GOP's Mourdock: God Intended Pregnancies From Rape
Indiana Senate hopeful under fire for debate remarks
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2012 3:46 AM CDT
Updated Oct 24, 2012 7:36 AM CDT
Richard Mourdock participates in a debate with Democrat Joe Donnelly and Libertarian Andrew Horning in New Albany, Indiana last night.   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

(Newser) – The GOP is on damage control duty after controversial comments on rape from another one of its candidates. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said that pregnancies resulting from rape are "something that God intended to happen," when answering a question on abortion in a debate in Indiana last night, CBS reports. Democrats quickly attacked the remarks from the Tea Party-backed candidate, labeling him a "zealot."

MItt Romney distanced himself from Mourdock after his remarks, the AP reports. Romney "disagrees with Richard Mourdock's comments, and they do not reflect his views," a spokesman said, but aides wouldn't say whether Romney would drop his support for Mourdock's Senate bid. After the debate, the candidate tried to clarify his remarks, saying that he meant "God creates life." Any suggestion that he believes that "God preordained rape" is "sick and twisted," Mourdock told reporters.
 

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