House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerArizona GOP winner to join Freedom Caucus We need more congressional oversight on matters of war A warning to Ryan’s successor: The Speakership is no cakewalk 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 Andrew BoehnerArizona GOP winner to join Freedom Caucus We need more congressional oversight on matters of war A warning to Ryan’s successor: The Speakership is no cakewalk 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.

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Akin has been pressured to leave the Senate race since an interview earlier this month in which he said women would not get pregnant from a “legitimate rape.”

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 Conner McCaskillOvernight Cybersecurity: DHS cyber nominee vows to make election security 'top priority' | CIA to allow lawmakers to review classified info on Haspel | Dems raise security concerns about Trump's phone use Election security dominates hearing for Trump Homeland Security nominee Overnight Cybersecurity: Homeland Security official says Russia likely targeted more than 21 states | Senate approves Trump's NSA chief | Lawmakers unveil bipartisan internet privacy bill 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 Wayne YoderGOP House super PAC reserves million in fall TV ads Progressive group targets GOP moderates on immigration GOP cautious, Dems strident in reaction to new indictments 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.