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February 23, 2015

Rudy Giuliani is walking back his claim that President Obama doesn't love America, writing in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that he "didn't intend to question President Obama's motives or the content of his heart." However, the former New York City mayor added, he still believes Obama is undercutting the nation's morale by talking about its failures.

I can only be disheartened when I hear him claim, as he did last August, that our response to 9/11 betrayed the ideals of this country. When he interjected that "we tortured some folks," he undermined those who managed successfully to protect us from further attack.

And to say, as the president has, that American exceptionalism is no more exceptional than the exceptionalism of any other country in the world, does not suggest a becoming and endearing modesty, but rather a stark lack of moral clarity. [The Wall Street Journal]

Giuliani's clarification comes a few days after he attributed Obama's worldview to the "influence of communism and socialism." Jon Terbush

July 10, 2014

Former Rep. Todd Akin (R) famously destroyed his candidacy in the 2012 Missouri Senate race when he dismissed the issue of abortion in cases of pregnancies resulting from rape, saying: "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

Now, in his upcoming book, Politico reports, Akin does state one of his regrets from the whole controversy: That he publicly apologized for the remark, in a TV ad.

"By asking the public at large for forgiveness, I was validating the willful misinterpretation of what I had said," Akin writes. Instead, in his book Akin continues to stand by the claim — which is rejected by the medical community — that pregnancy can be prevented in cases of sexual assault. "Doubt me? Google 'stress and infertility,' and you will find a library of research on the subject."

Here is the actual TV ad to which Akin is referring, which was released in late August 2012, in which he stated: "The fact is, rape can lead to pregnancy. The truth is, rape has many victims. The mistake I made was in the words I said, not in the heart I hold. I ask for your forgiveness." --Eric Kleefeld

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