Would Democrats regret making their convention an 'anti-Akin affair'?

Liberals see abortion as a winning issue going into the convention, but critics warn that a heavy-handed focus on women's rights could backfire

Sandra Fluke introduces President Obama during a campaign stop Aug. 8
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Democrats have gleefully seized on recent comments about rape and abortion by Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri, to bolster their argument that the GOP is waging a war on women. Akin's preposterous claim that victims of "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant, as well as a proposed GOP platform that would bar rape and incest victims from receiving an abortion, has led Democrats to give several speaking slots to abortion-rights activists at the party's convention in early September. President Obama needs strong support from women if he wants to win re-election, but critics say turning the convention into an "anti-Akin affair" could backfire. After all, only 37 percent of Americans agree with President Obama's position that abortion should be generally available, while an equal number prefer stricter limits than the ones currently in place. Is the Democrats' renewed focus on abortion a bad call?

Yes. Voters want to hear about the economy: "The overwhelming majority of voters don't want to hear about social issues," says John Hinderaker at Power Line. "They want to know how we are going to climb out of the four-year economic funk" that still plagues the nation. "If undecided voters tune into the Democratic convention and hear all about abortion, and tune into the Republican convention and hear all about the economy, Romney will win in a landslide."

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