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‘LEGITIMATE RAPE’ Romney: Akin ‘Inexcusable’ Joe Raedle / Getty Images

Romney: Akin ‘Inexcusable’

Let the damage control begin. Mitt Romney was quick to denounce Republican Rep. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment, telling National Review Monday morning that Akin’s comments are “insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong.” As other Republicans squirmed over Akin’s embarrassing comment and feared it would cost them the majority in the Senate, Romney said that he and his campaign, “like millions of other Americans,” found the comments “offensive.” Akin said Sunday that pregnancies are rarely caused by “legitimate rape.” Romney assured National Review and everyone else appalled by the remarks that he has “an entirely different view” and that what Akin said was “entirely without merit.” Among others in Akin's own party disturbed by the remarks, Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown called on his fellow Republican to resign his nomination for Missouri's seat in the Senate. 

August 20, 2012 11:49 AM