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Todd Akin Wishes He Could Take Back 'Legitimate Rape' Comment

Former Congressman, whose Senate bid was ruined, hasn't ruled out a return to politics.

By Dara Sharif

Todd Akin, the former Missouri Congressman whose U.S. Senate candidacy failed after he opined that women couldn't get pregnant in cases of "legitimate rape," says he regrets the comment.

And he's not ruling out another run at political office, either.

Asked during an interview with KSDK-TV whether he wishes he could take back his comments, Akin said: "Of course. Of course you regret it. You think what it would have been like if I hadn't done that."

Akin got hit from both sides of the political aisle last year after he said the following in response to a question about his views on abortion in cases of rape: "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."


During the KSDK interview, Akin said he does not believe the female body can stop impregnation in the event of a rape.

"No, no," Akin said, "and I apologized for that."

Akin represented Missouri's 2nd Congressional District in the House for 12 years. After the outcry surrounding his legitimate-rape comment, Akin lost his bid to unseat U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., by more than 15 points.

Regarding the possibility of throwing his hat back in the ring in the future for political office, Akin said: "I don't rule anything out."

Anything is possible in a country that loves stories of redemption and the big comeback. But Akin's story is a classic lesson in "Things NOT to Say," whether during a political campaign or at the workplace.

You certainly can't control all your employees, but can you prevent a "Todd Akin" moment at your organization?

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