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Kansas City, MO (KMBC/CNN) - Representative Todd Akin is standing behind his recent comments about Senator Claire McCaskill.

During an interview with the Kansas City Star this week, Akin said his opponent was more quote "ladylike" in her 2006 election than she is this time around. He said McCaskill's aggressive demeanor at last week's debate indicated she was nervous about remaining in office.

McCaskill is the Democratic incumbent in Missouri's battle for U.S. Senate.

On Friday he defended his stance.

"Well look, we've got a couple words in the English language. One is gentlemen and a lady. In the president we have First Lady, in churches there is a first lady, I think those are pretty self explanatory terms and I was using them just as the English language uses those terms, it seems some people want to take offense at words, it seems to me the offensive thing is a voting record destructive to the people of our state," said Akin.

In August, Akin set off a fire storm when he told a local television station that pregnancy was rare in cases of "legitimate rape," claiming a woman's body has mechanisms to "shut that whole thing down."