Obama slams Mourdock rape comments
The Tea Party-backed Republican in Indiana’s Senate race, Richard Mourdock, said during a debate Tuesday night that when pregnancy results from rape, that is “something God intended.”
Asked about Mourdock’s comment Wednesday on “The Tonight Show,” Obama told host Jay Leno, quote: “Rape is rape. It is a crime.”
Obama says such remarks reflect why politicians, mostly male, shouldn’t be making decisions about women’s health care. He also says that women are capable of making their own decisions and that intrusions by politicians is part of what’s at stake in the presidential election.
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Just as Mitt Romney and other Republicans had cut into the Democrats’ advantage with female voters, Mourdock’s awkward remark has propelled the emotional issue of abortion back to the political forefront. It’s put GOP candidates in tight races, from the presidential candidate on down, on the defensive.