Richard Mourdock's Rape Comment Blasted by Democrats and Hollywood
The Republican candidate for the open senate seat from Indiana earned a stampede of criticism when he said pregnancy due to rape was "god's will."
With less than two weeks before election day, the battle between democrats and republicans has taken another sharp turn.
In a debate Tuesday night, Indiana republican senate candidate Richard Mourdock said that he opposed abortion unless the life of the mother was on the line. "Life is that gift from God that I think even if life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen," he said, immediately sparking backlash on both a state and national level.
Democrats have not only tied Mourdock's statement to the "forcible rape" gaffe made by Missouri republican senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin several months ago, but also sought to attach GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to Mourdock's position; the only ad Romney has cut for a GOP candidate this cycle is Mourdock, and the ad went on the air in Indiana on Tuesday, which is terrible timing if nothing else.
A spokesperson for the Obama campaign said on Wednesday, "This is a reminder that a Republican Congress working with a Republican president Mitt Romney would [feel] that women should not be able to make choices about their own healthcare … This is an issue where Mitt Romney is starring in an ad for [Mourdock] and it is perplexing that he wouldn't demand to have that ad taken down."
The DNC also released an ad tying Romney to the candidate, while DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement, "As Mourdock’s most prominent booster and the star of Mourdock’s current campaign ads, Mitt Romney should immediately denounce these comments and request that the ad featuring him speaking directly to camera on Mourdock’s behalf be taken off the air.
The Romney campaign released a statement on Tuesday night, saying, "Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock’s comments, and they do not reflect his views," but this far has not asked Mourdock to take down the spot that features the GOP presidential nominee.
Mourdock on Wednesday said that he regretted being misunderstood, but would not apologize for his words.
Hollywood reacted strongly as well.
Olivia Munn linked to a story about Mourdock and wrote, "What an ass." Private Practice star Kate Walsh called the comments "horrific," and Elizabeth Banks linked to a story about the comments and called it an example of "Why votes matter."