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Obama slams Republican: Rape is rape

2012-10-25 09:14

Burbank - President Barack Obama suspended the levity during an interview with late-night TV talk show host Jay Leno on Wednesday to address a Republican Senate candidate's assertion that pregnancies resulting from rape are intended by God and to express confidence that Washington could soon address the looming "fiscal cliff."

"I don't know how these guys come up with these ideas. Let me make a very simple proposition: rape is rape. It is a crime," Obama said on NBC's The Tonight Show.

"This is exactly why you don't want a bunch of politicians, mostly male, making decisions about women's healthcare."

Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's comments that pregnancies caused by rape are "something God intended to happen" echoed across the US media and sent ripples through political circles ahead of the 6 November election.

The Obama campaign, which enjoys leads among women voters in many election battleground states, sought swiftly to connect Mourdock with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

 Earlier this year Romney had to distance himself from remarks by another Republican Senate candidate, Todd Akin of Missouri, about what he called "legitimate rape".

Compromise

In an interview full of jokes about marriage, Halloween and other topics, the Democratic president made a few serious comments, mostly about the hottest topic of the election: The economy.

Asked about the so-called fiscal cliff - a combination of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes set to kick in early next year - Obama said he was confident that a solution could be found before the end of the year.

"Solving this is not that hard. It requires some tough choices," Obama said, adding that some programmes had to be cut and tax rates should go up for people making more than $250 000 a year.

"I hope that we can get it done by the end of this year. It just requires some compromise, which shouldn't be a dirty word."

On the economic crisis gripping the European Union, Obama said countries have been "kind of muddling along" and "they didn't respond as quickly as they could".

The United States is working with those nations to make sure they have a credible plan to maintain the unity of Europe, he added.

Growing up in Kenya

In a lighter moment, Obama joked about real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump, who recently posted a video challenging Obama to release documents about his education.

Trump has persistently questioned whether Obama, a native of Hawaii, was actually born in the United States, and Obama played off Trump's theories about his origins.

"This all dates back to when we were growing up together in Kenya," Obama joked. "We had, you know, constant run-ins on the soccer field. He wasn't very good and resented it."

Comments
  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-25 09:49

    what have we become ? just look what we have done all that we've destroyed you must build again - white lion

  • chas.holman - 2012-10-25 10:04

    "Romney campaign stands by Mourdock". Women.. For Goodness sake.. WAKE UP.. If ever there WAS a sign from God, this would be one of them.. These 'men' who are completely uneducated and ignorant about a woman's body, want to be in charge of the laws that Govern YOUR body. There is no other way to put it. Welcome to the year 1642 where science and medicine take a back seat. Don't even dare mention the earth revolves around the sun. The Governor has said if he wins the Presidency that he would sign legislation if presented, that bans abortion. And you have GOP senators and Congressmen who have now said that women who get raped have no medical worries as they can't get pregnant if they are 'really' raped, and now with Mourdoch, it is 'God's Gift'. Seriously.. Vote like YOUR life, your daughter's life and health depends on it.. It's not playtime anymore, they are playing for keeps and total control.Have no doubt, this is 'the big grab'.

      kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-25 10:58

      And before considering this ill advise, go and read Jude 1 also. Murder is murder now matter how you try and destort this truth and nope, you DONT belong to yourself as you were bought with blood 2000 years ago already!

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-25 12:40

    just imagine what a much better place the world would be if all politicians were aborted.

      demi.cooke.7 - 2012-10-25 12:50

      um..yeah

  • johann.vanwyk.35 - 2012-10-25 16:22

    Wake up women. Here is a quote from the Talmud, scripture upon which the Bible (OT) is based: R. Joseph said: Come and hear! A maiden aged three years and a day may be acquired in marriage by coition [intercourse], and if her deceased husband's brother cohabits with her, she becomes his. The penalty of adultery may be incurred through her; [if a niddah] she defiles him who has connection with her, so that he in turn defiles that upon which he lies, as a garment which has lain upon [a person afflicted with gonorrhoea]. Sanhedrin 55b Any person doubting this, here is the link if you want to read more: http://www.truthbeknown.com/judaismquotes.htm#.UIdxIpEaySM

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