In a surprise visit to the White House daily press briefing yesterday, President Barack Obama held a Q & A session with members of the White House press corps.
When asked by a reporter (beginning at 14:40 into the You Tube video below), "You’re no doubt aware of the comments that the Missouri Senate candidate, Republican Todd Akin, made on rape and abortion. I wondered if you think those views represent the views of the Republican Party in general. They’ve been denounced by your own rival and other Republicans. Are they an outlier or are they representative?"
Two which President Obama responded, "Well, let me, first of all, say the views expressed were offensive. Rape is rape. And the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we’re talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people and certainly doesn’t make sense to me. So what I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women."
When asked if Akin should drop out of the Missouri U.S. Senate race, Obama said, "He was nominated by the Republicans in Missouri. I’ll let them sort that out.