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McCain calls for Mourdock apology, condition for endorsement

McCain calls for Mourdock apology, condition for endorsement

U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, right, campaigned Wednesday with candidate Richard Mourdock during a meeting with small business leaders in Indianapolis. McCain said the GOP needs Indiana to send Mourdock to the Senate so the party can win the majority in the chamber. Photo by Lesley Weidenbener, TheStatehouseFile.com

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 2:37 AM

(WHAS11 Political Blog) -- In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, U.S. Sen. John McCain said his support of embattled senate candidate Richard Mourdock is conditional based on how Mourdock handles the fallout of a controversial remark during a debate in New Albany Tuesday night.

"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.

Though the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committe's release of the CNN video claims that McCain is withdrawing his endorsement of Mourdock, the Arizona senator's comments - like Mourdock's - leave some room for interpretation.

 

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