The DNC released a new online video entitled, “The Romney-Ryan-Akin Platform for Women” Thursday.
The video conveys the message that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his vice presidential running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, stand on the same side of women’s health issues as Missouri Senate nominee Todd Akin, who is currently under fire for comments he made about a woman’s body having the ability to shut down during “legitimate rape,” thus preventing pregnancy.
The video opens with a shot of Romney and Ryan with music, and the text “Where does the GOP stand on issues of women’s health?” appears on the bottom of the screen.
Then the video cuts to a clip of Todd Akin’s highly publicized interview during which he was asked about his stance on abortion. The video then jumps to NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who says that the doctor who first espoused the theory that Akin referred to was a Romney supporter in the last election cycle.
Next is CNN’s Erin Burnett, who says the Akin remarks hit “dangerously close to home for Romney,” because Akin and Ryan co-sponsored the “Sanctity of Human Life Act.”
“It’s a so-called personhood amendment—and (Ryan sponsored one) as recently as 2011,” Burnett says. “Now, that bill made no exceptions for rape or incest or anything else.”
The video goes on to show clips of Ryan, saying he is proud of his pro-life stance; a story on the Republican delegates in Florida, who were voting to include strong anti-abortion language in the party platform to be presented at the RNC; and Mitt Romney – speaking on Mike Huckabee’s Fox News show – saying he uwould have supported a constitutional amendment defining life as beginning at conception.
The nealy 90-second ad ends with these words:
“The 2012 GOP on Women’s Health. Brought to you by…Romney. Ryan. Akin.”
Romney and Ryan both denounced Akin for his comments, with Romney saying earlier this week that the comments were “offensive and wrong.
“He should very seriously consider what course would be in the best interest of our country. Today, his fellow Missourians urged him to step aside, and I think he should accept their counsel and exit the Senate race,” he said.