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Akin Won't Rule Out Withdrawing From Senate Race

Embattled Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin embarked on a morning show media blitz Wednesday, and acknowledged that he wouldn't rule out stepping aside from race before the final deadline to withdraw on September 25.

"I'm never going to say everything that can possibly happen," he said on ABC's "Good Morning America" about the possibility he still could step aside. "I don't know the future."

Withdrawing at this later date requires a court order, which would be granted unless the election authority has "good cause" to oppose it. It also requires that the candidate withdrawing agree to pay "any printing or reprinting costs" of ballots.

In the ABC interview, Akin hit the "party bosses" who want him out of the race.

"By standing on principle, and putting politics aside, and talking about the foundation of this country, the people of Missouri chose me to be their candidate," he said. "I don't think it's right for party bosses to override those voters."

The congressman again delved into his controversial comments on rape.

"There is no rape that is legitimate," he stated on NBC's "Today Show," but emphasized again that he won't apologize for his pro-life beliefs.

He also said his claim that a woman's body could somehow avoid pregnancy was not true. "I was misinformed and I recognize that," he said.

Akin was asked whether he'd attend the GOP Convention, given that RNC chair Reince Priebus asked him not to. "No," he said. "I honor their particular wishes."

Sarah Mimms and Christopher Peleo-Lazar contributed.

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