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Politics: Akin, Rape and Abortion / A Discussion #1029219

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The politics of Representative Todd Akin, who refuses to drop out of the Missouri Senate race after his comments on "legitimate" rape and abortion, re-introduced; his Tweets quoted. [Representative Paul RYAN, Tea Party Express chair Amy KREMER†, American Crossroads president Steve LAW, Mitt ROMNEY - offer views on what Akin should do.] [On "Good Morning America," AKIN - blames party bosses.] Ryan's past positions on abortion and "forcible" rape noted; 1998 "Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel" article quoted. [On KDKA, RYAN - says "rape is rape."]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Earlier discussion held with CNN's Cornell Belcher and Mary Matalin about politics and abortion. [BELCHER - says this issue is damaging the Republican brand.] [MATALIN - compares the positions of Ryan and Akin on abortion and the importance of the women's vote: the election will not be about distractions; states the Republican position on the sanctity of life.]

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