Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus appeared on CNN's "Out Front" on Monday evening and spoke to Erin Burnett about the controversial statements made by Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri Republican, regarding rape. He called for Mr. Akin, who is running for Senate against Democrat Claire McCaskill, to "step aside and let someone else run for that office." Chairman Priebus also said that he "prefer that Todd Akin do the right thing for our party and our candidates" and "not come" to the upcoming RNC Convention in Tampa. source
Akins on abortion/rape:
"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down"
Todd Akin may be persona non grata at the upcoming GOP convention in Tampa, but by a wide majority his abortion position -- banning of all abortions with no rape or incest exceptions-- is indeed warmly welcome.
As a matter of fact, Akin's abortion position mirror the party's ratified platform:
As Republican officials continue their attempts to persuade Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri to end his bid for the Senate over his comments about rape and abortion, GOP leaders adopted a party platform on Tuesday that calls for a constitutional amendment protecting “human life” but does not say whether exceptions should be allowed in cases of rape and incest.
According to a plank adopted by a 112-member Republican committee meeting here, an “unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life that cannot be infringed.” The platform also calls for legislation recognizing the rights of unborn children under the 14th Amendment.
That language would appear to be incompatible with exceptions when pregnancies result from rape or incest. source
And to further illustrate how welcome, familiar and comfortable the GOP is with Akin's positions: GOP Vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan and Akin have actively worked on legislation redefining forcible rape. So, the GOP big wigs have not only promoted the same Akin rape policy, they have even used the same verbiage.
In the world outside of the Taliban/Tea Party, we all know how egregious and offensive Akin's statement about Legitimate rape and forcible rape was: to us, as President Obama stated, rape is rape -- period, end of sentence!
But to the Tea Party faithful -- whom have actively advocated the Akin abortion doctrine --what crime did Todd Akin commit?
The answer: He spoke aloud in front of mix company about what his party believes and what they were planning to do; and, we all know from childhood the consequences of telling family business and secrets in front of strangers -- you get punished and a strong rebuke.
In the pot calling the kettle black: The Tea Party/GOP leadership have accused Todd Akin of living in a insular environment and a parallel universe.