Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says that he personally believes that rape is just another "method of conception" and not an excuse to allow abortions.
During an interview with WJHL this week, Ryan was asked his view about Rep. Todd Akin, who recently asserted that women could not get pregnant from "legitimate rape."
"Specifically where you stand when it comes to rape, and when it comes to the issue of should it be legal for a woman to be able to get an abortion if she's raped?" WJHL reporter Josh Smith wondered.
"I'm very proud of my pro-life record, and I've always adopted the idea that, the position that the method of conception doesn't change the definition of life," Ryan explained. "But let's remember, I'm joining the Romney-Ryan ticket. And the president makes policy."
"And the president, in this case the future President Mitt Romney, has exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother, which is a vast improvement of where we are right now."
MSNBC's Steve Benen noted that responses like this were probably the reason that Romney is refusing to take any questions about Akin or abortion.
"In this case, when Ryan says 'the method of conception' is irrelevant, he's talking about rape," Benen wrote. "In other words, the Republicans' vice presidential nominee clearly believes the government should force women to take their pregnancy to term if they are impregnated by a rapist."
"Republicans can only distance themselves so much from Todd Akin before we realize they share his views."