Much Ado About Abortion
Republican Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock sparked a firestorm after he discussed abortion in cases of rape in a debate last night and said, “I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” Democrats quickly went on the attack against Mr. Mourdock, focusing on an ad Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney recorded for him that was released online Sunday. Though aides for Mr. Romney issued statements expressing disagreement with Mr. Mourdock’s position on rape and abortion, the campaign is not asking for the ad to be pulled.
Yesterday, Todd Akin, a Republican congressman and Senate candidate in Missouri, sparked a controversy when he suggested women can’t become pregnant from “legitimate rape.” Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz responded with an email to supporters this morning attempting to connect Mr. Akin’s comments to Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
“Akin’s choice of words isn’t the real issue here. The real issue is a Republican party — led by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan — whose policies on women and their health are dangerously wrong,” Ms. Wasserman-Schultz wrote.
Today, political types were focused on polls, same sex marriage and softball. Here’s our roundup of the day’s best Tweets from the campaign trail.
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney rents out her Washington, D.C. home to a trio of her blue state Congressional colleagues–Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep.Terri A. Sewell of Alabama and Rep. Frederica S. Wilson. The Times profiled Congresswoman Maloney’s Democratic dorm in today’s paper. “The camaraderie in the house is very special,” Congresswoman Sewell said.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is standing up for her friend Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Yesterday, Florida Republican Allen West took exception to some comments from Wasserman Schulz on the House floor about how he was forsaking South Florida’s seniors, and he sent an email calling her “vile, unprofessional, and despicable” and “not a Lady,” among other things. (Ironically, West lives in her district.)
This afternoon, Gillibrand sent an email to supporters with the subject line: “nothing is more ladylike than fighting for your values.”
The head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and the Democratic Campaign Committee Chairman, Rep. Steve Israel, have called on Anthony Weiner to resign.
The demands come one day after Weiner confirmed he contacted a 17-year-old girl in Delaware online. The girl’s mother told the New York Post the conversation was brief, and not graphic. The call from Schultz and Israel, along with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, come one day before the Sunday talk shows, where Weiner’s fate is obviously one of the topics that will be discussed.