Rep. Paul Ryan pushed back against comparisons to Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) in an early morning interview with Pittsburgh CBS-affiliate KDKA, calling the congressman’s comments “outrageous.”
The VP nominee also seemed to back away from anti-abortion legislation he once co-sponsored that singled out “forcible rape,” saying, “Rape is rape, period. End of story. … There’s no splitting hairs over rape.”
President Obama used the same phrase, “rape is rape,” during a surprise Monday news conference.
As for whether rape victims should be allowed to have abortions, Ryan said only that he was “proud of my pro-life record … but Mitt Romney is the top of the ticket.”
Romney supports rape exceptions to anti-abortion laws; Ryan does not.
Correction: “Native Philly kid” Jason writes in that I mistakenly placed KDKA in Philadelphia. The station is in Pittsburgh.