Brown, Warren Reprimand Rep. Akin's Rape Comment; What Do You Say?

U.S. Senator Scott Brown and his challenger Elizabeth Warren both condemned Akin's comments this morning.

In tweets just six minutes apart, Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown and his challenger Elizabeth Warren condemned comments made by Rep. Todd Akin that implied women who are raped could shut down their reproductive organs.

When asked his opinion on abortions in the case of rape during a TV interview Sunday, Akin, a Republican from Missouri who is running for a seat in the Senate, said the following:

"It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume that maybe that didn't work or something, I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child."

Brown, a pro-choice Republican, called for Akin to apologize in a tweet Monday morning.

"I found Todd Akin’s comments about rape victims outrageous and way over the line," the message, sent at 6:51 a.m., said. "He needs to apologize."

Brown has also called for Akin to resign from the race for Senate, according to Politico.

Just six minutes later, Warren, the Democrat challenger, also took to twitter.

"I'm disgusted by Rep Akin's remarks about rape," the message said. "The GOP agenda for women isn't just wrong. It's dangerous."

Akin has since said he "misspoke."

What do you think? Was Akin's comment offensive? Should he apologize? Should Massachusetts politicians speak out against it?

Tell us in the comments.

Public Access Producer August 20, 2012 at 08:58 PM
At this point, every single candidate in the United States is going to have to - rightfully - denounce "Rep" Akins comment. Problem for Scotty is that he and Akin are both Republicans, and the Republicans have been known to provoke. Akin was sent out there, no doubt, to create a stir and make Romney look "presidential" denouncing a fellow Republican. Akin fell on his sword because Romney is doing so poorly.
Tony L August 20, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Where is Romney doing poorly? I know in Massachusetts because of all the kooks.
Samantha August 21, 2012 at 03:25 AM
How about Hank Johnson from Georgia is he the poster boy for the D ticket? He thinks islands can tip over if they get too crowded. Look it up on Youtube.
cindy August 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM
We have too many people on welfare of course Romney is doing bad here. Romney/Ryan 2012
cindy August 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Akins an idiot and it would be wise if he dropped out and let someone else run.
John C. August 21, 2012 at 01:32 PM
The crazy comment has nothing to do with party affiliation, but a lot to do with the individual saying them. Warren had to blame the whole party. Brown blamed the individual, who is from his party.
Calvin August 21, 2012 at 03:49 PM
cindy August 21, 2012 at 11:41 PM
how is the GOP agenda for women wrong? it was one bad apple. if i remember correctly during this years republican primaries George stephanopolous asked the question in regards to birth control to Mitt Romney, Romney looked at him as if he was crazy and Romney stated we dont need to talk about birth control that's doing just fine, nothing should be changed. I can not wait until the debates to start.
Joe Viglione August 22, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Cindy, John C and Tony L - Akins committed the big GOP sin, he stated publicly what was supposed to stay in the "whisper campaign" mode. The Republican strategists are geniuses at coming up with hypocritical catch phrases that say the opposite of the GOP agenda, but are like malicious software designed to ruin your life. The Democrats, on the other hand, have aspirations to be as vicious and mean-spirited as Republicans, but they back-off to remain the "lesser of two evils." The GOP is very good at stealing elections - Bush 2000, Bush 2004, all you need to look at with clarity...voting machines owned by the Republican controlled Diebold co. that had to change its name, just as Blackwater had to change its name. Enron? After the GOP stole American monies during their war on Iraq they lost all credibility. Colin Powell got screwed, didn't he? Piranha eating piranha. Akins just blurted out the hidden GOP agenda...probably to distract from what an embarrassment Romney is...the candidate NONE of the GOP wanted in the first place. It will be a landslide for this good president. Obama/Biden 2012.
Joe Viglione August 22, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Akins comment has helped the Democrats! "Heading into next week’s GOP convention, Republicans are finding themselves confronting controversies over Medicare and abortion — far from the issues they’ve been trying to highlight for months: jobs and the slack economy." http://m.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-race-romney-ryan-ticket-struggles-to-quell-controversies-over-medicare-abortion-stances/2012/08/22/c81fcb9a-ec73-11e1-866f-60a00f604425_story.html
Alan August 22, 2012 at 05:36 PM
The Democrats just have a terrible president who is ruining the country and a senate candidate who has lied about everything and is crazy as a s&@t house rat to contend with. Good point Joe.
cindy August 22, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Joe, first I would like to start off by saying I am not a republican. I am an independent thinker and I am voting for the most qualified this nov. Romney/Ryan. Second not all republicans are mean spirited Lincoln freed the slaves and he was a republican, Strom Thurmond who was a United States Democratic (dixiecrats) Senator who was the biggest racist during segregation time in the 50"s until his death some years back. he started out as a dem and then when segregation was abolished the southern folks still had strong beliefs in segregation and thurmond wanted to appeal to these folks so he changed his political affiliation to republican not really bc he was one but just so he was on paper to appeal to these folks for vote. Last I heard the ballots will be counted by software from Mexico this year. good thing the prez gave amnesty to all these Illegals, perfect timing i would say. I guess it depends what media outlet you listen to. The last democrat I know to treat a woman like crap was Barrack Obama against Hillary Clinton, he sure knows how to treat a lady. Maybe you should refresh and go on youtube and watch the democratic primaries from 2008.
