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Romney urges rape row congressman Akin to stand down

21 August 2012 Last updated at 22:56 BST

Senior figures in the US Republican party, including Mitt Romney, are urging Missouri congressman Todd Akin to withdraw his candidacy for the Senate.

He is refusing to stand aside, saying people have over-reacted to comments he made on abortion and rape in a television programme on Sunday.

Steve Kingstone reports from Washington.