MADISON (WKOW) -- The Republican National Convention takes center stage on this weekend's edition of Capitol City Sunday.
Republicans want next week's convention to be about their vision for improving the nation's economy, but they'll have to get past the stigma of U.S. Senate Candidate Todd Akin (R-Missouri) first.
The Akin story is starting to get too close to the Romney-Ryan campaign, even turning their poll numbers in Missouri, partly due to Paul Ryan's mutual support of abortion legislation with Akin.
"It seems interesting that here you have Todd Akin, kind of a hard-core conservative might actually be, could have been the swing vote to overturn Obamacare and the plan might actually stay in place because of his horrific statements," said Christian Schneider, of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, a conservative think-tank.
But the Republican Party of Wisconsin Vice-Chair says his party will have the nation thinking only about the troubled economy and a troubled President by the end of next week.
"Think about this, even before you get to a national party convention, where, you know, supposedly you get a bump out of that, you've got a tied race or maybe the incumbents a little bit behind. That's a disaster," said Brian Schimming.
But Democrats Kathleen Falk and Scot Ross say the Republicans have created their own disaster with Akin, and their extreme views on women's health issues.
"We talked about 67 pieces of legislation designed to restrict a woman's right to choose introduced at the congressional level, and yet they've refused to have one, one vote on the President's American Jobs Act, which is about reinvesting in tax credits for businesses that are creating jobs," said Ross, of the progressive group One Wisconsin Now.
Kathleen Falk says she still believes Americans are looking for more help from the government, not the free-market based solutions Republicans have proposed.
"There's a role for government in making our lives better with a common ground of values and then there's a role where government or a political party, Democrat or Republican, shouldn't be making those fundamental rights of privacy choices when it comes to health care," said Falk, the former Dane County Executive.
Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m., right after This Week with George Stephanopoulos.