Rand Paul reticent to weigh in on Akin's future but says Akin's comment was incorrect

08/22/2012 08:19 AM

Unlike his fellow Kentucky Republican senator, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul isn’t calling on Republican Congressman Todd Akin to leave the Missouri Senate race.

But Paul, an ophthalmologist who graduated from Duke Medical School, disputed Akin’s assertion from a talk show Sunday in which Akin said a woman’s body can shut down a pregnancy in the instance of “legitimate rape.”

“There’s not really any medical evidence that pregnancy is less likely to happen with rape,” Paul told Pure Politics.

But Paul said he didn’t believe it was his place to call for Akin to drop out of the race against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill as other Republicans, including U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, have done. Paul alluded to how he knows what it’s like to be in the center of a media maelstrom from his 2010 campaign for U.S. Senate.

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at purepolitics@twcable.com or @mycn2 on Twitter.


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