Statements on Mourdock’s debate comment - Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

Statements on Mourdock’s debate comment


The following are statements received by FOX28 on Republican Richard Mourdock's comments during Tuesday's Senate Debate:

Richard Mourdock campaign statement

"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," stated Richard Mourdock.

Joe Donnelly campaign statement

"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."

Jackie Walorski campaign statement

"I strongly disagree with Mr. Mourdock's statements during last night's Senate debate and would urge him to apologize.  I have been clear on my views, I am pro-life with the exceptions of incest, rape, and life of the mother," said Jackie Walorski in a statement.

Brendan Mullen campaign statement

"Last night, extremist Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said he would force a woman who becomes pregnant from a rape to keep the pregnancy because it's ‘God's will,'" said Andy Reynolds, Mullen's campaign manager.

"Representative Jackie Walorski shares Richard Mourdock's position 100% – she would also deny women who are victims of rape or incest and become pregnant the right to decide what to do. 

"That's too extreme for Indiana, and it's the kind of outside-the-mainstream, mean-spirited hyper-partisanship we have come to expect from Representative Jackie Walorski"

Kevin Boyd campaign statement

"Rape is an act of violence and human willfulness, not an act of God.  Such a view as Richard Mourdock's lacks compassion for the rape victim, and demonstrates a deficit of understanding concerning the psychological and emotional damage resulting from such a heinous act," said Kevin Boyd.
"My opponent, Marlin Stutzman, has endorsed Richard Mourdock as a mainstream Republican.  I hardly think so.  I call on Mr. Stutzman to publicly withdraw his endorsement of Mr. Mourdock and to make it clear where he stands."

Mike Pence campaign statement

Please click here for statement

John Gregg campaign statement

"I was shocked by Richard Mourdock's comments regarding survivors of rape.  Rape is rape, and statements like these rub salt in the wounds of sexual assault survivors everywhere," said Gregg.

"Unfortunately this extreme way of thinking has found its way into our political discourse more and more. Hoosiers have a choice in this election between honoring the Mitch Daniels truce on social issues, and the uncompromising, Pence-Mourdock Tea Party extremism on display tonight. Congressman Pence did not stand up when Mourdock attacked Richard Lugar in the primary and he did not take a stand against Todd Akin this fall."

"As a woman and a mother, I was appalled by Richard Mourdock's insensitive and incendiary comments tonight. Congressman Pence has stood with Mourdock on this issue before. As Election Day approaches, Hoosier voters deserve to know whether or not Congressman Pence shares Mourdock's extreme beliefs," said Gregg's running mate Senator Vi Simpson.

Obama campaign statement

Please click here for statement

Romney campaign statement

Please click here for statement

Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown statement

Please click here for statement

National Republican Senatorial Committee statement

"Richard and I, along with millions of Americans – including even Joe Donnelly – believe that life is a gift from God.  To try and construe his words as anything other than a restatement of that belief is irresponsible and ridiculous.  In fact, rather than condemning him for his position, as some in his party have when it's come to Republicans, I commend Congressman Donnelly for his support of life," said Senator John Cornyn, Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee

 "But this election is about big ideas and the reality that our country is going in the wrong direction.  If you support Obamacare, government bailouts, reckless spending and higher taxes than you should vote for Joe Donnelly.  But if you believe, as I do, that our government is too big, our taxes are too high, and we are passing an irresponsible debt onto future generations, than Richard Mourdock is your candidate to help get our country back on track."   

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee statement

"While Mitt Romney is rightly distancing himself from Richard Mourdock today, his ad endorsing Mourdock's extreme candidacy continues to air in Indiana.  If Mitt Romney is serious about repudiating these heinous views on rape, he will take down this ad immediately.  National Republicans cannot paper over Richard Mourdock's heinous views on rape.  Enough is enough.  The Republican Party needs to stop the coddling and take a stand against the horribly offensive and dangerous views of the Tea Party and their extreme candidates," said Senator Patty Murray, Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Indiana Democratic Party statement

"Richard Mourdock is trying to walk away from his reprehensible comments last night and claim that we misrepresented his assertion that pregnancies resulting from rape are part of God's will. His Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, who won't say if he still endorses Mourdock, took his words that way. I'm a pro-life Catholic, and I took his words that way. What he said was extreme and terribly disrespectful to rape victims, and he knows it. Before last night, Richard Mourdock was just a Tea Party Zealot, now he is an extreme Tea Party Zealot. He just disqualified himself to be Indiana's next U.S. Senator," said Indiana Democratic Party Chair Dan Parker.

