GOP tries to move past Mourdock comment on rape

GOP tries to move past Mourdock comment on rape

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Republican Richard Mourdock, candidate for Indiana's U.S. Senate seat, participates in a debate with Democrat Joe Donnelly and Libertarian Andrew Horning in a debate in New Albany, Ind., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. Mourdock said Tuesday when a woman is impregnated during a rape, "it's something God intended." He was asked during the final minutes of the debate whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on October 25, 2012 at 6:21 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- With less than two weeks until Election Day, Senate candidate Richard Mourdock and Republicans nationally are trying to move past his comment about pregnancy and rape.
 
   But Senate Democrats announced Thursday they would spend $1.1 million keeping the remark alive and linking it to GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. Mourdock's comment this week that a rape resulting in pregnancy was God's will--and his refusal to apologize--has dominated the nation's political landscape.
 
   President Barack Obama criticized Mourdock's comment, saying "rape is rape." Romney's campaign issued a statement saying he disagrees with Mourdock, but would keep on the air an ad in which the former Massachusetts governor endorses him. 
 
   At stake are women voters that could be critical to both the presidential race and the battle for control of the Senate.

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