate campaign while reaffirming his opposition to abortion, a week after causing a political uproar with remarks about rape and pregnancy.

Akin spoke to radio stations in St. Louis and Kansas City on Monday as he prepares toresume campaigning in his quest to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Akin was asked again Monday about his statement that women's bodies can avoid pregnancies in cases of what he called "legitimate rape." He said his original remarks were wrong. He also said he's against abortion in cases of rape because he doesn't believe in fixing one tragedy with another tragedy.

McCaskill, meanwhile, focused her campaign Monday on her efforts to prevent the closure of rural post offices.

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