Mourdock stands by rape comment

Richard Mourdock (R)

Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is standing by his statement that when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape "that's something God intended." He says some people have twisted his comment.

Mourdock said in a news conference Wednesday that he abhors any sexual violence and regrets it if his comment during a debate Tuesday night left another impression. But he also said, "I cannot apologize. I would be any less than faithful to my faith if I did."

"In the debate last evening, I made a comment that I made quite honestly from the deepest roots and the greatest base of my faith which is to say that I believe life is precious. I believe that to the marrow of my bones. I believe that life itself is the greatest gift that God can give us and I know because - polling shows it - at least 80 percent of all Americans and I'm sure at least that many Hoosiers think that God is the author of all life. I stand firmly on that belief," he said.

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and other Republicans have distanced themselves from Mourdock's stance. However, Romney and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan have endorsed Mourdock, and a campaign ad is currently running which features Romney's endorsement of Mourdock.

Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the Romney campaign did not have plans to ask Mourdock's campaign to pull the endorsement ad.

Mourdock went on to say, "I absolutely abhor violence. I abhor any kind of sexual violence. I abhor rape and I am absolutely confident as I stand here that the God that I worship abhors violence, abhors sexual violence and abhors rape. And the God that I worship would never, ever want to see evil done. That is an element of my faith. God doesn't want evil. But occasionally it happens. Sadly, it happens."

Mourdock: "Humbled"

"As this has unfolded, I've come to understand through my faith over many, many years that humility is an important part of faith. I am a much more humble person this morning because so many people mistook, twisted, came to misunderstand the points I was trying to make. If because of the lack of clarity of my words that they came away with an impression other than those what I stated a moment ago - that life is precious and that I abhor violence and I'm confident God abhors violence and rape, if they came away with any impression other than that, I truly regret it. I apologize if they came away, and I've certainly been humbled by the fact that so many people think that that somehow was an interpretation."

Mourdock added, "For those who want to kind of twist the comments and use them for partisan political gain, I think that's what's wrong with Washington these days. I spoke from my heart. I spoke from my principle. I spoke from my faith and if others wish to try to turn those words and somehow use them against me, again, that's what's wrong with Washington. It is win at any cost. Let's make up issues when we can't find any real ones. Let's distort. Let's deceive."

Mourdock said his campaign is moving on from the controversy.

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