Congressman Todd Akin (R) of Missouri said he opposes abortion in rape cases because women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in "a legitimate rape" and that conception is rare in such cases. A Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape, said a Mitt Romney spokeswoman.
Social Security is a touchy subject. Alan Simpson, co-chair of Obama's deficit commission, has a colorful mouth and lots of things to say about Social Security. Put the two together and 'poof!' another political brush fire for Obama.