President Obama Tries to 'Akin-nize' Romney-Ryan

Jake Tapper discusses the White House's effort to tie Rep. Todd Akin to GOP leaders.
3:00 | 08/23/12

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abortion and race. President obama and his team doing everything they can to make it stick. Abc's jake tapper is at the white house with more on that. Good morning, jake. Reporter: Good morning. I'm not sure who would be less welcome to the republican convention in tampa. Akin or hurricane isaac. President obama mentioning congressman akin. Democrats are trying to turn him into mitt romney's second running mate. In the sunshine state, the first lady's comments seemed to take on new meaning. This election, ladies, is a choice about supporting women and families in this country. Make sure that you tell people that your president believes that women should be able to make our own choices about our health care. Reporter: Mitt romney and paul ryan have condemned todd akin's comments and called for him to dro out of the missouri senate race. But it's brought on a new focus on social issues on the campaign trial. Democrats trying to link paul ryan to akin, because they oppo oppose abortions. Rape is rape. End of story. That forcible rape language meant nothing to you at the time? Rape is rape. And there's no splitting hairs over rape. Reporter: This is all part of why president obama, who dodged the white house press corps for two months, suddenly showed up in the briefing room this week. Let me first say, the views expressed were offensive. Reporter: After a week of getting hammered on social issues, a new government report projecting the fourth-straight year of a $1 trillion deficit is giving mitt romney the chance to pivot back to the president's record on the economy. He said he'd cut the deficit in half. He doubled it. 23 million americans out of work or stopped looking for work. It's inexcusable. Reporter: That's romney's plan not to take the bait on the social issues. To focus on the economy. Today in new mexico, mitt romney will set a goal of north american energy independence by 2020, talking about energy jobs in the u.S. For their part, the obama campaign has launched an ad with expresident clinton, extolling the virtues of the democrat plan.

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