- Posted October 24, 2012 by
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Mourdock Steps In It
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
Last week in my latest edition of The Cornfield OOps! File, I chastised Republican male candidates and elected officials for opening their mouths about women's issues and particularly remarks about abortion. Last night during a televised senatorial candidate debate in New Albany, Indiana, State Treasurer and Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock in the closing minutes of that forum opened his mouth and stepped in it big time on the issue of abortion.
When asked his view on abortion and if there were exceptions, Mourdock said, "I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."
While Mourdock was, according to a clarification within minutes of the end of the debate, trying to point out his belief that life was a creation of God, the damage was already done. Democrats immediately siezed on the last phrase, "God intended to happen", that Mourdock was saying that rape was something God preordained.
His Democratic opponent, Congressman Joe Donelly, is also pro-life and conservative, which is typical of Democrats here in the Cornfield. Donnelly remarked after the debate his belief when it came to rape that it was infeasible, "my God, or any God, would intend that to happen."
A new ad was released yesterday in Indiana in which GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney endorsed Mourdock's bid for the Senate. Romney quickly distanced himself last night from the remark, reaffirming his stand that there are exceptions for rape, incest and the viability of mother and/or child.
I have previously stated shortly after Mourdock unseated incumbent Senator Richard Lugar in the May Republican Primary, that I could not support Mourdock.
I also wrote shortly after Lugar lost to Mourdock in May:
Why Mourdock is not the right man to elect come November is best summed up in this remark from Mourdock:
"I have a mindset that says bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view."
For that reason alone I must vote for his Democratic opponent in the fall.
Mourdock's remark last night reemphasizes why I still intend to vote for Donnelly on November 6 to take the seat in the Senate.
The Indiana Senate race has been the subject of national attention since the fate of who controls the US Senate could very well turn on whether Mourdock or Donnelly wins. While I would rather see a Republican majority in the Senate, I cannot in good conscience vote for Mourdock.
Sometimes one has to vote conscience and not be concerned whether Democrats or Republicans are in control. As I noted, from when I was a reporter for the Linton Daily Citizen, I first met Mourdock when he was in the early days of his political career. Last spring I shared my impression of meeting Mourdock and covering his campaign, which did not win:
Mourdock came across all those years ago as a slick con man, the stereotypical politician you have to grease to have influence. That was just my impression.
To his credit, Republican Congressman Mike Pence, who is running to replace popular Governor Mitch Daniels, released a statement earlier today saying he disagrees with Mourdock. Pence went on to call for Mourdock to apologize.
Mourdock did conduct a press conference this morning trying to undo the damage he had done. Mourdock stated that he "abhors violence." He stated that he does "implore evil". He went on to apologize if anyone took his remark to mean that God approves of rape. He said he "regrets and apologizes" if there are those who took what he said to imply God condoned rape.
From the Cornfield, Mourdock stepped in it and proved once again why he is not good for Indiana and not good for the nation with so many weighty issues and concerns which the US Senate must face in the coming 6 years.