WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is calling on Republican Todd Akin to abandon his Senate bid in Missouri following the congressman s comments about rape.
Romney on Tuesday pointed to a statement from a group of current and former Missouri legislators who urged Akin to drop his bid against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Romney says, quote, I think he should accept their counsel and exit the Senate race.
Akin said that a woman s body has ways to prevent pregnancy in cases of what he called legitimate rape.
Romney had previously denounced Akin s comments, but he had not yet urged the Missouri congressman to drop out.
Akin has vowed to stay in the race and has described the calls to leave an overreaction.