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Ryan withdraws support for Republican over rape remarks

Paul Ryan pictured during last night's Vice Presidential debates.

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has withdrawn his support for a Republican State Assembly member from Wisconsin who made controversial comments about rape.

Roger Rivard told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal that when he was young his father warned him about pre-marital sex, telling him that "some girls rape easy".

In August Republican Senate hopeful Todd Akin refused to withdraw his candidacy after suggesting that he didn't support abortions for rape victims because "if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

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Biden and Ryan clash over the US economy

Vice-presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan clashed over the US economy and taxes during their debate.

Mr Biden took the opportunity to address Mitt Romney's recent controversial comments that the 47% of Americans who pay no federal income tax should take responsibility for themselves.

Mr Ryan strongly defended Mr Romney's record and said:

"He is a good man, he cares about 100% of American's in this country and with respect to that quote I think the Vice President very well knows that sometimes the right words don't come out of your mouth the right way.

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