With Rep. Todd Akin staying in the Missouri Senate race, Democrats are seeking to tie his widely condemned remarks on "legitimate rape" to the GOP by pointing out prominent Republicans' shared views on abortion. The Obama-allied group American Bridge unveiled the Web site ItsNotJustAkin.com, allowing readers to track votes and statements of Paul Ryan, Mike Huckabee and others.
Skeptics note that the economy is dominant in this election. But electing a GOP president would have policy consequences for women; abortion and women's health are on the ballot this fall.
The Democratic strategy is about something broader than abortion: tarnishing the Republican brand by painting the party as hidebound and backward-looking. That could weigh down the GOP ticket, particularly if President Obama can neutralize Mitt Romney's expected advantage on the economy.