Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said that Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-Mo.) controversial comments about rape and pregnancy show that he’s “a leader” in the “war on women.”

And Mitt Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), “has been his very proud partner,” Boxer said last night on MSNBC.

“I hope women across this nation and the men who love women, will stand with women and vote for the Obama-Biden ticket and against this radical ticket,” the senator continued.

“Paul Ryan tried hard to say, let’s not have an exception for rape, let’s — you know, we don’t need to have an exception for rape,” she said. “And when he couldn’t get that done, he went, partnered with this guy, Akin, and said, OK, then let’s change the definition of rape.”

It was just one example of how Dems are out of the gate early to link the Missouri Senate candidate with the national GOP ticket.

“And for Mitt Romney to say, it would be wonderful, wonderful to ban abortion, what is he thinking?” Boxer said. “He doesn’t deserve to be president for a whole list of reasons and this is another reason.”