Republican New Mexico Senate candidate Heather Wilson has called for Missouri Rep. Todd Akin to "step aside" from his role as the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate from Missouri.
"As a woman and a mother, I found Representative Akin's comments this weekend to be sickening and deeply offensive. There is no such thing as 'legitimate rape.' His remarks undermine his ability to command the respect necessary for leadership and he should step aside," Wilson said shortly after 1:30 PM EST Monday.
Wilson's statement follows a similar plea from Massachusetts Republican Senator Scott Brown, who made a statement shortly before 11 AM EST calling Akin’s comments "so far out of bounds that he should resign the nomination for US Senate in Missouri."
Akin claimed in a television interview Sunday that female rape victims cannot physically become pregnant, a comment that has drawn widespread criticism from both sides of the aisle.