INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence says that fellow Republican Richard Mourdock should apologize for saying that when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape "that's something God intended."
Pence issued a statement Wednesday saying he strongly disagreed with the statement Mourdock made during Tuesday night's U.S. Senate debate with Democrat Joe Donnelly. Pence has been a leading social conservative in Congress and helped lead an unsuccessful push to cutoff federal funding to Planned Parenthood.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn (KOHR'-nihn) is leader of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He is standing by Mourdock, saying the candidates comments are being construed in an "irresponsible and ridiculous" manner.