Gingrich Appears to Support Akin

Chris Frates
National Journal

Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich appeared on Sunday to defend Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin, who has been pressured by Republicans to bow out of the race after saying that women don’t get pregnant from “legitimate rape.”

“I think Todd Akin is the choice of the people of Missouri. And Todd Aiken has publicly apologized,” Gingrich said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “People make mistakes.”

Gingrich said he is “fed up with the one-sided bias” that has Akin under fire for his comments but gives a pass to Vice President Joe Biden, who told an audience that included many black supporters that if Republicans win they will put them economically “back in chains.”

“Where’s the outrage over overt, deliberate racism?” Gingrich asked. “How come Biden shouldn't get off the ticket?”

Last week, Gingrich’s former presidential campaign aide, Rick Tyler, joined the Akin campaign.

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