Rep. Todd Akin Remains in Race Despite GOP Outcry

Jake Tapper discusses how Akin's comments are worrying the Republican Party.
3:00 | 08/21/12

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Transcript for Rep. Todd Akin Remains in Race Despite GOP Outcry
Let's get more on this, now, with our senior white house correspondent, jake tapper. Jake, you're outside the andrews air force base. We saw the president pounce in the white house briefing room. How will democrats try to capitalize on this today? Reporter: They're going to talk about it. And they're going to try to link congressman akin to paul ryan and mitt romney. There was legislation dealing with abortion, not with legitimate rape, as congressman akin called it, but forcible rape. And paul ryan was one of the co-sponsors of that. They'll try to tie him. There was a pitch for democrats to try to paint republicans extremists. And republicans want him out of the race yesterday. They sure do. This is a race the democrats thought they were in real trouble in before this turn-around. But just to clarify, though, at least now, romney and ryan are saying they would accept abortion in the cases of rape? Reporter: That's right. But the pivot that the democrats and president obama make is about women's health care in general and abortion in general. The republican party plank, the platform, does oppose abortion in all cases, including rape. This is an opportunity for democrats to talk about a subject that republicans don't want to be talking about. Generally speaking, george, as a rule of politics, if you're on the defensive and the subject is rape, you want to be talking about something else. I think it's fair to say. And what we have now is republicans forced to talk about this. They want to talk about the economy or even medicare. Jake, thanks very much. Now, to those wildfires threatening thousands of homes

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