During Tuesday night’s U.S. Senate debate, Republican candidate Richard Mourdock said even when a baby is born from rape, “that is something that God intended to happen.”
National Democrats immediately picked up on the comment and the comparisons began with Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin. When Akin said women’s bodies had a way of preventing pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape,” he caused a national controversy that led prominent members of his party to distance themselves from Akin’s remarks.
Mourdock issued a statement following the debate saying he was not suggesting that God wanted rape.
“God creates life, and that was my point. Rape is a horrible thing, and for anyone to twist my words otherwise is absurd and sick,” he said.
Democratic state party chair Dan Parker says Mourdock’s comments are further proof he is an extremist who is out of touch with Hoosiers. Democratic Senate hopeful Joe Donnelly says Mourdock’s remarks are shocking and disrespectful to survivors of rape.
Donnelly and Mourdock are locked in a tight race whose outcome could tilt the balance of power in the U.S. Senate.
A statement from Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said Romney “disagrees with Richard Mourdock’s comments, and they do not reflect his views.”