Paul Ryan abandons push to get Todd Akin to withdraw from race over rape remark


National Post | News

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Republican vice presidential contender Paul Ryan acknowledges he urged Missouri Congressman Todd Akin to give up on his Senate bid but has no further plans to speak to him about it now that Akin is staying in the race.

Ryan told reporters aboard his campaign plane Wednesday that he’s proud of his anti-abortion record in the House and has no regrets about sponsoring legislation, with Akin, to permanently prohibit taxpayer funding for abortion except in cases of incest or, quote, “forcible” rape.

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Heading into next week’s GOP convention, Republicans are finding themselves confronting controversies over Medicare and abortion — far from the issues they’ve been trying to highlight for months: jobs and the slack economy.

But Republican challenger Mitt Romney and ticket mate Ryan have been unable to hold the focus where…

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