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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Paul Ryan Doesn't Do a Very Good Job of Distancing Himself from Todd Akin

Posted by on Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM

In an effort to stop government funding of abortions, Paul Ryan cosponsored a bill with Todd Akin that redefined rape into "forcible" and, presumably, non-forcible categories. Now, Ryan is getting heat for that bill, and he's saying it's not a problem because he's the vice presidential candidate, and Mitt Romney's stance on outlawing abortion is much more "liberal" than his own stance on outlawing abortion:

Representative Paul D. Ryan sought to distance himself from Todd Akin, his House colleague, on Wednesday by condemning his comments about rape, even while deflecting questions about the meaning of “forcible rape.”

He was pressed on the issue on his campaign plane after he did not directly confront the question in an earlier television interview with the Pittsburgh television station KDKA....“I’m proud of my record,’’ Mr. Ryan said. “Mitt Romney is going to be the president. The president sets policy. His policy is ‘except for rape, incest and the life of the mother.’ I’m comfortable with it because it’s a step in the right direction. I’m going to leave it at that.’’

Think of that. "A step in the right direction." Ryan can't even bring himself to say he disagrees with Akin's views, because he doesn't. The implication of all this is that Paul Ryan believes in banning abortion in the case of rape, incest, and to save the life of the mother. But he says he's willing to tolerate Romney's slightly more liberal anti-abortion views, because Romney is on the top of the ticket. What character! What moral strength! Here's video of Ryan calling abortion a "side issue" that he's sure women won't fall for:

In addition, Ryan says he's not going to call Akin out any longer:

Republican vice presidential contender Paul Ryan acknowledges he urged Missouri Congressman Todd Akin to abandon his Senate bid but has no further plans to speak to him about it now that Akin is staying in the race.

Ryan and Romney can't even control one rogue member of their party. Why should they be trusted to govern?


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Because, Paul, for many in the GOP Akin ISN'T a "rogue member", he's just a poor, innocent victim of the librul left-wing MSM's genocidal attacks. He didn't say ANYTHING most of them don't already BELIEVE, he just didn't say it as elegantly (i.e. couched in double-speak), as most in the GOP would have preferred.
Posted by COMTE on August 22, 2012 at 12:06 PM · Report this
Matt the Engineer 2
Wait, didn't Rmoney introduce Ryan while wearing identical suits, and the media spent a good week talking about how they'd be more co-presidents than pres and vice?
Posted by Matt the Engineer on August 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM · Report this
Does Ryan realize that by being elected Vice President, he could, potentially, become President during the next four years? Has no one told him that? Or does he think we don't know?
Posted by jzimbert on August 22, 2012 at 12:18 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 4
Akin is a problem because he IS mainstream GOP thinking at this point. I honestly think behind closed doors the GOP has no problem with what Akin said but the public nature of saying what the GOP has always though. So naturally the public face of the party has to be trying to drop him but in their heart of hearts, the GOP loves Akin.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on August 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM · Report this
biffp 5
The Vice President votes to break a tie in the Senate, and the Senate may be evenly divided. No member of the media should be allowing Ryan to 'leave it at that.'
Posted by biffp on August 22, 2012 at 12:59 PM · Report this
The Max 6
I personally believe that the GOP position on Choice renders anyone who ascribes to it morally unfit to govern.

But their inability to control a Todd Akin renders these candidates demonstrably unfit to govern.
Posted by The Max on August 22, 2012 at 5:13 PM · Report this

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