Republican Senatorial Candidate Richard Mourdock made national news in a debate on October 23, 2012. In response to an abortion question asked of all the candidates, Mourdock made the following statement:
“I too certainly stand for life. I know there are some who disagree and I respect their point of view but I believe that life begins at conception. The only exception I have for, to have an abortion in that case of the life of the mother. I just, I struggled with it myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God. And I think even when live begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something that God intended to happen.”
Congressmen Joe Donnelly, Mourdock's Democratic opponent in the race, quickly pounced on the remark and claimed that Mourdock - and his God - supported rape. Donnelly's allies in the MSM from across the country (from the LA Time to the NY Times) have repeated the allegations. The most common headline is a variation of Richard Mourdock On Abortion: Pregnancy From Rape Is 'Something God Intended'.
Mourdock stands by his comments and on October 24, 2012, issued the following statement.
"God creates life, and that was my point. God does not want rape, and by no means was I suggesting that he does. Rape is a horrible thing, and for anyone to twist my words otherwise is absurd and sick."
The Susan B. Anthony List has come out swinging in support of Mourdock. They issued the following statement.
"Richard Mourdock said that life is always a gift from God, and we couldn’t agree more. To report his statement as an endorsement of rape is either willfully ignorant or malicious. Congressman Donnelly should not underestimate our ability to understand Mourdock’s meaning. During the same debate, the Congressman once again claimed that he was a pro-life candidate. Actions speak louder than words, and Joe Donnelly’s vote forcing taxpayers to pay for abortions under Obamacare is all Hoosiers need to know about where Joe Donnelly really stands.”
The SBA List is targeting Joe Donnelly with a $90,000 television ad and mail campaign designed "to educate voters on Indiana senate candidate Rep. Joe Donnelly’s record of voting for taxpayer funding of abortion by supporting Obamacare." CatholicVote.org and the Indiana Right to Life PAC have also come out in strong support of Mourdock.
In sharp contrast, the Republican establishment - including Mike Pence and John McCain - have sought to distance themselves from the remarks. In a statement released to the media, Mike Pence said “I strongly disagree with the statement made by Richard Mourdock during last night’s Senate debate.” Pence then urged Mourdock to apologize. It is unclear for which part of the remarks Mourdock should apologize. Was it for saying that the gift of all life is from God?
Mitt Romney has also sought to distance himself from the remarks. In a statement to the Washington Post, the Romney campaign said it disagreed with Mourdock on exceptions made for rape and incest. Romney also said that he continued to support Mourdock. Media reports have erroneously reported that Romney has abandoned Mourdock - ala Todd Akin.
It is clear based on the actual transcript that Mourdock's remarks were not a gaffe. He was very clear in what he said. Donnelly and the MSM have distorted the remarks, edited them out of context, and then attacked. In response, the typical hand-wringers on the right have bemoaned another "gaffe" and some have even longed for the RINO Lugar. Give me a break. Mourdock is simply the victim of a hit-job performed by a MSM that has no moral compass. No one can insulate themselves from a media machine that will lie to create a story where none exists. Instead of being a "Nancy" and throwing a good fiscal and social conservative under the bus, how about you strike back hard instead of falling for the media spin.
Donate to Richard Mourdock at the Conservative Senate Fund. I just did.