Lawmaker sorry over 'legitimate rape' remark
- Published: 21 Aug 2012 at 20.47
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The lawmaker under fire for his "legitimate rape'' remarks asked voters for forgiveness in a new campaign ad, as pressure mounted Tuesday from fellow Republicans urging him to bow out of his US Senate race.
The somber, 30-second spot begins with Missouri congressman Todd Akin looking directly at the camera and saying: "Rape is an evil act.''
"I used the wrong words in the wrong way, and for that, I apologize,'' he continued. "As the father of two daughters, I want tough justice for predators. I have a compassionate heart for the victims of sexual assault, and I pray for them.''
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