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 life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.
~ Indiana Republican Candidate Richard Mourdock
The words "gift" and "rape" do not often occur in the same sentence, especially in the final days of a Senate campaign.
~ Adam Clark Estes on Atlantic Wire
Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock's comments, and they do not reflect his views. We disagree on the policy regarding exceptions for rape and incest but still support him.
~ Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul
This fall, I'm supporting Richard Mourdock for Senate. As state treasurer, Richard worked with Gov. Daniels to balance the budget, and make government more accountable. As senator, Richard will be the 51st vote to repeal and replace government-run healthcare. Richard will help stop the liberal Reid-Pelosi agenda. With so much at stake, I hope you'll join me in supporting Richard Mourdock for U.S. Senate.
~ Mitt Romney in Campaign Ad for Richard Mourdock
The President felt those comments were outrageous and demeaning to women. This is a reminder that a Republican Congress working with a Republican president, Mitt Romney, would feel that women should not be able to make choices about their own health care. And this is an issue where Mitt Romney is starring in an ad for this senator. And it is perplexing that he wouldn't demand to have that ad taken down.
~ Jen Psaki, Obama's traveling press secretary, via CBS News
Mitt's man Mourdock apes Akin in Indiana debate, reflecting a GOP that is way out of mainstream.bit.ly/WHrFpq— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) October 24, 2012
FEC filings reveal that Paul Ryan's Prosperity PAC made a payment of $5,000 on June 26 to Richard Mourdock.
Mourdock has received tens of thousands of dollars more from other lawmakers' leadership PACs. Mourdock backers include Sens. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), John Barasso (R-Wyo.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who is a top Romney campaign adviser.
~ Mother Jones
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.
~ Mourdock explaining his original comment on WTHR News, Indianapolis
I think rape is a heinous and violent crime in every instance. The God I believe in, and the God I know most Hoosiers believe in, does not intend for rape to happen--ever. What Mr. Mourdock said is shocking, and it is stunning that he would be so disrespectful to survivors of rape.
~ retort by Democratic Candidate and Mourdock's opponent, Joe Donnelly of Indiana
I strongly disagree with the statement made by Richard Mourdock during last night's Senate debate. I urge him to apologize.
~ Republican Congressman Mike Pence, running for Gov. of Indiana
Women of American out there, beware. There's a crowd out there that doesn't believe in you. You go through the terror of rape for example and they question your word. They say 'you better have that baby or you're goin' to jail.' Check the Republican platform that came out of Tampa. 14th Amendment rights to the fertilized egg. What about the woman's rights you might ask. Personhood for the unborn, from conception. What about the woman's right to control her personhood? And the attacks continue.
Now a close Romney ally in Indiana has put out word he would criminalize abortion even if the woman was raped. For more than a year we've heard this stuff, and it's headed right for the White House. People scoffed when Rick Santorum pushed to stop contraception - Now the Republicans are all pushing a measure to let bosses deny coverage for birth control simply by saying they don't believe in it. Bosses get to decide.
All this from a party that wants to dismember Medicare, erase health care, kill the federal effort for better education. Romney's right, it's not about Big Bird. It's about the bird-brained notions you and the hard Right are running in this campaign on.
~ Chris Matthews on Hardball
Worlds Collide: Donald Trump Donated Heavily To Mourdock buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynsk…— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) October 24, 2012
Romney's TV ad endorsing Mourdock is still running in Indiana.Disgusting— Karen Finney (@finneyk) October 24, 2012
How can Mourdock advocate for women's issues on any subject if he views women in this manner. I have to spell it out for slow Republicans.— Ed Schultz (@WeGotEd) October 24, 2012