08/23/2012 09:12 am ET

Rachel Maddow: Paul Ryan's Abortion Argument Is 'Strange,' 'Weird' (VIDEO)

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Rachel Maddow laid into presumptive GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan on her Wednesday MSNBC show for giving what she called a "weird" argument to a reporter's question about abortion.

Pittsburgh political editor John Delano asked Ryan about his position on abortion and how it may differ from that of presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

When asked if abortions should be available to women who are raped, Ryan answered that he was "proud of his pro-life record" in Congress, "but Mitt Romney is the top of the ticket, and Mitt Romney will be president and he will set a policy of the Romney administration."

Speaking of his response, Maddow said, "At first I thought he had mispoken. But then he said it again almost verbatim on the Romney, Ryan campaign plane...It is a very strange argument for somebody who is running for what he is running for."

Maddow called Ryan's argument "weird" because she said it doesn't sound very vice-presidential.

"His answer is essentially, 'He's running for president, not me. I realize my position sounds a little crazy, but don't worry about that! I'm only trying to be vice president. And what are the chances that a vice president would ever be president?'" Maddow said, her tone dripping with mockery.

"'Don't worry about my poltiices, I'm just some guy,'" she added, continuing to speak as though she were Ryan.



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