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UPDATE: Mourdock stands by rape comment

Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock stands behind the statement he made in Tuesday night's when a woman is impregnated during a rape, "it's something God intended."

Mourdock attempted to clarify his statement Wednesday morning, saying he cherishes life, abhors any sexual violence, and regrets if his comment during the debate left another impression.  He has said that some people are twisting his words.

Mourdock was asked Tuesday during the final minutes of a debate whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest.  He replied: "I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that's something God intended to happen."

In response to Mourdock's comment, Democratic candidate Joe Donnelly said after 

"I think rape is a heinous and violent crime in every instance," said Donnelly, "The God I believe in and the God I know most Hoosiers believe in, does not intend for rape to happen--ever. What Mr. Mourdock said is shocking, and it is stunning that he would be so disrespectful to survivors of rape."

In a release following the debate Mourdock stated, "God creates life, and that was my point. God does not want rape, and by no means was I suggesting that He does. Rape is a horrible thing, and for anyone to twist my words otherwise is absurd and sick."

Mourdock's statement has garnered national attention, with several GOP members, including Mitt Romney and Mike Pence, publicly distancing themselves from the State Treasurer.  The president weighed in last night calling the statement "outrageous."

Libertarian candidate Andrew Horner, who participated in Tuesday's debate as well, defended Mourdock's statements saying, "You probably don't know how hard it is to stand up before cameras in this tense situation and try to say what you mean, and not say anything stupid. To do this with a clock ticking, and only a minute to be specific, clear and intelligible, is apparently impossible."

You can see more responses to Mourdock's comments here.

Mourdock and Donnelly have been locked in a tight race since the Republican primary in May, when Mourdock defeated longtime GOP Sen. Richard Lugar.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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