Ann Wagner Calls Akin's Statements About Rape 'Indefensible'
Wagner responds to Senate candidate Todd Akin's controversial statements regarding rape and pregnancy earlier this week.
In the days after U.S. Rep. Todd Akin's comments about "legitimate rape" and its effects on pregnancy caused controversy nationwide, politicians on both sides of the aisle have called for Akin to remove himself from the race for a Senate seat.
From Missouri Republican leaders to presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, several discussions regarding Akin's withdrawal continue past the bow-out deadline earlier this week.
But one notable Republican had remained silent on the issue. Patch reported in an earlier article about the lack of response from Ballwin's Ann Wagner, the balloted Republican for the 2nd congressional district in Missouri -- Akin's current working position.
Wagner's campaign released a statement Thursday, after some reports that Wagner may take Akin's place in the race in the event of his stepping down:
“As a staunch defender of the unborn I believe life begins at conception. Todd Akin's comments about rape were wrong and indefensible. Todd has apologized and understands he was wrong in what he said.
It is now up to Missouri voters to decide whether they accept his apology. Our country is at a crossroads and we are facing serious issues brought on by the overreach of government in our lives, out-of-control spending and debt, and an environment that does not promote job creation and economic prosperity. I have been running for Congress in Missouri's 2nd District for 16 months and will continue to work hard to earn the trust and confidence of every voter.”