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DCCC Campaign Links Congressmen to Akin

August 27, 2012
As the Republican National Convention starts this week, Republicans are doing hoping to shift the nation's focus onto Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, Democrats are doing what they can to rehash the controversial remarks about rape made by Rep. Todd Akin, who is running for a Senate seat from Missouri.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching a new automated phone campaign today, taking aim at 20 Republicans by linking them to Akin. The phone messages state that these congressmen "share some of [Akin's] radical, right-wing beliefs- that the government should take away a woman's access to making informed decisions about her own pregnancy."

The calls, which will be made in states such as California, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania, come the same week as the RNC and a week after the GOP adopted a party platform that includes passing a constitutional amendment protecting human life, and that unborn children have a right to life. The platform doesn't address exceptions for cases of rape or incest.

Akin is still running for his seat, despite calls from his party leaders to step down.
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