Bellwether

Virginia Senate candidate George Allen, who must worry about the gender gap with women in his tight race with Tim Kaine, pro-actively puts out this statement on Akin:

While Congressman Akin may have addressed his statement, like many men and women I strongly disapprove of his original comments — and the sentiments behind them. Having served on a Rape Crisis Board many years ago, I saw how both physically and emotionally harmful rape is for its victims, and this is why I believe there should be an exception for rape. As Governor I took those experiences from my time on the Board as well as other experiences and made establishing truth in sentencing and abolition of lenient, dangerous parole a top priority to crack down on rapists and other violent offenders. Regardless of party, we all have a responsibility to unite against any leniency on crimes against women and turn our focus to the solutions that make America stronger and safer.

This suggests that most every Republican is going to have to weigh in here.

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Related Topics: George Allen, GOP, Mitt Romney, Todd Akin, 2012 Elections, News, Republican Party, The Page

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