Former Rep. Akin says 'of course' he regrets comments on rape


During the campaign, Akin said the human body has ways of terminating pregnancies that are the result of "legitimate rape."  Asked by St. Louis's KSDK if he would take those words back now, Akin said "Oh, of course I would!"

"I've relived them too many times," Akin said. "But that is not reality.

Akin's comments shifted the focus of the campaign and allowed McCaskill to win reelection.

"You think what would it have been like if I hadn't done that," Akin said.

After the comments, Akin said, there was a lot of pressure from the GOP leadership for him to leave the race.

"Republican leadership was strong that you have to step down," Akin said. "But there was a very strong grass roots element saying, 'Don't you give in to those party bosses. You stay in there and you keep fighting.'"

The former Missouri congressman said did not rule out the possibility of running for office again. He is also considering academia and public speaking.

"It's one of those things that depends on the circumstances really.  I don't rule anything out," Akin said. " I consider it a bright, new future, and I'm interested to see what the possibilities are."