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Politicians From Wisconsin To New Hampshire Talking About Akin's 'Legitimate Rape' Comment

With a Tuesday deadline for U.S. Rep. Todd Akin to step aside from the U.S. Senate race without getting courts involved, political leaders in Patch communities around the country are speaking out.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, added his voice to the "should he stay or should he go" debate playing out nationally in the wake of Missouri U.S. Senate candidate .

, Walker on Tuesday suggested that what's at stake in November is bigger than Missouri. "I want the debate to be about the future, not about issues like that where I think (Akin) made a horribly ignorant statement. He should get out," Walker said. 

Akin, a U.S. Representative from Wildwood, has apologized for the comment and today released an ad to that effect. Still, national funding sources have indicated they will not assist an Akin campaign moving forward and national party figures have urged him to quit the race.

reported Tuesday that a challenger in a U.S. House race there urged her incumbent opponent to call for Akin to leave.

Missouri candidates have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to step down as a party's nominee in November without getting courts involved.

Julie Brown Patton (Editor) August 21, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Todd Akin now is saying in radio interview he will stay in the race to add message that is being neglected in some circles, even conservative circles.

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