What should Todd Akin do?
(CNN) – Republican Rep. Todd Akin isn’t budging. Despite calls from his party establishment to drop out — including a personal phone call from vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan — Akin said Wednesday he is staying in the Senate race.
“The people of Missouri chose me to be their candidate. And I don’t believe it’s right for party bosses to decide to override those voters,” Akin said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Ryan “did give me a call, and he felt that I had to make a decision, but he advised me that it would be good for me to step down,” Akin said on NBC’s “Today Show.”
Akin said he told Ryan “that I was going to be looking at this very seriously, trying to weigh all the different points on this,” adding, “it’s not about me — it’s about standing on principle.”