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Published On: Sat, Sep 1st, 2012

Karl Rove jokes about Todd Akin being murdered, then apologizes

At a Thursday morning fundraiser for his super PAC, former Bush political strategist Karl Rove told an audience of billionaires and influential investors that a chance for Republican control of the Senate is in jeopardy, then made a joke about Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) being “mysteriously murdered.”

Karl Rove caricature by donkeyhotey [email protected]

“We should sink Todd Akin,” he said, according to Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Sheelah Kolhatkar. “If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!”

Akin has been in the thick of controversy after using the phrase “legitimate rape” during a TV interview.

Rove added that there are “five people” interested in challenging Akin, potentially through a write-in campaign. “We don’t care who the nominee is, other than to get Akin out,” he reportedly said.

Akin said in a Facebook posting on his campaign website, “I appreciate the call from Karl Rove, and accept the apology.” Rove called Akin yesterday, Rick Tyler, an Akin campaign adviser, told the Associated Press.

Rove and Republicans including Mitt Romney, the party’s presidential nominee, have called on Akin to leave the race to unseat Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill after his August 19, but Akin is currently leading in the polls.

 

 

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