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.

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