In a debate last night, the Republican Senate candidate from Indiana, Richard Mourdock, made some shocking comments about rape that continue to haunt him tonight, less than two weeks from the election. He basically said that rape-babies are a gift from God.
Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Tuesday that pregnancy that results from rape can be “something that God intended to happen.”
“I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God,” Mourdock said at a debate (posted below is the video from the state Democratic Party, which created the title of the video). “And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
It’s even more fun when you watch it:
Two nights ago, Mitt Romney distanced himself from Murdouck, but only partly. In classic Romney waffling, the GOP presidential candidate said he disagreed with Murdouck, but refused to take back his rather vocal endorsement of the man. Romney has done only one ad for a GOP Senate candidate, that ad is for Senator Rape-Baby:
Romney has also appeared with Senator Rape-Baby:
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said on CNN on Wednesday that his support for Richard Mourdock was dependent on an apology from the Republican Senate candidate for his remarks that pregnancies caused by rape are intended by God.
“It depends on what he does,” McCain said on “Anderson Cooper 360.” He was answering a question about whether he still considered himself in Mourdock’s corner after the comments on rape and pregnancy, which came at a debate Tuesday.
“If he apologizes and says he misspoke and he was wrong and asks the people to forgive him, I would be the first,” the 2008 presidential nominee said, adding that he had made mistakes and asked for people’s forgiveness after owning up to his transgressions.
Here’s McCain on Anderson Cooper’s show:
Sadly, this isn’t the first time a Republican has gotten into trouble of late for incredibly inappropriate comments about rape. DailyKos diarist BrainWrap made a chart illustrating the various levels of rape, according to the Republican party: