Scott Brown presses Republicans to be ‘more inclusive’ on abortion

August 21, 2012

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) urges his party to be "more inclusive" on abortion, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) won't end his Senate campaign, and Vice President Biden will be in Tampa next week when Republicans are holding their convention. 

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Despite continued pressure from within the GOP to drop out of the Missouri Senate race, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) said on Mike Huckabee's radio show that he plans to continue his campaign and that the backlash against him seems like a "little bit of an overreaction.” Mitt Romney issued a statement saying he thinks Akin should end his campaign.

* Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) penned a letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preiebus urging more inclusiveness on the issue of abortion in the party's 2012 platform. "Media reports indicate that the Platform Committee will consider draft language opposing a woman's right to choose and supporting a constitutional amendment banning abortion.  I believe this is a mistake because it fails to recognize the views of pro-choice Republicans like myself," Brown wrote.

* President Obama made his 10th visit to to Ohio, where he made a push for support from  college students. "Putting a college education within reach of working families doesn't seem to be a priority for my opponent," Obama said.

* Former Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine is up with his first TV ad in the Virginia Senate race. In the 30-second spot, Kaine touts his record as governor, saying he "worked with both parties to cut Virginia’s budget by five billion dollars.”

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS:

* Republican politicians won't be the only ones in Tampa during next week's convention. Vice President Biden will campaign in the Tampa area on Aug. 27 and 28.

* At a fundraiser in Houston, Romney took a jab at the Obama campaign's fundraising burn rate, saying, “You perhaps noticed in the paper, we’re a little wiser in our spending of dollars than the other side, apparently. I’m not managing their campaign for them, but we’re going to spend our money wisely. We’re going to spend it to win.”

* Despite previously saying it would disclose Democratic National Convention donors on an "ongoing basis," party officials say they will not release the names of the donors before next month's convention.

* On the same day two Republicans are squaring off in a runoff election for the right to face him in November, vulnerable Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) has released his first TV ad, in which he points out both instances in which he has disagreed with Obama (cap and trade, trade deals) and an issue on which he agrees with the president (small business tax credits). Barrow, the last white House Democrat in the Deep South, faces a tough reelection bid following redistricting.

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