Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is now saying that his comments about rape and pregnancy during Tuesday’s debate have been twisted. Democrats are trying to capitalize on this self-inflicted injury but Republicans from Mitt Romney to Mike Pence have issued statements distancing themselves from Mourdock’s comments.
Mourdock called reporters together at state GOP Headquarters to perform damage control directed at voters who might be turned off by his suggestion that God that sometimes intends for rape victims to become pregnant. He was emotional as he said he abhors violence and believes God does, too. “If they came away with any impression other than that I truly regret it,” said Mourdock. “I apologize that they came away and I have certainly been humbled by the fact that so many people think that that somehow was an interpretation.”
But Mourdock made no effort to back away from the principles that were stated this way in the New Albany debate. “Life is that gift from God,” he said, “and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something that God intended to happen.”
Democrats, including Mourdock’s Senate opponent, Joe Donnelly, see opportunity. Donnelly stood in front of a domestic violence shelter to issue a brief statement. “His words were extreme,” said Donnelly of Mourdock, “but maybe as important to survivors of sexual abuse, and there are too many hard working people in the building behind us who deal with this on a daily basis.”
But Mourdock also tried to use this circumstance for political advantage. “I spoke from my heart, I spoke with my principle,” he said, “I spoke with my faith and if others want to somehow turn those words and use them against me, again, that’s what’s wrong with Washington today.” Yet if Mourdock is to get to Washington he needs to change the subject and his lukewarm apology likely failed to accomplish that goal.
Mourdock’s schedule changed considerably because of this controversy. He passed up a rally staged by the National Federation of Independent Business and New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte didn’t come to town as planned. She was to make 3 campaign stops with Mourdock today.
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Preacherboy765 | October 25 2012 6:12pm
Wish TV is booming more and more CBS. what this man said was poorly worded, but it's consistent with his beliefs and stance. Why Wish TV would jump into the political liberal machine and dramatize this is why I watch your station less and less. What happened to your Midwestern values? shame on you. If it weren't for Randy I'd not watch your station at all. I long for the day when you just reported the news, not became part of it!
jerrichard11 | October 24 2012 5:33pm
What Mourdock said could have been said differently and the result would have been the same for the political slime mill. It is a fact that children come from rapes and most don't abort the child which by the way is a creation of God. Some women choose to abort or give up for adoption I don't condemn those that use abortion as that is God's realm of judgement but personally I prefer the latter option.
I do not care for the nasty slimey political PAC's commercials and the media's pro-Obummer slant on everything. Where has your impartiality gone ? How much did you sell it for this time?
Bellboy | October 24 2012 5:15pm
The reaction to Richard Mourdock's comments on a baby concieved during a rape reflect the deep spiritual darkness that has overtaken many of our country. He knows life begins at conception. A soul is created, an eternal soul. I cannot pretend to imagine the pain, rage and violation of person and soul a rape cause the victim. But I do believe the path to healing includes love and forgiveness.
I can see giving the child up for adoption so as not to have the constant reminder of the crime and the pain. I also believe the pain would be compounded with the guilt that comes from an abortion, from stopping a life that has had nothing to do with the circustances of it's conception. Yes to carry the child to term and give birth would be an act of grace. It pales in comparision to the act of the highest grace that sent Jesus to the cross to save all of us who deserve to die! Peter 2:21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you can example for you to follow in His steps,
22 who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth;
23 and while being areviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;
24 and He Himself abore our sins in His body on the bcross, so that we cmight die to sin and live to righteousness; for dby His wounds you were ehealed.
25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and 1Guardian of your souls.
New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (1 Pe 2:21-25). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.
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