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Joe Walsh: 'I'm Bothered' By GOP's Reaction To Todd Akin

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2011 file photo, Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh speaks at a town hall meeting in Wauconda, Ill. On Wed
FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2011 file photo, Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh speaks at a town hall meeting in Wauconda, Ill. On Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, Walsh, a tea-party backed politician who has acquired a reputation for contentious rhetoric during his first term, provoked outrage from religious leaders when he warned at a town hall meeting in Elk Grove Village, Ill., that there are radical Muslims in Chicago's suburbs and around the country "trying to kill Americans every week." He said that another Sept. 11 was an absolute certainty and that political correctness had blinded government to "a real threat" from within that could strike in virtually any community in the country. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Gilbert R. Boucher II, File) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT; TV OUT

Not every elected Republican official is rushing to create as much distance as possible between themselves and Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.).

Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), his colleague in the House of Representatives, told a conference of young Republicans that he found Akin's remarks -- that victims of "legitimate rape" were biologically less likely to get pregnant -- repugnant. But he still felt that GOP leadership's reaction was overblown.

“What he said was offensive, insulting and wrong, but I’m bothered by this rush to pile on," Walsh said. "And I’m bothered by the silence of members of our own party to stand up for him.”

Walsh's statement, first reported by Elmhurst, Ill. Patch, is one of the most high-profile calls from an elected Republican for the party to rally around Akin, rather than discard him.

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), who appeared alongside Walsh on the panel, chose his words a bit more cautiously.

"There’s nobody who is saying Todd Akin is unworthy to serve," Roskam said. "There is no one saying he is immoral or incapable. He’s not; he made a poor decision. The question is: Can he win in November?"

"This is an election about a generational change," he added. "If we squander this one opportunity we have, we will all look back and say: 'Oh, if only.'"

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