Richard Mourdock’s Akin-esque Gaffe
posted at 7:44 am on October 24, 2012 by Matt Vespa
An emergency memo needs to be sent out. The words “rape” and “pregnancy” shall never be used in the same sentence ever again – especially for Republican candidates. This latest incident involving Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is another example that some Republicans are incapable of holding back their socially conservative beliefs in an election where such views don’t matter. In short, a woman getting raped and becoming pregnancy as a result maybe “something that God intended to happen ,” according to Mr. Mourdock.
‘I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God,’ Mourdock said at a debate. ‘And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.’
(Video of the remark has been removed from YouTube but is available here from CSPAN.)
Mourdock appeared to be choking up as he made the comments. He also noted that, while he doesn’t believe in abortion in the case of rape and incest, he does believe it should be used to save the life of the mother.
Democrats immediately pounced on the comment, suggesting that Mourdock was saying God intended for rapes to occur.
‘The God I believe in and the God I know most Hoosiers believe in, does not intend for rape to happen — ever,’ Mourdock’s opponent, Rep. Joe Donnelly (D), said in a statement. ‘What Mr. Mourdock said is shocking, and it is stunning that he would be so disrespectful to survivors of rape.’
Mourdock’s campaign clarified after the debate that Mourdock was not saying that God intends for rapes to occur.
‘God creates life, and that was my point,’ Mourdock said in the statement. ‘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.’
It’s fine to say God creates life, but you don’t have to invoke rape to convey that point. There is nothing wrong with social conservatism, but this is an election about the economy. It’s the Democrats who want to make it an election about abortion, contraception, and other goodies that drive their base into a frenzy over the so-called Republican ‘war on women,’ and Mourdock didn’t help us pivot away from that whirlpool.
Furthermore, in a race as critical as Indiana, I would have assumed Mourdock would’ve tread more carefully answering the question. You can’t count Rep. Joe Donnelly out of this race.