ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Congressman Todd Akin during a press conference on Tuesday reassured voters he is staying in the Missouri Senate race to try and unseat Claire McCaskill.
Akin, speaking at the Renaissance Marriott in downtown St. Louis, said his purpose is ‘replacing Claire McCaskill.”
Akin stood before a large group of Christian ministers who are also holding a convention at the hotel. He talked again about the campaign, McCaskill, his record as a conservative and addressed the quitting question with just a short sentence.
“Over the period of the last number of weeks a number of people have asked me, ‘are you quitting or dropping out?’” he said. “There’s other people who want to replace you with someone else. I don’t believe that is my decision. The decision was made by the voters of the state of Missouri.”
The comments came about two and a half hours before a deadline passed for him to drop out of the race.
Akin did not take any questions from reporters afterwards, but instead ducked out and got in a RV with his wife to start a campaign tour that has him in southern Missouri.
Akin had faced severe criticism and mounting Republican pressure to leave the race after saying a woman’s body can reject a pregnancy if she is the victim of a “legitimate rape.” The comments were during a television interview last month.
Meanwhile, dozens of anti-Akin demonstrators gathered outside the hotel on Washington Avenue to protest the congressman’s campaign. Many carried signs referring to his controversial comments.