Choices prove costly for Missouri U.S. Senate candidate

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: August 23, 2012

In choosing to stay in the race for U.S. Senate in Missouri, Republican Todd Akin has all but guaranteed the seat will go to incumbent Claire McCaskill and has hurt the GOP's hopes of retaking control of the Senate.

Choices have consequences, all right.

When he was asked in an interview Sunday whether his opposition to abortion extended to victims of rape, Akin chose to answer this way: “It seems to me, first of all, 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.”

No surprise, that response produced a tidal wave of criticism. Legitimate rape? Women can “shut that whole thing down”? Akin initially backpedaled and apologized for what he said, but by Tuesday he was more defiant than apologetic. Speaking on Mike Huckabee's radio program, Akin said he “misspoke one word in one sentence on one day, and all of a sudden, overnight, everybody decides, ‘Well, Akin can't possibly win.' Well, I don't agree with that.”

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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