GOP comes out swinging as Akin prepares to release book

ST. LOUIS - Former Missouri Congressman Todd Akin is firing back in a new tell all book taking on what he calls media bullies, backroom bosses, and liberals in both parties. The book isn't due to be released until next week but publishers sent Leisa Zigman and advanced copy.

The book called Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect our Faith and Freedom, holds no punches. Akin writes that he still could have won the election if Republican leadership didn't throw him under the bus. He also writes about his regrets about making the apology commercial for his comments about rape, abortion, and pregnancy.

You'll recall, during the Senate campaign in 2012 Akin said during a television interview, "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." That comment sent his campaign into damage control and crisis media overdrive.

Consultants encouraged him to apologize in a television commercial to the American public. Akin writes in his book, "By asking the public at large for forgiveness I was validating the willful misinterpretation of what I had said."

In the book, Akin explains in greater detail how he feels his comments were taken out of context.

"My comment about a woman's body shutting the pregnancy down was directed to the impact of stress on fertilization. This is something fertility doctors debate and discuss," Akin writes. "Doubt me? Google 'stress and infertility,' and you will find a library of research on the subject."

Months after losing the election, he told Zigman in an exclusive interview how he regretted his choice of words.

Zigman: "Do you believe there is such a thing as legitimate rape?

Akin: "No, no and I apologized for it.

Zigman: "Do you regret it?

Akin: "Of course you regret it and I think what it would have been like if I hadn't done that."

But in the book Akin writes "Taking my comments in order: When a woman claims to have been raped, the police determine if the evidence supports the legal definition of 'rape.' Is it a legitimate claim of rape or an excuse to avoid an unwanted pregnancy?"

Akin also has harsh words for Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt.

Akin writes Romney should have defended him and even scripted in the book the words he says Romney should have used; "You want me to denounce a decent, God-fearing man for his inelegant comments about rape? No, not happening, and if the truth hurts, put some ice on it."

A spokesperson for Sen. Blunt told KSDK "He (Sen. Blunt) thinks Congressman Akin is a good man and well-intentioned, but based on what he has heard about the book, Sen. Blunt has decided not to read it."

Several GOP operatives didn't waste any time responding to attacks in the book. Brian Walsh who served as communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2012 cycle told Politico, "Todd Akin is an embarrassment to the Republican Party and the sole reason Claire McCaskill is still part of Harry Reid's majority."

Sarah Feldman, a spokesperson for Senator Claire McCaskill (D) Missouri said, "Claire actually did read it, and she was struck to find the Congressman doubling-down on so many of the extreme positions that put him—and other Missouri Republicans in Jefferson City—so far out of the mainstream."

Zigman spoke to Akin by phone Thursday morning but he told her his publishers wouldn't not allow him to comment about his book until its official release July 15.


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