In a statement, New York Republican US Senate nominee Wendy Long compared Todd Akin’s remarks about “legitimate rape” to Joe Biden’s remarks earlier this month about Mitt Romney wanting to put Americans “back in chains” and called both a distraction.
“All rape is real rape,” Ms. Long wrote on Facebook. “And Republicans don’t want people ‘back in chains.’ The real issue is jobs and New York’s private sector isn’t creating them. Congressman Akin and Vice President Biden have done a disservice to out of work struggling Americans by distracting from a serious discussion on jobs and the economy.”
Ms. Long is facing Kirsten Gillibrand in the general election and is trailing badly in polls and the money race. Earlier today Ms. Gillibrand used Mr. Akin’s remarks to raise money for her re-election bid.
Mr. Akin has set off a political firestorm with remarks he made last week saying that women can’t get pregnant from “legitimate rape”— a stance he used to defend his position that abortion should be outlawed even in cases of rape or incest.
Notably, Ms. Long does not join some of her GOP counterparts in calling on Mr. Akin to step aside.
Mr. Biden meanwhile told a Virginia rally that if Republicans say they want to “unchain Wall Street” it would put Americans “back in chains.”