Paul Ryan: Romney abortion policy ‘a good step in the right direction’

August 22, 2012

Facing a mounting effort by Democrats to tie him to the Todd Akin controversy, Paul Ryan on Wednesday morning told reporters aboard his campaign plane en route to Raleigh, N.C., that he is proud of his record on abortion rights and maintained that Mitt Romney is the one who will set the GOP ticket’s policy.

“Well, you know, look. I’m proud of my record,” Ryan said when asked about differences between himself and Romney regarding abortion in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is endangered, a similar answer to the one he gave in a Pittsburgh TV interview Wednesday morning. “I don’t – I’m proud of my record. Mitt Romney’s going to be the president. The president sets the policy. His policy is exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother. I’m comfortable with it because it’s a good step in the right direction. I’ll leave it at that.”

Romney supports such exceptions, while Ryan opposes them.

Asked about his co-sponsorship of legislation that would seek to tighten restrictions on abortion and which initially used the term “forcible rape,” Ryan told reporters, “That bill passed I think by 251 votes. It was bipartisan. ... I’m proud of my pro-life record.”

Ryan acknowledged to reporters that he had phoned Akin this week to encourage him to drop his bid. He said he had "no plans" to talk to Akin again. "He’s going to run his campaign, we’re going to run ours.”

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