The US Senate candidate who notoriously said raped women could use their bodies to prevent pregnancy has defied his party and refused to end his political campaign in Missouri.
Speaking at a news conference in the state, Todd Akin said, "Apparently there are some people who are having trouble understanding our message. We're going to be here through the November election and we're going to be here to win."
The Republican's comments on "legitimate rape" during an interview last weekend drew outrage that failed to dampen after he claimed he "misspoke" in "off-the-cuff remarks".
Mr Akin has faced widespread calls to quit the Senate race, including from his party's presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Congressman Todd Akin says he will not leave the Missouri Senate race despite pressure from fellow Republicans. Akin, a staunch abortion opponent, vowed to stay in the contest as a deadline passed with no indication he planned to take his name off the ballot.
Mitt Romney is using all his weapons, especially money, to force Todd Akin out. Does Romney now see the advantage in this, showing muscular leadership?
The US Republican senate candidate Todd Akin has told a US Radio station that he is not dropping out of the race, despite the call from presidential candidate Mitt Romney to do so following his controverisal rape comments.
The Republican U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney has intervened in the row over controversial rape comments made by his party's Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, urging him to pull out of his race.
Yesterday he described Mr Akin's remarks "indefensible", but had stopped short of demanding that he pull out of the election.
Under Missouri election law, Todd Akin has until 5pm local time (11pm BST) to get his name off the ballot for the November 6 election easily.
However his real deadline is likely to be September 25, the last day his name can be removed with a court order.
US Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin should quit the race in Missouri, the Associated Press news agency reported.