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Akin On Rape Comment: "I'm Not A Quitter ... I've Not Yet Begun To Fight"

"I'm not a quitter. My belief is we're going to move this thing forward," U.S. Senate candidate and current Congressman Todd Akin (R-Missouri) said about his rape comments. "To quote my friend John Paul Jones, I’ve not yet begun to fight."

"I really just want to apologize to those that I've hurt, because I've spoken in error,” Akin said.

Akin also tried to qualify and explain the use of "legitimate" with rape. "I was talking about forcible rape, and it was absolutely the wrong word," Akin said. Partial transcript below:

HUCKABEE: " First of all Congressman Akin, thank you for joining me, because I know its a very difficult day for you, but you're getting hammered out there and I wanted to give you an opportunity to explain what did you mean by the comment you made yesterday?"

AKIN: "Well, Mike, I really appreciate your program and everything you stand for, and I really appreciate your giving me a chance to try to make this thing right because I've really made a couple of serious mistakes here that were just wrong, and I need to apologize for those. First I'd like to say that I've always been committed to pro-life and it was because I didn't want to harm the most vulnerable. But likewise I care deeply, you know, for the victims of people who've been raped, and they're equally vulnerable, and a rape is equally tragic. And I made that statement in error. Let me be clear - rape is never legitimate. It's an evil act, that's committed by violent predators. I used the wrong words in the wrong way. What I said was ill conceived and it was wrong. And for that I apologize. I'm a dad of two daughters. I want tough justice for sexual predators. I've always had a compassionate heart for the victims of sexual assault. And I've even known some women who have been raped, I know that it is a terrible, terrible thing and those consequences extend many many years later. I also know that people do become pregnant from rape, i didn't mean to imply that that wasn't the case it does happen. And it's also terrible, particularly the most terrible of all. And I really just want to apologize to those that I've heard because as I've said I've spoken in error. I wanted to get that straight right off the bat.

(audio via @ProducerMatthew on Twitter)

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