Schaefer tells Columbia Republicans that Akin should leave Senate race

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 | 9:56 p.m. CDT; updated 10:36 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 21, 2012

COLUMBIA — State Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, called for U.S. Rep. Todd Akin to withdraw from his U.S. Senate race. Schaefer spoke Tuesday night at the Rock Bridge Hy-Vee Club Room.

"Akin demonstrated that he should not be on the ticket," Schaefer said to a crowd of about 50 Republicans, many of whom nodded in agreement.

Akin said in a televised interview Sunday that pregnancies as a result of rape are "really rare," and that in the case of a "legitimate rape," a woman's body "has ways" to prevent pregnancy.

Schaefer told the crowd that Akin's comments were offensive and demonstrated an inability by the congressman to represent Missouri in the Senate.

Schaefer said he suspects Akin will take into consideration the pressure he's now facing from Republicans nationwide. Schaefer also said he hopes Akin will "do the right thing" and remove himself from the ticket.

"He needs to go," said Mike Leipard, a local Republican.

"I can't think of a way you could mess up more," said Matt McGee, another local Republican. "He should do what's best for the party and step aside."

Supervising editor is Jacob Kirn.

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