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Kirk Cameron Defends Todd Akin After 'Legitimate Rape' Remark

Republican leaders, including Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, have distanced themselves from GOP Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin after controversial remarks that women were unlikely to get pregnant from rape because "if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down."

But Kirk Cameron, who is an active evangelical Christian evangelist but is best known for his role as Mike Seaver on 'Growing Pains', is coming to Akin's defense.

Implying that Akin's message should be taken in the context of his larger political and ideological views, Cameron tells 'Today': "I do know, as I've actually sat down to watch the video, I've learned to go watch it and not just read some of the transcripts. I'm not his political strategist, thank God. Clearly, this is a man who is advocating the sanctity of life through and through."

"And he said he misspoke and he apologized for it. I like to evaluate people based on their entire life, their entire career, all they stand for. He clearly is a pro-life advocate, and for that I respect him."

"He loves his wife, he's got six children, I believe he's a good man, and he's now in a very, very difficult spot."

Romney declared Akin's remarks "insulting, inexcusable and, frankly, wrong." Akin, 41, has since said he "misspoke," and said his statement was "ill-conceived."

Although there have been calls for him to exit the race against Senator Claire McCaskill, Akin has said that he will carry on.

August 22, 2012 |

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