Some serious backtracking by Missouri Rep. Todd Akin this morning.
The six-term Republican, who is now running for Senate, says he "misspoke" in a tv interview in which he was asked whether he'd support abortion in the case of rape.
"It seems to be, first of all from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare," Akin says in a KTVI/KPLR interview. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume that maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist, and not attacking the child."
Paul Steinhauser on how comments on rape from Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) could shape national election races.