The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is joining with local congressional candidate Keith Fitzgerald in trying to link his opponent, Rep. Vern Buchanan, with Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., and his comments about "legitimate rape." To make its point, the DCCC may be calling you at home.
Here's the news release:
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) continued on offense today, launching new automated phone calls targeting Congressman Vern Buchanan (FL-16) for the extreme agenda that he shares with Congressman Todd Akin.
At the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week, Congressman Buchanan’s Republican Party platform will include a ban on a woman’s right to choose with no exceptions for rape, incest or if the life of the mother is at risk.
In a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released last week, 54 percent of voters believe Republican candidates are “out of step” while only 38 percent believe they’re in the main stream.
An example of an automated phone call Congressman Vern Buchanan’s (FL-16) district follows:
Hello. This is Julie calling from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. By now, I’m sure you’ve heard Congressman Todd Akin’s unbelievable comments about rape and his outrageous beliefs about women’s rights.
You know what’s even more worrisome? He’s not alone.
Republicans like your Congressman Vern Buchanan share some of these radical, right-wing beliefs– that the government should take away a woman’s access to making informed decisions about her own pregnancy.
It’s outrageous. This week, Congressman Buchanan’s Republican Party platform will include a plank that says no to a woman’s right to choose without any exceptions even in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is at risk.Buchanan has denounced Akin's comments, and dismissed Fitzgerald's attempts to saddle Akin to his campaign.
Read more about Buchanan's response, and those of some of his female supporters here.