Todd Akin's Rape Comments May Have Repercussions for Mitt Romney

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Do Akin's Rape Comment Create Problems for Romney?

Romney and Republicans have sought to keep the national discussion on unemployment and Obama's economic policies, and social issues could distract from his campaign message.

The president, however, used the Akin controversy today to illustrate what he claimed were differences between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to women's health.

"What I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn't have a bunch of politicians, the majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women," the president said.

"Although these particular comments have led Governor Romney and other Republicans to distance themselves, I think the underlying notion that we should be making decisions on behalf of women for their health care decisions or qualifying forcible rape versus non-forcible rape, I think those are broader issues and that is a significant difference in approach between me and the other party," Obama said.

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