"Legitimate rape is a law enforcement term. And it's abbreviation for legitimate case of rape," said Akin. The former congressman added, "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."
Akin, as he has done in several media interviews in recent weeks, argued that his words were deliberately distorted.
"This is something that was intentionally misunderstood and twisted for political purposes," he said.
Akin is back in the spotlight promoting his new book, “Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom." Akin writes that he regrets apologizing for his "legitimate rape" comment in a television commercial.