Susan B. Anthony List statement

"Richard Mourdock said that life is always a gift from God, and we couldn't agree more. To report his statement as an endorsement of rape is either willfully ignorant or malicious. Congressman Donnelly should not underestimate our ability to understand Mourdock's meaning.  During the same debate, the Congressman once again claimed that he was a pro-life candidate. Actions speak louder than words, and Joe Donnelly's vote forcing taxpayers to pay for abortions under Obamacare is all Hoosiers need to know about where Joe Donnelly really stands,"  said President Marjorie Dannenfelser.

Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault statement

"There is never an excuse, invitation, or any plausible reason to ever rape anyone. Survivors of these attacks must remember that it is never their fault, they are not alone, and that there is help," said Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault Chief Executive Officer, Anita Carpenter. "God does not allow anyone to force his/her will over another. It is not His will that someone be raped. The act of rape is not condoned by God. It is an act of violence, power, and control over another human being. His voice on the subject of rape is quite clear. (Deuteronomy 22:25 "But if out in the country a man happens to meet a girl pledged to be married and rapes her, only the man who has done this shall die. 22:26 Do nothing to the girl for she has committed no sin deserving death") The argument here is not that life is a gift from God but rather that rape is an illegal, immoral and unjust act that cannot be tolerated in our society.   We need to stop placing blame and responsibility on the victim.  The responsibility of rape lies squarely and plainly on the shoulders of perpetrators who choose to assert their free will over another. Rape is not something God intended," said Carpenter.

"Our thoughts are with the 1 in 6 women and 1 in 12 men in the state of Indiana that are survivors of rape that felt re-victimized by Mr. Mourdock's comments during last nights Senatorial debate. Our agency's continual efforts to advocate for and support the decisions of survivors in their time of healing is unwavering", said Carpenter. 

Indiana Right to Life PAC statement

"Tonight, Richard Mourdock showed Hoosiers that he will stand up for all innocent, human life once elected to the U.S. Senate. Richard recognizes what our Founding Fathers wisely proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence. They declared that we are endowed by our Creator with the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," said Chairman Mike Fichter.

"Rape is a vile act, committed in evil. When a pregnancy results out of this horrific crime, every bit of care and love must be shown to the victim. We believe that life begins at fertilization and with fertilization comes the right to life as affirmed in the Declaration of Independence.

"While the senate debate in New Albany, Ind. was going on tonight, in West Lafayette, Ind., Rebecca Kiessling was addressing a Tippecanoe County Right to Life event. Rebecca was conceived in rape. Even though her mother attempted to abort her on two occasions, Rebecca was born and she gives a face to someone conceived in rape. Only God can know the purpose for all human life whether conceived in rape, an unplanned pregnancy or planned circumstances.

"We find it reprehensible that Joe Donnelly would try to make rape a political issue. That type of rhetoric is disrespectful in and of itself to rape victims and individuals conceived in rape.

"Richard Mourdock is our pro-life choice for U.S. Senate and we look forward to him representing Hoosier values in Washington."

Planned Parenthood Action Fund statement

"Richard Mourdock's remarks about rape are reprehensible and especially outrageous coming from a major party candidate for the U.S. Senate. This isn't just about what politicians like Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin, Steve King and Joe Walsh say -- it's about the policies they would enact in partnership with a Romney/Ryan Administration.  These are the very politicians that Mitt Romney has promised to put in charge of a woman's personal health care decisions," said Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President.

"Mitt Romney and Richard Mourdock share an allegiance to the Republican Party platform, which would ban safe and legal abortion without any exceptions, give full constitutional rights to fertilized eggs, and repeal the birth control benefit.

"Richard Mourdock is the only Senate candidate in the country that with a TV ad starring Mitt Romney.  It's not enough for the Romney campaign to issue a tepid statement 'disagreeing' with Richard Mourdock's appalling remarks. Mitt Romney must immediately rescind his endorsement of Murdock and demand that Murdock take down the campaign ads featuring him."

Powered by WorldNow

Fox 28

58096 County Road 7, South
Elkhart, IN 46517

Switchboard: 574.679.9758
News Phone: 574.679.4545
Station Fax: 574.294.1267

All content ©Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSJV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Heather Stewart at (574) 343-5310. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at