Todd Akin, the Republican Congressman from Missouri whose comments about rape over the weekend prompted calls for his resignation, is asking voters for forgiveness in a new ad.
In the 30-second spot above, Akin acknowledges that “I used the wrong words in the wrong way and for that I apologize.” Akin continues, “The fact is, rape can lead to pregnancy. The truth is rape has many victims. The mistake I made was in the words I said, not in the heart I hold. I ask for your forgiveness.”
Akin on Sunday told a local news station that “from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” The comments led the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which works to elect Republicans to the Senate, to redirect $5 million in advertising funds previously put aside for Akin’s bid, according to a report from The Associated Press. = Akin has said he has no plans to pull out of his upcoming race but compounded his image problems Monday with a no-show on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight that led Morgan to call Akin a “gutless little twerp.”