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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Polls Show Presidential Race Still Close

Polls out Wednesday show President Obama holding onto a slight lead despite the addition of Paul Ryan to the GOP ticket, but there is an interesting twist in the numbers — a lot of people who support Governor Mitt Romney think that President Obama is going to win.

Those numbers come as the GOP plans for a possible hurricane or tropical storm in Tampa during next week’s convention.

Not yet registering in the poll numbers: Todd Akin’s comment that in cases of “legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” to prevent pregnancy. Akin, who is a Republican congressman from Missouri and is trying to get elected to the U.S. Senate, has apologized, but Democrats are targeting congressional Republicans who joined Akin last year in supporting a resolution that would have redefined rape as “forcible rape” — Paul Ryan was one of them.


  • Rick Klein, senior Washington editor for ABC World New and co-host of the network’s webcast, “Top Line”

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  • skeptic4321

    Republican Party Platform:
    “Maintaining The Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life
    Faithful to the first guarantee of the Declaration of Independence, we assert the inherent dignity and sanctity of all human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution, and we endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion and will not fund organizations which advocate it. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity and dignity of innocent human life.”

    Scientists, theologians, philosophers,  and each of us have different opinions as to the definition of life.  So why does the Republican Party think it can impose its definition of life on the rest of us via a Constitutional Amendment?  Is a molar pregnancy/gestational trophoblastic disease (gtd) “life?” I would venture to say most of those desiring the Constitutional Amendment have no idea what gtd is nor really considered whether gtd is “life” as they seek to define it.
    Personally, I am deeply concerned about the Republican Party and what I believe is fundamentally a theocratic (Christian) agenda, not only pertaining to abortion.

  • Vanessa D

    The question I have is not about my feelings on abortion, whether pro-life or pro-choice. I am asking it because I think it needs to be answered and explained by the Republicans and I haven’t heard anyone even raise it as an issue. As I understand it, their party platform so far has generally extended grudging approval to an abortion for women who have been raped. If they proclaim that abortion is the killing of babies, why is it acceptable in cases of rape? It is still the same killing, the same taking of life, as the Republicans define life. I would really like to see any Republican who is a candidate for political office answer this question, because in my view it is a policy hiding a moral condemnation of women, one that infers that if a woman becomes pregnant by force she is blameless, but if the pregnancy results from her sexual enjoyment she should pay the price for her transgression. I think it is a legitimate question to ask and am wondering if anyone else has had this on their mind.  I am NOT inviting comments or attacks on my character for asking it.

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