Here we go again with comments by a Republican U.S. Senate candidate about rape. First it was Todd Akin in Missouri and now Richard Mourdock is getting slammed for comments he made in a debate.
Here’s what he said:
“I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
Mourdock is getting ripped for saying that and Mitt Romney is distancing himself from the comments even though he supports Mourdock in the race.
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Mourdock has since come out with a statement saying the following:
"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.”
Romney’s campaign put out a statement saying the following:
“Governor Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock’s comments, and they do not reflect his views.”
Look, let’s get real here okay? Mourdock wasn’t saying that it is God’s intention for women to be raped. Give me a break. Many liberals and Democrats are spinning it that way for political purposes. Mourdock was trying to make the larger point that God is sovereign and in control of ALL events and can use horrible situations like that and use it for good.
Now, admittedly he was clumsy in his delivery and he needed to say it a different way. Still, it’s interesting how the Romney campaign is so quick to dismiss Mourdock’s comments. The campaign really wants nothing to do with anything surrounding a pro-life issue and the minute liberals and the media make a big deal about the comments, the Romney campaign is quick to distance themselves. It's all political because they want to be stereotyped as right wing.
They did the same thing with Akin. Wouldn’t have this been a good time for Romney to point out that fact that all life does comes from God? Did he just have to dismiss Mourdock so quickly? Couldn’t the campaign make a distinction between the way Mourdock delivered those comments and his true intention?
What this should show conservative pro-life Americans is that Romney doesn’t really have any appetite to wade in to the abortion issue as president. He’ll do what he has to do to keep the base happy but it’s not an issue that a President Romney is going to stick his neck out on the line for or spend any political capital.