Romney distances himself from Mourdock's rape remark

McClatchy NewspapersOctober 24, 2012 

The Democratic National Committee is seizing on remarks made tonight during an Indiana Senate debate in which Republican candidate Richard Mourdock said that he opposes abortion even in the case of rape because a pregnancy from rape is "something God intended to happen."

The committee in a release highlighted the fact that Romney endorsed Mourdock, even cutting a television spot for him.

The Romney camp sought to distance itself from Mourdock's remarks, though it stopped short of pulling the endorsement.

"Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock's comments, and they do not reflect his views," said spokeswoman Andrea Saul.

The remarks are the latest rape and abortion-related headache for Republicans, who tried (unsuccessfully) to push Missouri Republican Todd Akin out of the running when he told an interviewer that victims of "legitimate rape" rarely got pregnant. He's still in the race, but the race in Republican-rich Missouri is unexpectedly tight.

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