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Romney Distances Himself From Mourdock’s Comments On Rape

Republican candidate Richard Mourdock is on the defensive after comments made about rape and pregnancy during Tuesday night's debate.

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Republican Richard Mourdock, candidate for Indiana's U.S. Senate seat, participates in a debate with Democrat Joe Donnelly and Libertarian Andrew Horning in a debate in New Albany, Ind., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012.

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.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is distancing himself from Richard Mourdock after appearing in an ad for him earlier this week, NPR reports.

A statement from Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said Romney “disagrees with Richard Mourdock’s comments, and they do not reflect his views.”

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  • Jason

    Wow, talk about a sensationalist headline. I have been a listener of WFIU for years, even as a very conservative individual, because I can usually count on you guys for a good, fair representations of the news. Please try to stay on track and stay classy, because if I wanted horribly inaccurate representations of the true beliefs of others I would listen to Fox News Radio.

  • m577a2

    Romney and Ryan both endorse these disgusting American Taliban religious idiots. The GOP voter base is evangelical christians praying to the same god as the Taliban, and who would happily pass laws in America reflecting their religious belief. The church is nothing but a safe haven for pedophiles and freaks who believe in an all-powerful floating hippy who hates gay people and allows rape, but apparently steps in at the last second and stops a pregnancy in cases of legitimate rape. Religion has ZERO place in politics and needs to go the way of the dodo bird.

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