Republican senator: Women won't associate Akin with entire GOP

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Since Akin made the comments, top Republicans have called for the Missouri congressman to drop out of the race for Senate against incumbent Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). Akin has insisted he will stay in the race. 

Democrats have sought to tie Akin's comments to all Republicans, and in particular to GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who co-sponsored legislation with Akin banning federally funded abortions except in cases of "forcible rape or, if a minor, an act of incest." The "forcible rape" wording was removed from the legislation after women's groups attacked the language.

At a fundraising dinner in New York on Wednesday, President Obama said Akin's comments are an example of how the Republican Party wants to "fights fights that we thought were settled 20 or 30 years ago."