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Is 'legitimate case of rape' any better than 'legitimate rape'?

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Former Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., continued his book/“remember me?” tour by admitting “legitimate rape” was the wrong term to use -- he should have said “legitimate case of rape.”

Because that's so much better.

Akin made the comment on MSNBC on Thursday morning, telling “Daily Rundown” host Chuck Todd that it was just a “poor choice of words.”

“Legitimate rape is a law enforcement term. And it's abbreviation for legitimate case of rape,” Akin said. “If I had been choosing my words better, I should have said legitimate case of rape. And I have acknowledged that it is a poor choice of words.”

That really doesn't make up for his comments in 2012, which helped him lose his Senate election.

Akin also repeated his complaint that it was Democrats, the media and the GOP establishment that took his comment out of context and ruined his day.

And for good measure, Akin reminded people that former President Bill Clinton is still at large.

Does Akin believe that a woman who has been raped should have the option of abortion?

“Should the child conceived in rape have the same right to life as a child conceived in love?” Akin said.

“I’ll say it again: Should a child conceived in rape have the same right to life as a child conceived in love?” Akin added.

Todd asked the question we’ve all been thinking: “Why do this now and make yourself a new issue in 2014?”

Akin, sadly, dodged, saying he wrote his book to promote “good ideas.”

Yes, the guy who put the term “legitimate rape” into Americans’ minds has ideas about elections.

Then came the scariest moment in the interview. Todd told Akin it sounded like he was “running for office again” and asked “when?”

I think my heart stopped for a moment.

Akin, thankfully, said “no.”

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