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.