Republican calls for Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) to drop out of the Missouri Senate race grew Tuesday, with several senators issuing calls for his exit. Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteGOP senator: Lynch should formally hand over Clinton probe The Trail 2016: Meet and greet and grief Clean energy group backs two GOP incumbents MORE (R-N.H.), a campaign surrogate for Mitt Romney, was the latest to publicly ask him to “step aside.”
Ayotte tweeted that Akin’s “comments are totally offensive” and said she agrees with National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRCC) Chairman John CornynJohn CornynThe Hill's 12:30 Report House to vote on NRA-backed gun measure Attorney general says she will defer to FBI on Clinton emails MORE’s (R-Texas) recommendation that Akin rethink his bid for the Missouri Senate seat. Cornyn has reportedly suggested that the NRSC might not help fund Akin if he remains in the race.
Akin's comments are totally offensive. I agree with— Kelly Ayotte (@KellyAyotte) August 21, 2012
@johncornyn for cutting off $. Akin should step aside now.
Akin has so far resisted calls to step down. But Ayotte was not the only Republican senator calling for him to drop out of the race on Tuesday. Sens. Richard BurrRichard BurrGingrich, Christie top Trump’s VP list: report Homeland Security Committee pushes encryption commission in new report Clinton endorses Warner-McCaul encryption commission MORE (S.C.), Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiSenators seek state revenue sharing for offshore drilling Senate panel approves 0M for international climate fund GOP senator praises Supreme Court's abortion ruling MORE (Alaska) and Orrin HatchOrrin HatchTreasury officials to meet with lawmakers on inversion rules A bipartisan bright spot we can’t afford to pass up: child welfare reform Medicare trust fund running out of money fast MORE (Utah) also tweeted, and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) posted on her Facebook page.
"I urge the congressman to reconsider whether his continued candidacy for the U.S. Senate is in the best interest of his constituents," Hutchison wrote.
Congressman Akin's comments were offensive, outrageous, & wrong. I urge him to do the right thing & withdraw from MO Senate race now— Richard Burr (@SenatorBurr) August 21, 2012
I join many Alaskans in finding Rep. Todd Akin’s comments incredibly offensive and I strongly encourage him to step aside.— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) August 21, 2012
Akin caused a firestorm Sunday when he told a local Missouri TV station that "legitimate rape" rarely causes pregnancy for victims because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
Democrats have sought to tie Akin’s comment to the Republican presidential ticket.
"Although these particular comments have led Gov. Romney and other Republicans to distance themselves, I think the underlying notion that we should be making decisions on behalf of women for their healthcare decisions — or qualifying forcible rape versus non-forcible rape — I think those are broader issues, and that is a significant difference in approach between me and the other party," President Obama said Monday.
—Updated at 4:46 p.m.