OutFront tonight – Mitt's big bet.
Well, not exactly me. But there's something about me that might actually help Mitt win the White House. Now those of you who watch the show know that we've criticized both candidates for a variety of reasons, so this isn't taking sides.
But the fact is, I'm catholic. And Catholics are the second largest religious group in the United States. And almost a third of the voters in the 2008 presidential election were – you guessed it – catholic. FULL POST
OutFront tonight – who's the boss?
Mitt Romney's stated position is that abortion should be illegal except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is in serious danger. Today, his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan called it "a good step in the right direction."
Now, here's one thing we know for sure about Ryan. He's precise. He likes his facts, his figures, his numbers. He's written 4 budgets totaling hundreds of pages. He thinks before he speaks, and even bragged about that today. So that statement, that his boss's position heading in the "right direction," could only mean one thing. FULL POST
OutFront tonight: Defying the party.
Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), the now infamous Republican whose comments about women being able to fend off pregnancy from a "legitimate rape," is refusing to drop out of the senate race, even calling the wave of criticism a "bit of an over-reaction."
Just don't tell Mitt Romney. After Akin reiterated that he would stay in the race today, Romney released a statement directly stating that he should drop out. And don't tell Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who last night on our show said that he would prefer Akin stay away from the convention next week.
In fact, the message is pretty clear form a host of Republicans – don't let the door hit you on the way out, Todd Akin!
Meanwhile, in a case of painful timing, a Republican Party platform is taking shape in Tampa prior to the convention. Since 1984, Republicans have voted to include a constitutional ban on abortion in their official party platform. It's called a "Human Life Amendment," and there's no exception for cases of rape or incest.
But this is not something that Mitt Romney, the presumptive boss of the party now, says he agrees with. In fact, he took a direct stance on the issue, issuing a statement yesterday that said "a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape."
Other Republicans disagree with the platform vote too. Four years ago, John McCain tried to change the language to specifically include the above exceptions. And today, Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) sent a letter to the chair of the Republican Party, calling it a "mistake" to ignore "the views of pro-choice Republicans like myself."
Senator Brown has a good point. 67% of Republicans and 75% of independents think abortion should be legal in cases of rape or incest. 59% of all pro-life people think so too. But in all likelihood, the Human Life Amendment will be a part of this year's platform as well.
OutFront tonight: a migraine for Republicans.
A little-known congressman from Missouri has thrown his party for a loop. Instead of talking about the economy or Medicare tonight, everyone is once again talking about social issues – specifically, abortion.
Republican Congressman Todd Akin, who's running for senate against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill, says he's not stepping aside despite widespread outrage over his assertion that in the case of "legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try and shut [pregnancy] down," the justification for his opinion that abortion should not be allowed in cases of rape. FULL POST
Top members of Bashar al-Assad's inner circle were killed by explosion in Syria today. Has the bloody conflict reached a tipping point?
CNN contributor John Avlon tackles the death of top officials in al-Assad's regime.
Syrian attack hits Assad's inner circle – OutFront Wednesday: Fmr. NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Wesley Clark and Fmr. US. Asst. Secretary of State, James Rubin.