Todd Akin, a Republican Senate candidate from Mississippi who is currently a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is making headlines today for comments he made regarding “legitimate” rape and abortion. Those comments forced the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan campaign to distance itself from Akin and a key race this election season, calling Akin’s comments “inexcusable” and “wrong.”
Meanwhile, the Romney campaign is organizing women around the country to support their candidate this November. Watch Women for Romney’s Marlene Malek discuss her organization below:
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Women for Romney organizes women supporters for Mitt Romney’s presidential election campaign. The group has a presence in a number of states; two chairwomen head up efforts in each state. “It’s become quite an organization and they’re raising millions and millions of dollars,” Malek said.
As for Mitt Romney himself, “I think he’ll be a great president,” Malek said. “I feel that he will probably be one of the finest presidents if he makes it, and I’m sure he will.”
In early August, the Romney campaign also announced the formation of Women for Mitt, chaired by Ann Romney, that includes high-profile women such as Condoleezza Rice, Karen Santorum, Callista Gingrich, Mary Pawlenty, Texas First Lady Anita Perry, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, senators, including New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Sens. Olympic Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, as well as women House members and governors.
“I’m proud to be heading up this effort to reach out to women voters,” said Ann Romney. “There is no doubt that women will play a critical role in determining the outcome of this election, and that’s something Mitt understands well. He also knows how to turn around this economy so that it will better serve the interests of women and families across America.”
Connecting with female voters may be more important than ever with controversies such as the Akin one rearing its head. Akin was keeping a low-profile Monday after the firestorm erupted over his Sunday interview with St. Louis television station KTVI, when he was asked if he would support abortions for women who have been raped.
“It seems to me first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin said. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Akin said of a rape victim’s chances of becoming pregnant. He later said he “misspoke.”
Akin, a six-term congressman who is a favorite of the Tea Party, is running for the Senate seat against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill in the November election. His comments also forced the Romney campaign to state its position on abortion.
“Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement. A Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape,” the campaign said in a statement.
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