You know your campaign's in trouble when you run on promises of not acting in accordance with your honest-to-goodness beliefs if elected. But that's what Paul Ryan did earlier today during an TV interview during which he tried to distance the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan ticket from, uh, Paul Ryan.
Ryan's problem, it seems, is that while the rest of the GOP has spent the last 3 days feverishly distancing itself from Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin, Ryan spent the last several legislative sessions bro-ing down hard with the Missouri Republican. The pair co-sponsored a total of 8 abortion-restricting bills while serving together in the House. And the pair also teamed up on an effort to redefine what sort of rape victim should be eligible for government assistance in the event that she can't pay for an abortion. Their consensus? Only women who were the victims of "forcible" rape. Which is what Akin said he meant. Which is horrifically offensive.
The Wisconsin Congressman attempted to placate the nerves of a country that's now painfully aware of just how out-of-the-mainstream Ryan's views on sex, reproduction, and the role the government should play in people's choices of or relating to those two arenas by telling KDKA that while he's pro-life — like, Holding Up Dead Baby Sign Pro Life — if Mitt Romney were to be elected President, Mitt Romney would make sure that Paul Ryan didn't get his way.
Ryan: "Well, look, I'm proud of my pro-life record. And I stand by my pro-life record in Congress. It's something I'm proud of. But Mitt Romney is the top of the ticket and Mitt Romney will be president and he will set the policy of the Romney administration."
He went on to clarify that he was aware that rape is bad, echoing President Obama's words by saying "Rape is rape and there's no splitting hairs over rape."
During the interview, Ryan said a grand total of 73 different words. Twelve of those words were "rape." Yep, we're definitely talking about the economy now.