NewsNation | August 21, 2012
>>> 2 1/2 hours before the deadline that congressman todd akin has, he's refusing to drop out of the race for the senate in missouri. he's more of what akin had to say a short time ago to mike huckabee on his radio show .
>> just right off the bat, to start things out, mike, i want to make things absolutely clear, that is we're going to continue with this race for the u.s. senate . we have given it a lot of thought and the first thing we felt we had to do was, we had offended some people and we tried to respond to that and let people know that we didn't mean anybody or to take in any way rape, anything less than very, very seriously. but following that, i've had a chance now to have run through a primary and the party people said when you win the primary, we'll be with you. they were with us, but then i said one word and one sentence, one day, and everything changed. so, now we're kind of back to where we were in the primary. i've been so encouraged by good friends who are closer than brothers and realized there's a lot of other bravehearts, don't fit into the political parties exactly, and i believe the defense of the unborn and a deep respect for life which underlie all of america, those are important parts of who we are and they're not things to run away from.