Leading social conservatives rally to Akin's defense
CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby
Tampa, Florida (CNN) – While much of the Republican universe spent Monday condemning Missouri Senate hopeful Todd Akin for his comments about "legitimate rape" and abortion, one of the nation's most prominent conservative organizations rallied to his defense.
Two top officials from the Family Research Council said the Missouri congressman is the target of a Democratic smear campaign and chided those Republicans who have condemned Akin.
Mackey said that Republicans calling on Akin to apologize or drop out should get "backbone." ...
"The Romney campaign as well as now Paul Ryan have made very clear where they stand in the issue of life," Perkins said. "We are not going to allow people to divide conservative voters in this process.
And where do Romney/Ryan stand again? EXACTLY with Todd Akin. In fact, Akin and Ryan were cosponsors of the same anti-abortion legislation that sought to define "forcible" or "legitimate" rape.
In other words, FRC to Romney: Don't back away from Akin's stance on Rape/Abortion or you'll lose our vote.