House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbying World 'Ready for Michelle' PACs urge 2020 run News Flash: Trump was never going to lock Clinton up MORE (R-Ohio) said Monday he hasn’t personally asked Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) to bow out of his state’s Senate race.
BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbying World 'Ready for Michelle' PACs urge 2020 run News Flash: Trump was never going to lock Clinton up MORE told reporters on Monday that he made it “clear that [Akin's] comments were wrong, that I strongly disagreed with them and I strongly support what Gov. Romney and others did in calling for him to step aside.”
But Boehner said he has not personally called the lawmaker.
Democrats have sought to use the comments against Republican candidates across the country, and much of the GOP has called on Akin to drop out of his race against Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillA Cabinet position for Petraeus; disciplinary actions for Broadwell after affair Defense bill tackles retaliation against military sex assault victims Red-state Dems face tough votes on Trump picks MORE (D-Mo.).
Akin apologized for his comments but has refused to leave the race.
The Akin controversy erupted the same week Rep. Kevin YoderKevin YoderGeorgia rep running for leadership spot Five things to watch in the battle for the House The Trail 2016: Wikissues MORE (Kan.) apologized for skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee, where the Bible says Jesus walked on water.
"We've got 400-some members and on any given day some of them are out doing things they probably shouldn't do. ... It's just a fact," Boehner joked on Monday.
— Updated at 1:54 p.m.