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Mourdock fallout now includes White House

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The political fallout continues from a controversial statement made by Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock during Tuesday night's debate, including reaction from President Barack Obama.

The President was a guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He was the only guest on the show and answered questions on a variety of topics. At one point Leno asked Obama about Richard Mourdock's now famous statement during a debate Tuesday when the senate candidate was asked about his stance on abortion.

Obama told host Jay Leno, "Rape is rape. It is a crime." Obama said such remarks reflect why politicians, mostly male, shouldn't be making decisions about women's health care.  That comment drew loud applause from Leno's studio audience.

John McCain, who campaigned in Indianapolis just last week on behalf of Mourdock, said Wednesday his support for the candidate hinges on Mourdock apologizing and saying he misspoke and asking for forgiveness. Mourdock did issue an apology as part of an explanation yesterday, but it's unclear if that's enough for McCain. 

"I spoke from my heart. And speaking from my heart, speaking from the deepest level of my faith, I would not apologize. I would be less than faithful if I said anything other than life is precious, I believe it's a gift from God," Mourdock said at a news conference Wednesday.

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