Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) who won his fight to battle Missouri Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill, for her Senate seat in November, tried to justify his extreme opposition to abortion by claiming that victims of "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant.
On Sunday, in an interview with KTVI-TV Akin was asked if he supported abortion in the case of rape.
"From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare," said Akin said of pregnancy caused by rape. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist."
McCaskill wasted little time in pouncing on Akin's conservative record, calling him "out of touch" the following day.
"We're going to prove to Missourians that Todd Akin is out of touch with their problems, out of touch with the pain that they feel, and out of touch with the views that they hold dear," she said.
She also tweeted this message:
Akin's comments on abortion and rape come less than two weeks after he suggested banning the morning-after pill.