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Political Chat: Missouri Comments Echo In Northwest Politics

OPB | Aug. 24, 2012 7:45 a.m. | Updated: Oct. 19, 2012 4:21 a.m. | Portland

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The week in politics was dominated by the comments of Republican Representative Todd Akin of Missouri, who said in a TV interview that a woman’s body is capable of preventing pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.”  Akin is running for the U.S. Senate and many people in both parties called on him to drop out.

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, who is running to be that state’s Governor, was one of them.

“I was offended and appalled by what he said and I think it disqualifies him from seeking or holding high office,” McKenna said.

Akin says he is pressing ahead with his campaign.

Speaking of Republicans, the Oregon GOP delegation has had some internal conflicts, but is now about to head to Florida for their national convention.

Closer to home, it turns out Rep. Jefferson Smith, running for  Portland Mayor, is not the greatest driver in the world.  He’s had his driver’s license suspended seven times.

We talk politics on Friday mornings with our political guys, Bill and Jeff, Bill Lunch is OPB’s Political Analyst; he’s at the OSU Media Center. Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter for The Oregonian; he’s on the line.

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