Embattled congressman Todd Akin won’t be withdrawing from Missouri’s Senate race despite calls from leaders within his party for him to step aside and make room for another candidate after his comments about “legitimate rape” and abortion caused a massive controversy. Mr. Akin made his intention to stick with his Senate bid clear on a pair of radio interviews this afternoon where he admitted that he “misspoke one word,” but also accused his detractors of having “an overreaction.”
Mitt Romney addressed the “Crategate” scandal in an interview with radio host Bill Cunningham this afternoon. Mr. Romney blamed the furor over the incident where he strapped his dog in a kennel on the roof of his car on partisan members of the press and Democratic political operatives.
“I think this campaign is going to ultimately become about jobs not dogs,” Mr. Romney said with a laugh. “Some members of the media, and certainly the DNC and the White House itself, are going to do everything in their power to divert the attention of the voter from the failure of the president to turn around the economy. He came into the office with the economy in a serious slide, it was his priority and it’s not one that he had focused on and solved. … So, they want to talk about dogs and I want to talk about jobs.”
During an interview with the editorial board of the Des Moines Register today, Texas Governor Rick Perry was unable to recall the name of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and incorrectly stated the number of judges in the nation’s highest court. Governor Perry’s pair of Supreme slipups came as he gave his opinions on the separation of church and state.
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, failed presidential candidate Herman Cain may be reborn as a member of the media. In his first interview since (permanently) suspending his candidacy, Mr. Cain hinted at his next move by telling Fox News host Sean Hannity, “obviously the doors to radio or TV, those doors are open.”
Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren says she “created much of the intellectual foundation” for Occupy Wall Street in a new interview with The Daily Beast. In the interview, Ms. Warren, whose many conservative critics say she advocates “class warfare,” also describes how she used to be a Republican.