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Campaign 2012 / Obama vs. Romney / Akin and Abortion Issue / A Discussion #1029143

CNN Evening News for Monday, Aug 20, 2012
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The firestorm in the presidential election campaign over a statement from Missouri Republican Senate candidate Representative Todd Akin about rape and abortion introduced; details given about the reaction from within the Republican Party, including a spokeswoman for Mitt Romney. [AKIN - talks about a "legitimate rape."] [In New Hampshire, ROMNEY - says Akin's comments about rape were offensive.] [President OBAMA - calls the views offensive: rape is rape.] Akin's follow-up statement about abortion and rape quoted. [Today, on radio, AKIN - says rape is never legitimate.] Past statements from politicians about rape and pregnancy quoted.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with former Bachmann campaign spokeswoman Alice Stewart and EMILY's List president Stephanie Shriock about the political fallout from Akin; details given about a Republican bill that would limit funding for abortions out of forcible rape. [SHRIOCK, STEWART - offer views on the political impact of what Akin said about women and the positions of Romney and Representative Paul Ryan on women's issues.]

(Washington: Tom Foreman) Ryan and women's rights examined; anti-Ryan political ad shown; details given about Ryan's positions on the unborn and forcible abortion legislation and how the party is "selling" Ryan. [RYAN - calls Washington the "silly place."]

Cooper, Anderson;
Foreman, Tom

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