“I’ve struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God,” Mr. Mourdock said. “And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” ...NYT
Thus sayeth Indiana's Republican Senate candidate, Richard Mourdock. He is still supported by Romney who stand by him, if not his beliefs. That's an "if." Later Mourdock walked it all back a little way, saying that god doesn't want rape... but...
...Then there's political reality.
Mourdock, who beat longtime Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) in a primary earlier this year, is locked in a tight race with Donnelly despite Indiana’s Republican lean.
For the national GOP, it’s a potential case of deja vu. The party’s chances in the Missouri Senate race plummeted when newly minted nominee Rep. Todd Akin remarked in August that “legitimate rape” rarely causes pregnancy.
Akin has since apologized for the comment but is struggling both in the polls and in fundraising. GOP leaders tried unsuccessfully to push him out of the race so they could get a different candidate. ...WaPo