It was reported yesterday that Republican Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) expressed some eye raising views during an interview on rape and abortion.
During a TV interview, Akin said, “First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”
Democrats have asserted that Republicans have been waging a “war on women” all year. The height of those accusations was felt in March after talk radio host Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown Lws School Sandra Fluke a slut. Protests and boycotts followed. Limbaugh later apologized.
Now, Democrats are connecting their fundraising efforts and communications at Akin and specifically trying to link Akin to Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz connected Akin’s words to a bigger picture that includes Romney and Ryan. In an e-mail, she stated that, “backward statements from Republicans on issues affecting women’s health” and pointed to the anti-abortion bills that Akin and Paul Ryan have worked on together.”
“It’s deeply concerning that Republicans continue to support legislation that is, quite literally, dangerous for women. Mitt Romney famously says he would “get rid of” federal funding for Planned Parenthood if he had the chance. His running mate, Paul Ryan, was one of more than 200 Republican cosponsors of a piece of legislation that would have narrowed the definition of rape,” the DNC Chairwoman’s e-mail concluded.
Romney has been quick to get out in front. “Congressman’s Akin comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable and, frankly, wrong,” Romney told The National Review’s Robert Costa. “Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive.”
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) sent out a fundraising e-mail on Monday saying that Akin’s case, “Isn’t just an isolated statement. Akin was a co-sponsor of the “Let Women Die” bill that would redefine rape to so-called “forcible rape” to deny women access to health care. And now, Akin wants to head to the Senate to push his extreme anti-woman agenda.”
LAUREN VICTORIA BURKE, Politic365 Managing Editor, publishes the blog Crewof42 on the Congressional Black Caucus. She can be heard every Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET on WMCS 1290 in Milwaukee on Earl Ingram’s show The Earl Ingram Show as well as on WPFW 89.3 every Friday at 6:30 p.m. Ms. Burke is a former employee of USAToday.com and ABC News. You can e-mail her at LBurke007@gmail.com follow her on twitter @Crewof42.