Mitt Romney is at the top of the GOP ticket and seems to be dictating to Ryan for the first time in ten days, but how will Ryan explain this change of heart?
Which is the right thing to do, but politically for Ryan's base: heresy.
Just days after PoltiFact validated Paul Ryan's flat-out opposition to abortion in cases of rape and incest, the Romney campaign - - in the wake of hideous comments about rape victims by GOP Senate candidate Cong. Todd Akin in Missouri - - made this statement that appears to contradict what PolitFact says is Ryan's long-standing anti-abortion position.
After Akin's comments:
Also:"Governor Romney and Congressman (Paul) Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin's statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape," Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said.
Early Monday morning update: The NY Times picks up on the Ryan angle:
Romney Statement on Abortion Appears to Contradict Ryan’s Earlier PositionA campaign statement that neither Mitt Romney nor Representative Paul D. Ryan opposes abortion in rape cases seems to contradict Mr. Ryan’s earlier position on the issue.