Akin: Please Forgive Me

    U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., announces his candidacy for U.S. Senate Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Creve Coeur, Mo. Akin joins former state Treasurer and fellow Republican Sarah Steelman in challenging incumbent Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill. With him are two of his daughters, Abigail, left, and Hanna and his wife Lulli, right. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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    At least Todd Akin believes in himself. The Missouri Republican released a new ad Tuesday where he asked voters to forgive him. "The fact is, rape can lead to pregnancy ... I am asking for your forgiveness," Akin says in the ad, where he speaks directly to the camera. Akin insisted Monday night that he will stay in the Senate race despite being abandoned by much of his party after claiming that women can’t get pregnant from “legitimate rape.” “I am not a quitter,” Akin told Mike Huckabee. But Akin was a no-show on Piers Morgan Tonight, prompting Morgan to address an empty chair instead of Akin and call him a “gutless little twerp.”

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