The Democratic National Committee is taking the fight to Republicans during their convention in Tampa, Fla., by running a full-page ad in the city’s largest newspaper linking presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s views on abortion to those of Missouri Rep. W. Todd Akin.
The ad ran Tuesday in the Tampa Tribune and attempts to hit Republicans on the recent controversy over Mr. Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments, which have heavily damaged his Senate campaign and left him ostracized from much of the Republican Party.
In the ad, Democrats cite press clippings and a television interview transcript that they argue reveal Mr. Romney and his running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, as opposed to abortion even in the case of rape.
The ad also includes a doctored version of the Romney-Ryan campaign logo that refers to their campaign as a Romney-Ryan-Akin ticket.
“Taking away a woman’s decision — anyway they ‘kin,” the tagline below the logo says.
Democrats have been up in arms since last week when the GOP’s convention platform committee approved long-standing language for the party’s platform that opposes abortion but does not specify exceptions for rape or incest.
Democrats have also criticized Mr. Ryan and other Republicans for supporting a personhood amendment to effectively ban abortion. Mr. Romney has expressed support for an amendment defining life as beginning at conception, but he has said he would not push to ban abortion in cases of rape or incest if elected president.