Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are having trouble distancing themselves from the most conservative platform in GOP party history, which includes a Human Life Amendment that bans abortions in all cases.
- Romney says he supports an exception for rape and incest, but here’s a clip of him saying he’d be “delighted” to sign such a law.
- And here’s Paul Ryan struggling to explain why he cosponsored a bill with Todd Akin about “forcible rape.” As Greg Sargent noted yesterday, Ryan’s extreme anti-abortion record has left him in a bit of a bind.
- Mitt Romney is trying to dodge all questions related to Todd Akin’s offensive comments. On Thursday the Denver CBS affiliate reported that, as a condition for a one-on-one interview with Mitt Romney, they had to pledge to not ask Romney about either Todd Akin’s recent comments or the topic of abortion.
Reporter: “And political specialist Shaun Boyd just finished an interview with Romney, just literally a couple of minutes ago. Shaun’s with me now. And Shaun, you were one of only four local reporters to get to talk to him. And, what did you ask him?”
Reporter Shaun Boyd: “You know, I had about five minutes with him, and we got through a fair amount of material, actually, in that five minutes. The one stipulation to the interview was that I not ask him about abortion or Todd Akin – he’s the Missouri Republican who created a firestorm after saying women’s shut down in a legitimate rape to prevent pregnancy. I did ask him about health care, the female vote, and energy.”
- The DNC is out with a new web video: “The Romney-Ryan-Akin Platform for Women”
Thursday morning Obama for America released a new ad featuring former President Bill Clinton discussing the clear choice Americans face in this election. While Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to take us back to the failed top-down economic policies of the past, President Obama is making the investments we need to rebuild America from the ground up.