Former Missouri senator Christopher "Kit" Bond, one of the many Republicans who encouraged Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) to end his Senate campaign before this week's drop-out deadline, is now backing the religious conservative lawmaker.

“Todd’s comments were unacceptable but he’s apologized,” Bond said in a statement endorsing Akin over Sen. Claire McCaskill (D).  “I believe his regret is sincere, and it is time to focus on the national stakes in this election.”

Here's what Bond said about Akin last month: "He is going to take down not only Republicans but also anybody who supports right-to-life ... "It's tragically unfortunate."