Mourdock: "It's been a very humbling week"

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Indiana Republican Senatorial candidate Richard Mourdock says he's ready to move on from his comments earlier this week that made national headlines.

During a debate Tuesday, Mourdock said that pregnancy from rape is something God intended.

"Life is a gift from God. I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that's something God intended to happen," Mourdock said in Tuesday's debate.

Mourdock spoke to Eyewitness News for a one-on-one interview Friday morning. He said it's been a "difficult week" after his comments that launched him into the national spotlight.

"All of us who walk up to a microphone worry about whether we can keep our inner Joe Biden under control," Mourdock said. "That when you say something that gets twisted; you know what you meant to say and it was misunderstood. So it has been a very humbling week. I am a person of faith, I made a statement of my faith but it's been a very humbling week."

"When you say 'twisted' do you mean people misunderstood and twisted your remarks or you got a little twisted when you said it?" Eyewitness News asked.

"I suppose I could argue both. I've had people who watched it and people who read it say, 'That is exactly right, Richard,' and I have had other people say, 'What did you mean by this?' I guess it is open to interpretation but you know I certainly feel bad anyone misinterpreted my comments, certainly my faith and my God does not condone rape," said Mourdock. " I want to ensure all women my sense of faith is that my God would not want to see anyone harmed. My God is a god of peace not of violence."

President Barack Obama was one of several political candidates to react to Mourdock's remarks.

"These attempts to redefine rape make no sense to me," he said on Air Force One.

The president later reiterated the comments on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

"Rape is rape. It's a crime," Obama said.

"I never thought I would be commented on by the President of the United States, but if he wants to talk about the race for Indiana Senate, I will pay for his airfare to come in and campaign for Joe Donnelly. If he wants to tie himself to that issue, come on down. We'd love it," Mourdock said.

Mourdock's comments are also now being used in an attack ad by a Super PAC supporting Democrat Joe Donnelly, his opponent.

"God intended a woman be raped and become pregnant? Even Mitt Romney and Mike Pence believe Richard Mourdock went too far," the newly-released ad states.

"Richard has had $5-6 million ads thrown at him in negative spots since the primary, so what is another couple million? I think he gets through this week fine and heads down this final stretch toward Election Day in good shape," said Eric Holcomb, chairman of the State Republican Party.

On this week's "Indiana Insiders" on Channel 13, Democratic analyst Robin Winston wasn't so sure.

"This race should not be this competitive. This is a Republican-leaning state. This should be a Republican-leaning race. Every poll should be leaning Republican and it's a toss-up and maybe leaning Democrat at this point," Winston said.

With 10 days to go until the election, Republicans are still ill at ease on the issue, at best.

As far as the comment's effect on the polls, Republicans say they have a poll from after the debate that shows the race a dead heat at 44 percent for both Mourdock and Donnelly. The Democrats released a poll Friday which shows their candidate ahead 47-40.

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