Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign said on Wednesday that Romney still supports Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock after he claimed that a baby conceived from rape “is something that God intended to happen," reports RawStory.com.
During a debate Tuesday night, Mourdock said: “I believe life begins at conception. The only exception I have for to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape. It is something that God intended to happen” (video below).
Earlier this year, Romney endorsed Mourdock and recorded an ad to support him (video below). Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s super PAC also donated $5,000 to Mourdock in June.
Romney campaign spokesperson Andrea Saul said on Wednesday in a statement: “Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock, and Mr. Mourdock’s comments do not reflect Gov. Romney’s views. We disagree on the policy regarding exceptions for rape and incest but still support him.”
Mourdock held a press conference on Wednesday (video below) and refused to apologize or take back what said. Instead, he blamed those who quoted him correctly and claimed that the controversy demonstrates “what’s wrong with Washington today.”
He also reiterated that women should be able to get abortions if raped.