(WHAS11 Political Blog) -- One day after telling CNN's Anderson Cooper that he was withholding his endorsement of U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, U.S. Sen. John McCain affirmed his support on Thursday morning.
“Senator McCain was traveling yesterday in Florida and did not have an opportunity to see Mr. Mourdock’s full press conference before he taped his CNN interview," explained McCain spokesman Brian Rogers. "Senator McCain is glad that Mr. Mourdock apologized to the people of Indiana and clarified his previous statement. Senator McCain hopes the people of Indiana will elect Mr. Mourdock to the U.S. Senate.”
On Wednesday, McCain told CNN his support of Mourdock was conditioned on how Mourdock handled the fallout of a controversial remark during a debate in New Albany Tuesday night.
"If in any way people came away with the wrong meaning, for that I do apologize," Mourdock said, yet the Republican State Treasurer is standing by the principles behind his remark that life is an intended gift from God, including a pregnancy resulting from rape.
"I came to realize that life is that gift from God," Mourdock said at the debate. "And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."
"It depends on what he does," McCain told Cooper. "If he apologizes and says he misspoke and he was wrong and he asks the people to forgive him, then obviously I would be the first."
McCain said in his experience, when politicians does not own up to a mistake is when people won't forgive them.
One week ago, McCain - who supported incumbent Senator Richard Lugar in the GOP primary - campaigned for Mourdock in Indianapolis.