Joe Viglione August 22, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Cindy, all due respect (and I'm going to keep it civil and not be as outraged as your post seems to be), have you noticed how all progressives are proud of being progressives and those promoting Romney/Ryan are oh-so-conveniently "independents." A good friend of mine pulled that stunt on me too...but when he couldn't win the argument he tried to save face by asking me who the Green Party candidate is (Jill Stein, a Bostonian). So he's now going to vote for Jill Stein, probably because he realized the hypocrisy of claiming to be an "independent" yet leaning right on all his political views. Now as for Honest Abe Lincoln, the Republican party of 1861 was very much in line with the Democrats of 2012, in my humble opinion. A LOT can happen in 151 years, y'know. Strom Thurmond had to change affiliation to what he was, a Republican. All due respect, it shows the pattern - Strom painted himself a Dixiecrat and then a Democrat, you paint yourself as an "independent" and you write "Romney/Ryan"...if it walks like a duck, y'know? Here's what Jesse Jackson had to say on Strom Thurmond: "The point that strikes me the most is that he lived 100 years and never acknowledged his daughter. He never let her eat at his table. He fought for laws that kept his daughter segregated and in an inferior position. He never fought to give her first-class status." Scott Brown will say anything and do anything to get his way - Mitt Romney AND John Kerry do the same thing. Me? I'm a progressive.
cindy August 23, 2012 at 12:27 AM
im not outraged, you called me out and I responded if that's how you took it that's on you. Im an independent and this vagina will be voting for Romney/Ryan and I will still get my birth control under them. why would we talk about the rainbow party if whats on display here is brown vs warren your just deflecting. You know what Jesse said about Obama? "I like to cut his b$%#s off for talking down to us black folks" you know what they say about opinon's, everyone has one. Who cares what old man Thurmond did to his daughter that's how women were treated back then as second hand citizens we were just allowed to vote not that long ago so to hear something like that about thurmond does not surprise me he was a southern cracker, (did you read his autobiography?) their are dads today 2012 that don't acknowlege their kids, sons or daughters. Like I stated way above Romney is not against birth control. Jesse Jackson is a wonderful activist this I agree. Jackson was always pro life democrat and was against govt funding for abortions but he has since changed his view, a lot can change in a few years especially on election year, that's how life goes people change, opinions change, the world changes. I have voted for dems and republicans.
ella watson August 23, 2012 at 01:15 PM
.... Freedom of Choice gives both Parties what they want. Pro-choice allows every women the Choice to be PRO- Women or ANTI- Women. ....Where Choosing ANTI- alone, is one sided..unfair..un American. The Republican party is Anti-Women. The Constitution gives us all the Rights to Defend ourselves. Women have the Right to Protect Themselves Period, its an Individual Privilege and our God given Right.. This is my opnion.
Laurie Conners August 23, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Read their plank on ending abortion under any situation. Are you really a woman? If you are the party hates you. Why are you voting your and every woman's rights away?
ella watson August 23, 2012 at 05:44 PM
on Aug 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm Earlier today, Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) claimed that “legitimate rape” does not often lead to pregnancy because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” This is not the first time the biologically challenged senate candidate tried to minimize the impact of rape. Last year, Akin joined with GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as two of the original co-sponsors of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” a bill which, among other things, introduced the country to the bizarre term “forcible rape.” Federal law prevents federal Medicaid funds and similar programs from paying for abortions. Yet the law also contains an exception for women who are raped. The bill Akin and Ryan cosponsored would have narrowed this exception, providing that only pregnancies arising from “forcible rape” may be terminated. Because the primary target of Akin and Ryan’s effort are Medicaid recipients — patients who are unlikely to be able to afford an abortion absent Medicaid funding — the likely impact of this bill would have been forcing many rape survivors to carry their rapist’s baby to term. Michelle Goldberg explains who Akin and Ryan would likely target
Jeff C September 01, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Good for you Cindy. Don't let Joe Viglione's Mr Civility act fool you. Say something he doesn't agree with and watch what happens. Three weeks ago he groundlessly called people racists, cowards, imbecilic and sick all because they disagreed with what he had to say. Extremely disturbing and very ugly rhetoric to say the least. Of course he thinks it's okay for him to say such vile things. Stand up to his bullying and he immediately starts complaining to the editor that he's being taunted. Once again good for you Cindy.
Joe Viglione September 02, 2012 at 02:15 PM
As noted below, Cindy. "Jeff C" is the one throwing mud and hurting people from the shadows. You can find me at most City Council meetings talking to a variety of people...until Jeff C and his gang show up and have to have a police escort out of there. Police reports AND a copy of the Agreement signed at the police station that Jeff C just violated upon request.
Jarret Bencks (Editor) September 04, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Multiple posts in this comment section were deleted for being off topic. Keep the discussion relevant, please.


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