Republican Statements on Rape Cause Firestorm

Katy O'Donnell
Oct. 29, 2012, 5:45 a.m.

From Todd Akin to Richard Mour­dock, state­ments made by Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ates about rape dur­ing this elec­tion cycle have set off a con­tin­ued firestorm. Here is some of what’s been said.

Missouri Republican Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., and his wife Lulli Akin, left, take part in a news conference at the start of a statewide bus tour, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, in St. Louis. Akin is hoping that donors displeased by his much-criticized remarks about rape will reopen their checkbooks.  National Journal
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, campaigns in his hone state to retain hie seat.  National Journal
Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md., introduces a bill to ammend the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 8, 2004. The new bill would allow groups to buy advertising refering to candidates which is currently prohibited in the weeks leading up to an election.    (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg) National Journal
Republican Tom Smith, left, and Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey shake hands at the end of a debate between Pennsylvania's candidates for U.S. Senate, at the WPVI-TV studio, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, in Philadelphia. Casey tried to paint his Republican challenger Tom Smith as someone who would worsen partisanship in Congress, while Smith contended he knows better than Casey how to improve the economy, as the two candidates largely stuck to rehearsed scripts in their first and only debate Friday. AP
Richard Mourdock ($438,000) The Indiana treasurer has been no stranger to fundraising struggles in 2011, and his lackluster pace continued in the third quarter, despite including $100,000 of Mourdock's own money. The silver lining during the period is that he picked up some endorsements from national conservative organizations -- but if the nods don't translate to money, they won't mean much for Mourdock, who finished the period with less than 1/10th of what Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., has on hand. National Journal
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