GOP tries to move past Mourdock comment on rape


With less than two weeks until Election Day, Senate candidate Richard Mourdock and Republicans nationally are trying to move past his comment about pregnancy and rape.

But Senate Democrats announced Thursday they would spend $1.1 million keeping the remark alive and linking it to GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. Mourdock's comment this week that a rape resulting in pregnancy was God's will_and his refusal to apologize_has dominated the nation's political landscape.

President Barack Obama criticized Mourdock's comment, saying "rape is rape." Romney's campaign issued a statement saying he disagrees with Mourdock, but would keep on the air an ad in which the former Massachusetts governor endorses him.

At stake are women voters that could be critical to both the presidential race and the battle for control of the Senate.

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