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Todd Akin retreats from 'legitimate rape' apology

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Todd AkinThe former congressman, who lost the 2012 Senate race in Missouri, has written a book that Politico previewed on Thursday.

“By asking the public at large for forgiveness,” Akin writes in the book, “I was validating the willful misinterpretation of what I had said.”

Akin, a conservative Republican locked in a tight race with Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, said in a TV interview in summer 2012 that he believes pregnancy can be prevented by a woman involved in “legitimate rape” because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

The firestorm was intense, with criticism coming from top Republicans as well as Democrats. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney called Akin’s comments “offensive and wrong” and called on him to quit the Senate race. Akin apologized, saying he made a “very, very serious error” and noted he wasn’t the first politician to suffer from “foot in mouth disease.”

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