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Both campaigns try to avoid controversy while still attacking one another

POSTED: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 11:30am

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 11:34am

President Obama is now trying to draw a stark line on women's issues between the parties - a key demographic

He also defended the tone of his campaign - dismissing Republican charges that its turned ugly.

After a two month dry-spell, the President held a White House briefing for reporters.

He weighed in on Missouri Senate GOP candidate Todd Akin's controversial comments this weekend that a "legitimate rape" rarely results in pregnancy which put the abortion debate back in the election forefront. "What I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn't have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women," said the President.

President Obama leads Mitt Romney 54 to 39 percent among women voters, according the last NBC/WSJ poll, a demographic where Romney really needs to make up ground.

In an interview with WMUR, Romney did his best to try distance himself from Akin's comments. "Those comments about rape were deeply offensive. I can't defend what he said. I can't defend him," said Mitt Romney, (R) Presidential Candidate.

Obama's impromptu news conference took some of the spotlight off the republican duo, but Romney and VP running mate Paul Ryan continued to slam the President's leadership during a joint town hall meeting in new hampshire

Both campaigns are moving on today, hoping not to deal with another controversial issue.

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