The firestorm over Rep. Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" comments continues. The newly minted GOP challenger to Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) told a local TV station that pregnancies resulting from rape are "really rare," and that "if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Akin (pictured) has since apologized, but even his fellow Republicans continue to attack him. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) tweeted that "Todd Akin's statements are reprehensible and inexcusable. He should step aside for the good of the nation." Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), locked in a heated Senate race with Democrat Elizabeth Warren, also called on Akin to step aside. For his part, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney called Akin's comments "insulting" and "inexcusable."
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