Kirk Cameron Gets Todd Akin's Back On 'Legitimate Rape' Comments
When the Republican candidate pegged to overtake President Obama in the Oval Office has basically told you to stuff it, Mike Seaver getting your back won't turn the tide very far.
Evangelical actor Kirk Cameron leapt Monday to Rep. Todd Akin's defense after the U.S. Senate candidate from Missouri made reference to "legitimate rape" and self-terminated pregnancies that set human thought back decades. The six-term U.S. House of Representatives member told a St. Louis television station of pregnancies resulting from rape, "It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume that maybe that didn't work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child."
How bad could the backlash have been? Well, when Rush Limbaugh declares that you've too severely screwed the pooch to stand a chance of unseating incumbent Claire McCaskill and presidential candidate Mitt Romney calls your tripe "insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong," you've hit rock-bottom and begun to dig.
Nevertheless, Cameron's planted his own foot in his mouth and remembered the taste. It was about five months ago that the 41-year-old publicly deemed homosexuality "detrimental and destructive," to the outrage of his own peers. In the wake of Akin's comments, he appeared on CNN Tuesday and claimed Akin's remarks deserve a proper perspective among the Congressman's collective beliefs.
"[Akin] clearly is a pro-life advocate, and for that I respect him," Cameron said, reminding also that the 65-year-old "said that he misspoke and that he misphrased something and that he apologized.
"I'm the kind of person that would like to be evaluated by my entire career and my entire life, not two words that I would misspeak and later apologize for. He's in a tough spot," Cameron added.
In addition to apologizing and despite his Republican colleagues' collective urgings, Akin has said he won't drop out and will continue his campaign. Watch the video below and weigh in: is this race over already?