President Obama gave his two cents on Paul Ryan’s buddy and right-to-life bill co-sponsor, Rep. Todd Akin’s comments that ‘legitimate rape rarely leads to pregnancy,’ calling the remarks ‘offensive.’
Politico: “The views expressed were offensive. Rape is rape,” Obama said in a surprise appearance at the White House briefing.
“And the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we’re talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people. And certainly doesn’t make sense to me,” Obama said.
“What I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making decisions on behalf of women,” Obama said.
Of course, Paul Ryan has been silent and Todd Akin is digging in, claiming there will be no stronger advocate for women’s rights than he and that he hasn’t yet begun to fight. Yeah, the same strong advocate for civil and voting rights. Just like no means no. Rape is rape. Todd Akin has become too toxic for any party at this juncture. He just handed Sen. Claire McCaskill a gift — reelection.
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