Akin's campaign declined to weigh in on what Romney said -- a decision that seemed to hint at Akin's own abandonment by essentially the entire GOP establishment (including Romney) in the midst of the controversy after he made his comments on "legitimate" rape rarely leading to pregnancy.
"I am not going to join the media in piling on when a fellow Republican makes an inelegant statement," said Akin senior adviser Rick Tyler in an email
to the Huffington Post. In the days after Akin's rape comment, he had characterized it as using the "wrong words."
Incidentally, Akin is now one week away from the absolute last chance deadline to get off the ballot -- September 25 -- and he continues to show no indication that he'll do so.