By Alexandra Jaffe – The Hill
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) announced on Friday that he will remain in the race for Missouri’s Senate seat.
“We’re going to be here through the November election and we’re going to be here to win,” he said.
“There’s some people having trouble understanding our message,” the defiant Akin said before declaring his intention to stay in the race against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).
It was his first public appearance since his controversial comments concerning rape made headlines on Sunday.
The lawmaker faced mounting calls to step down from his seat following statements he made that in the case of “legitimate rape,” pregnancy is rare because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Republicans nationwide disavowed the comments, and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney joined a growing chorus of Republican leaders to ask him to resign from the nomination.
Akin said Friday that he and his campaign had “been busy” over the past few days, but wouldn’t elaborate on what work he had been doing or with whom he had been meeting to rally support for his continued bid. He insisted that, as he had been the choice of the people, he should stay in the race.
“I may not be the favored candidate of some people within the Republican establishment, but the voters made the decision, and this is an election, it’s not a selection,” he said.
Akin has long bucked the party establishment, and reminded reporters that he hadn’t had support from the party during his primary run, either. He wouldn’t indicate whether or how his campaign would change in the future; saying simply that they’d stay the course until November.
“We campaign the same as we have in the past. It’s pretty straightforward. Campaigning is campaigning,” he said.
Akin updated hisÂ Facebook cover photoÂ earlier on Friday to a photo that reads “We proved the party bosses wrong. Now, help us defeat Claire McCaskill” â€” a clear indication that, even when it was uploaded around 3 p.m. Washington time, he planned to continue his fight.
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