Embattled Congressman Todd Akin is out with a new ad apologizing his “legitimate rape” comment and asking voters for forgiveness.
The new ad, reported by the Washington Post, seems to indicate that Akin still does not plan to withdraw from the race.
“Rape is an evil act. I use the wrong words in the wrong way, and for that I apologize,” Akin says in the spot. “As the father of two daughters, I want tough justice for predators. I have a compassionate heart for the victims of sexual assault; I pray for them.
He also corrects the biological mistake he made Sunday, when he said that rape rarely leads to pregnancy.
“The fact is rape can lead to pregnancy,” he says in the spot. “The truth is rape has many victims.”
“The mistake I made was in the words I said, not in the heart I hold,” he concludes. “I ask for your forgiveness.”
Akin would have to drop out of the race by 5 pm Tuesday. If he does not, he can still drop out before September 25, but he will have to get a court order in order to remove his name from the ballot. The Missouri Congressman shows no signs of doing that.