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Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in 2012 Elections, Law, Politics, Society | 9 comments

Richard Mourdock Now Getting Strong GOP Support

The Republican wagons are now circling around Indian Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock after his comments about rape.

He is now getting strong Republican support after comments were he tried to walk part of his comments back. That was enough (you gotta win that seat) from top GOPers:

After initially keeping Richard Mourdock at arm’s length for his assertion that pregnancies produced by rape are intended by God, prominent Republicans rallied around the embattled Indiana Senate candidate.

Top among them was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), whose chances of taking over the Senate next year could be sunk by Mourdock’s intemperate remarks.

“It’s incredibly irresponsible for anyone to take what Richard said about his views on life to demean his opposition to the detestable act of rape,” McConnell said in a statement printed in Kentucky’s Courier-Journal.

“We’re at the end of an election season here and I understand each side is looking to make hay out of every comment, but sharing the view of millions of Americans that life begins at conception is Richard’s deeply held personal belief that shouldn’t be misconstrued by partisans to imply something it does not,” McConnell said in the statement released late Wednesday.

But there’s more: Arizona Senator John McCain quickly backtracked from his initial statement:

In a debate on Tuesday, Mourdock had declared, “I came to realize life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

Mourdock later sought to clarify that he meant only that the baby’s life was a holy gift, not that God intended women to be raped. The Indiana state treasurer apologized for how people had interpreted his words and specified that he was not apologizing for the sentiments themselves.

Perhaps more startling than McConnell’s support was Sen. John McCain’s announcement. The Arizona Republican, who had withdrawn his backing of Mourdock Wednesday night, backtracked Thursday in a statement from his office that said McCain was satisfied with the “apology.”

“Senator McCain is glad that Mr. Mourdock apologized to the people of Indiana and clarified his previous statement,” said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers. “Senator McCain hopes the people of Indiana will elect Mr. Mourdock to the U.S. Senate.”

Actually, it isn’t startling to those (of us) who supported John McCain in 2000. McCain walked away from his political legacy as a politician who wasn’t lock step once he lost his 2000 bid and has emerged into just one more predictable partisan voice.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) added his support for Mourdock at a campaign stop in Wisconsin, saying that a rape ending in a pregnancy was “horrifying” and that Mourdock’s comments were a reminder to talk about such issues more carefully.

“I think the candidate, Treasurer Mourdock, was right to apologize to anyone who was offended, and I think he was right [on] where he stood on it,” Rubio said. “It’s unfortunate it happened.”

And Mitt Romney? You guessed it:

Even the GOP presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, who had at first distanced himself from Mourdock, declined to withdraw support and refused Thursday to answer questions about the Indiana candidate.

Other GOPers are talking. Romney won’t talk — and that’s perhaps why the announcement came out today that he and runningmate Paul Ryan will do no more network interviews until after the votes are cast.

Prediction: They’ll talk to Sean Hannity before election day.(OOPS! That isn’t a real interview.)

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  • It truly is stuff like this that drives away people my age from the GOP. They’d better be careful because they’re about to lose a whole generation. We need balancing forces, but the GOP of late has been just wacky. I’m frankly tired of it and sick that there isn’t a true opposition party. There’s some merit to the concerns that they continue to focus on the truly absurd because neither party can fix the real problems.

  • ShannonLeee

    There are Christians that believe that everything is part of gods plan…birth, death, rape, holocaust. “everything happens according to gods plan”

    In the context of the statement, If god intended the conception, then he also intended the rape.

    One could argue that mourdock terribly gaffed and in no way meant to call rape a gift. I would say that one should be very careful with their words when talking about rape.

  • Rambie

    The real news here is that Romney/Ryan will NOT do interviews until after the election.

    What chicken-***ts

  • ordinarysparrow

    What planet do these people come from, it is beyond any thought or strategy that can be imagined as to how anyone could ever believe that politicizing rape is a winning strategy… Do these idiots not remember what door they came forth from …. grossly insensitive to the human race…



    ” When life begins with the horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen.” Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (IN) October 23, 2012, one day after being enforsed by Mitt Romney

    ” The right approach is to accept this horribly created, in the sense of rape, but nevertheless…a gift of human life, and accept what God is giving to you.” Republican Senator & Presidential candidate Rick Santorum, January 20,3023

    ” Richard and I, along with millions of Americans… believe that life is a gift from God.” Republican Richard John Cornyn TX, supporting Richard Mourdock’s statement about rape-induced pregnancies— October 24, 2012


