- The Washington Times - Monday, September 3, 2012

Rep. W. Todd Akin of Missouri does not represent Mitt Romney, nor do Mr. Akin’s absurd misconceptions of how the female body functions represent the views of Mr. Romney on the matter (“Democrats run ad in Tampa paper tying Romney to Akin,” Web, Tuesday).

Mr. Akin’s stance on abortion is extreme, whereas in a Romney administration, abortion will be legal in cases of rape. Tying an irrational politician to a rational and dedicated leader won’t work. They have different messages and agendas.

The media will do anything to try to distract from the main message of the Romney campaign: economic recovery via fiscal responsibility and deregulation of businesses. This election is not about social issues. It’s time for the media to focus on the issues that really matter.

MATTHEW MIRLIANI

Alexandria