Friday, April 26, 2013

Todd Akin says he still regrets rape comments; is still mad at GOP

Posted By on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Todd Akin is living a campaign ad in retirement.
  • Todd Akin is living a campaign ad in retirement.

Todd Akin is back! After keeping to himself for almost six months after losing his Senate campaign against Sen. Claire McCaskill, the gaffe-prone former congressman gave an interview to KSDK Channel 5 that was published today. Shocking nobody, Akin said he regrets the "legitimate rape" comment he made during the race that helped cost him the election.

"You think what would it have been like if I hadn't done that," he said of his reputation-defining comment. Akin apologized many times during the campaign for saying the victims of "legitimate rape" can physically prevent themselves from getting pregnant. The new interview wasn't just a chance for him to apologize again, though. He also attacked the GOP for abandoning him during the race.

"Republican leadership was strong that you have to step down. But there was a very strong grass-roots element saying don't you give in to those party bosses. You stay in there and you keep fighting," he told the station. Akin did keep fighting, and McCaskill crushed him 54.7 percent to 39.2 percent.

If he has learned from his campaign embarrassment, it wasn't to forgive and forget those in his party. Karl Rove was one of Akin's most vocal critics after the rape remark became a national catchphrase. Many candidates Rove backed in the 2012 elections lost, and Akin was pleased to point that out.

"Karl Rove has made himself an expert. I think I lost one race. He managed to lose about 12 of them in one night," he said.

Finally, he told Channel 5 that he's enjoying his time out of politics by basically living a campaign commercial. "I had a chance to change oil in cars, fix things around the house, see my grandchildren." He also wouldn't rule out a return to politics. After last time, the writers of political blogs would probably be willing to finance his next campaign just to see what he would say.

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