Showing no sign of backing down from his U.S. Senate candidacy, Rep. Todd Akin released a television ad in which he apologizes for his remarks about "legitimate rape" seldom causing pregnancy, and asks for forgiveness.
It was unclear immediately how widely the 30-second spot would air in Missouri, where Akin had been leading in a race against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. But the ad seemed further evidence that Akin does not intend to take advantage of a provision in Missouri law that would allow him to pull his name off the ballot if he acts by 5 p.m. Tuesday. After that, he would need to petition a court to end his candidacy.
Akin's remarks about rape and pregnancy, which he made on a Sunday television talk show in St. Louis, have raised a furor and pressure from the Republican establishment to back out of the race.
The new advertisement opens with a black-and-white photo of Akin and his wife holding hands and then cuts to video of the six-term congressman directly addressing the camera.