Obama Hits Mourdock: 'Rape Is Rape'
Issues Roe v. Wade warning in Leno appearance
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 25, 2012 5:03 AM CDT
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(Newser) – President Obama slammed Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's rape comments on the Tonight Show last night. "I don't know how these guys come up with these ideas," Obama said. "Let me make a very simple proposition. Rape is rape. It is a crime." He noted "Roe vs. Wade is probably hanging in the balance" of the election, Politico reports. Mourdock's comments that pregnancies from rape are "something God intended" are "exactly why you don't want a bunch of politicians, mostly male, making decisions about women's health care decisions," Obama said. "Women are capable of making these decisions in consultation with their partners, with their doctors."

Meanwhile, asked by Anderson Cooper whether he still supports Mourdock, John McCain said it "depends on what he does," the Huffington Post reports. "If he apologizes and says he misspoke and he was wrong and he asks the people to forgive him, then obviously I’d be the first" to support him. Mourdock has in fact issued an apology. Mitt Romney, for his part, still supports Mourdock, though his campaign says he "disagrees" with the Indiana Republican's comments: "We disagree on the policy regarding exceptions for rape and incest but still support him." The campaign says it hasn't called on Mourdock to withdraw ads featuring Romney.

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Oct 25, 2012 7:42 PM CDT
FLASHBACK: Obama broke with colleagues, voted present on protecting rape victims in ’99 state Senate vote http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/25/flashback-obama-broke-with-colleagues-voted-against-protecting-rape-victims-in-99-state-senate-vote/
Oct 25, 2012 9:33 AM CDT
I'm an atheist (now) but I can't get over how Republicans---in this case, Mourdock---claim to know the mind of God. And claim to speak for God. I studied theology and philosophy in a Jesuit school for four years and am stunned by the brazen arrogance from those who claim to believe.
Oct 25, 2012 7:22 AM CDT
I watch Leno nearly every day and enjoy his entertainment. But he is practically a one-man PAC for the left. His views on the economy are illiterate. But if the Republican Party didn't have so many "Mourdocks," maybe Hollywood wouldn't be 90% left. Get rid of the religious extremists, move just a little more to the center, and the Republicans would own this country. But, I'm not holding my breath.