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Election 2012 / ANALYSIS

Abortion, Akin Off Limits in Romney Interview

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

August 23, 2012

The news from a Denver CBS reporter's interview with Mitt Romney wasn't what he said, but rather what the reporter was prohibited from asking. Romney, apparently, is in no mood to talk about Todd Akin or abortion, after a week in which the former made the latter a dangerous issue.

Akin, you'll recall, is the Republican House member and candidate for Senate from Missouri who on Sunday said that an exemption for rape victims in an abortion ban wasn't necessary because "if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Romney and other Republicans pleaded with Akin to drop out of the race and just get out of the national news cycle, but he refused. Now both Akin and abortion are apparently verboten topics in Romney's on-the-road interviews. And no wonder: Left-leaning media love his screwy quote. Politico's Dylan Byers notes that Akin's name has been mentioned 325 times on lefty MSNBC and just 78 times on right-leaning Fox News.

 



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