Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee split from the GOP establishment on Thursday and defended Todd Akin, the Missouri Senate candidate who is taking heat for his comments about "legitimate rape." Huckabee wrote an email to his supporters, in which he accused Republicans of a "carefully orchestrated and systematic attack" on Akin. Huckabee, who has a prime speaking spot on Monday at the Republican National Convention, is the first major GOPer to so explicitly come to Akin's defense. House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, and National Republican Senatorial Committee boss John Cornyn have all suggested that the Missourian reconsider his candidacy. Akin refuses to drop out.
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