Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) is fundraising off of his stance opposing abortion rights in an attempt to turn controversial statements he made about pregnancies in the case of rape into an asset, but his efforts are off to a wobbly start.
The lawmaker launched a website, www.akin.org/still-standing, on Tuesday, amid growing calls to step down from the race due to comments he made that pregnancy is rare in cases of "legitimate rape" because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." By the first deadline for him to drop out, on Tuesday night, Akin was still in the race, despite a call from GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to resign.
Akin seems to be continuing his candidacy as planned, with the evident addition of a fundraising push based on his position opposing abortion rights. The site allows supporters to sign a petition and contribute to Akin's campaign to "Tell McCaskill That You're Standing With Todd Akin!"
It includes multiple apologies from Akin, echoing the penitent tone he's adopted since his comments emerged.
"The people from Missouri who elected me know I’m not perfect. They don’t make perfect people. We all make mistakes. When you make a mistake you tell people you’re sorry, you don’t try and hide it. I made a mistake and I’m sorry," the page reads.
But it initially included multiple typos — first, the site read, "Tell McCaskill That Your Standing With Todd Akin," using the possessive rather than the contraction meaning "you are." The correction, though, was no better, as the site then read, "Tell McCaskill That Your're Standing With Todd Akin."
The site also included a photo of a fetus in the background, which was later removed.
According to a counter on the page, the petition had logged 1,066 signatures as of 6:50 p.m. Tuesday.