    ” If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has a way to shut that whole thing down.” Republican Congressman & Senate candidate Todd Akin, MO — August 20, 2012


    ” If it’s an honest rape, that individual should go immediately to the emergency room, I would given them a shot of estrogen.” Republican Congressman & Presidential candidate Ron Paul, TX— February 3, 2012


    ” It was really an issue about a Catholic church being forced to offer those pills if the person came in in an emergency rape.” Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon, CT, — also confusing churches with hospitals, October 15, 2012


    ” If you go down that road, some girls, they rape so easy.” Republican State Representative Roger Rivard, WI, December 21, 2011 ( endorsed by Paul Ryan on August 9, 3012


    Republican Vice-President nominee Paul Ryan, Todd ” legitimate rape” Akin and 214 other Republicans co-sponsored the ” No Taxplayer Funding for Abortion Act” which would prohibit federal funding of abortions except in instance of an act of forcible rape, or if a minor, an act of incest.” H.R. 3, 112the Congress, January 20th, 2011


    ” If it’s inevitable, just relax and enjoy it.” Republican Gubernatorial candidate Clayton Williams, Tx March 25, 1990

    from Daily Kos, to read more follow link:

  • ordinarysparrow



    ” I lived something similar to that with my own family….put yourself in a father’s situation, yes. It is similar.” Republican Senate candidate Tom Smith, Pa, August 27, 3012, comparing his daughter becoming pregnant out of wedlock to being theoretically raped and impregnated


    ” I think that two wrongs don’t make a right….they had made what was really a lemon situation into lemonade.” Republican Senate candidate about what a 15 year old girl should do if she raped & unoregbated by her father


    ” I would hope that when a woman goes into a physician with a rape issue, that physician will indeed ask her about her perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage or was it truly caused by a rape. I assume that’s part of the counseling that goes on.” Republican State Senator Church Winder, ID, March 19, 3912


    ” The hand of the Almighty is at work. His ways are higher than our ways. He has the ability to take difficult, tragic, horrific circumstances and then turn them into wonderful examples.” Republican State Senator Brent Cane, ID, April 5, 2011


    ” A jury could very well conclude that this is a case of buyer’s remorse…. It appears to me that you invited him over to have sex with him.” Republican Senator Candidate Ken Buck, Co, March 2006, on why, as a DA, he had declined to prosecute a rapist even after the rapist admitted his crime.


    ” This is completely a campaign stunt, and it should be viewed as that…They don’t even know what law they’re talking about.” Republican Congressman Steve King, IA, Nov. 29, 2010, about female Native Americans who protested his vote against strengthening investigations of tribal land rape cases


    ” There was an article about an 11 year old girl who was gang raped in Texas by 18 young men because she was dressed like a 21 year old prostitute. And her parents let her attend school like that. And i think it’s incumbent upon us to create some areas where students can be safe in school and show up in proper attire so what happened in Texas doesn’t happen to our students.” Republican State Rep. Kathleen Passidomo , FL, March 15, 2011

    Why would any woman or man trust vote for politicians that could hold these kinds of sentiments? Someone that leans Right please explain how what political advantage can be gained by politicizing rape?

    I totally do not believe that Mourdock will receive any gain from this…time will tell…it is going to take more than the Republican politicians circling their wagons around Mourdock to get me to believe this will cause more people to vote for the guy…

  • zephyr

    I was just saying something in another thread about the shame and embarrassment threshold for today’s republican party. It seems to be stratospheric. Agree with others amazement that anyone would continue to trust these people, and yet here we are with another close election. Words fail me.

  • slamfu

    I just don’t get how these guys can understand what the 1st amendment is all about, yet still seem to feel justified that their particular religious belief is sufficient for them to impose rules on other people. I find it especially amusing because in Exodus there is a passage that quite clearly states that a fetus is not considered the equal of an actual person under the law.

  • yoopermoose

    “I came to realize life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

    Why not go further. If God intended a pregnancy from rape to happen, then he intended a pregnancy from incest to happen. If a woman dies from a pregnancy, that’s God’s intension that she dies. If a person gets cancer, that’s God’s intension so who are we to intervene with medication.

    Quit frankly, this God the GOP is talking about is no God I want anything to do with.

  • roro80

    Of course they all accept this guy’s apology which boiled down “Sorry if you were offended, but I meant what I said and I said what I meant”. To some people, rape is first and foremost a weapon that slutty women use to besmirch the good reputations of men.

    yooper — yep, exactly. Furthermore, if he meant for men to have full control over all wombs and vaginas, why did he put them in women’s bodies?

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