“Life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen.” — Indiana U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (R), at a debate tonight with Rep. Joe Donnelly (D).
CSMonitor: Richard Mourdock, the Republican Senate candidate from Indiana who made a controversial statement concerning the will of God and rape, refused to apologize for his remarks Wednesday.
Mitt Romney’s one endorsement:
Romney will pretend to disagree with Mourdock’s “policy” while continuing to support him: “Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock, and Mr. Mourdock’s comments do not reflect Gov. Romney’s views,” Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. “We disagree on the policy regarding exceptions for rape and incest but still support him.” – Washington Post
Charlie Pierce: “Tell me again that I don’t have to worry about Romney’s having two or three Supreme Court appointments to make, or about a Senate full of Richard Mourdocks passing judgment on them.”
Think Progress: John McCain, who’s not running a campaign this year, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Wednesday night that he would withhold his support until Mourdock “apologizes and says he misspoke, and he was wrong and he asks the people to forgive him” However, McCain hasn’t pulled an ad he made for Mourdock earlier, or explicitly renounced him.
Think Progress: As of 1:30 pm, Fox News had not mentioned Richard Mourdock or the word “rape” in connection to Mourdock even once. In comparison, other cable networks are covering Mourdock and the fallout from his comments exhaustively. MSNBC mentioned “rape” in 15 segments about Mourdock, while CNN mentioned it 22 times. [...] When Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) made his highly-covered blunder, claiming that women could not get pregnant from “legitimate rape,” Fox barely mentioned his name. Though Fox may continue to ignore these controversies, stories of Republican candidates’ extreme positions on abortion and contraception are becoming all too common in the news cycle.