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Obama: “Rape is Rape!”

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In a news conference held for the White House Press Corp on Monday, President Obama utilized his time to touch upon a few hot button topics. Most notable were the comments held specifically for Missouri congressman Todd Akin, whom angered the American public when he tried to make the argument for "legitimate rape." Such rhetoric didn't bode well on either side of the aisle and Obama said the idea of distinguishing among types of rape "doesn't make sense to the American people and certainly doesn't make sense to me." "Rape is rape," the Commander-in-Chief concluded, much to the chagrin of pundits and political foes alike.

Akin said in an interview Sunday that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in "a legitimate rape" and that conception is rare in such cases. Obama said that comments such as these underscore why politicians — a majority of whom are men — should not make exclusive decisions on behalf of women. Akin, who is running to unseat Missouri's Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, hoped his commentary would incite female voters to sway his way. Instead, Akin apologized for his comments Monday and said he plans to stay in the Senate race. Feeling the heat from both sides of the political aisle, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Monday that Akin's comments on rape are "insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong."

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