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"Legitimate rape"

PoliticsElectionsRepublican PartyTodd AkinDemocratic PartyGeorge W. BushBarack Obama
The phrase was uttered by GOP congressman and Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin in service of his contention that when women are really and truly raped, their bodies magically ward off pregnancy -- and it pretty much sums up the ineptness of the Republicans' 2012 message. Karen Hughes,... Charlie Riedel / Associated Press