House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Boehner3 ways the next president can succeed on immigration reform Republican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare 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 Boehner3 ways the next president can succeed on immigration reform Republican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare 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 McCaskillFacebook steps up fight against fake news The Trail 2016: Off the sick bed McCaskill: Trump and Dr. Oz a 'marriage made in heaven' 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 YoderLawmakers wrestle with cellphone tracking for missing persons How Congress should proceed on the Kelsey Smith Act Overnight Cybersecurity: FBI won't tell Apple how it hacked iPhone 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.