October 26th, 2012
09:59 AM ET
6 years ago

Controversies dim GOP hopes to take over Senate

Washington (CNN) - Even before a second Republican Senate candidate tripped over incendiary comments about rape, GOP leaders in Washington knew that their once promising chances of winning control of the Senate had diminished.

Whether Richard Mourdock of Indiana can move past his controversial remarks and stabilize his campaign remains to be seen. Either way, once confident Republicans across the country now face the nail-biting final days of campaigning and a highly uncertain outcome on Election Day.


Filed under: 2012 • Republicans • Senate
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. LegalizeReason

    They already control the Senate through the abuse of the clothure rule. The GOP has no interest in helping the American people – vote them out.

    October 26, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |

    Straight Dem ticket. Republicans must go!!!

    October 26, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. Pete

    Republicans keep shooting themselves in the foot with their hateful rants and ignorent statements that just put more nails in their coffins,isn't it a shame...Your ignorent racist bunch with Sununu,Akins,Thompson and Mourdock and their leader the Mormon moron the wolf in sheeps clothing are just to arrogent to realize what damage they've done but that's normal for republicans they screwed things up nationally for years so what's new!Mourdock trying to apologize but digging a bigger hole for himself and arrogent,ignorent Romney not taking down his endorsement ad of him,that's how republicans work with in your face hatred and their agenda of only helping themselves at Americas expense.It's been this way for years and about time Americans should say enough and send them packing,we need help not hate so republicans step aside for 4 more years of Pres.Obama/ Biden the ones that'll help America,not hinder it!!

    October 26, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. Chester

    It is so hard to believe at this day and age that there are groups still out there that do not understand women rights. As for Mourdock statement, I find it hard to believe that someone would say something so off the wall. GOD must has to take a second look after that was said. The republicans needs to get off their butts and fully understand that the world is moving forward not back. I am a male and I do not agree that men should be the ones making laws on how women should take care of them self. I feel that women know what is best for them. If this is how he feels how many more republicans out there feel the same way.

    October 26, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. Ray E. (Georgia)

    It puzzles me of where all these rape questions are coming from. We already have laws covering these things. So, it must be the Liberal Press trying to sell us a pig in a poke If people want the economy to come back we need to get rid of Obama Care and strangling regulations that have killed jobs the last 4 years. For that we need new leadership, make that leadership period. For the last 4 years there has been no leadership coming out of the White House. Time for change.

    October 26, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Miss Demeanor

    This is about classic fundamentalist dogma for explaining rape or any other form of misery (they have the same response for victims of natural disasters and so on) . The idea for their religion began with the cave man who reassured his clan that he had connections with the Invisible Friend who could stop the volcano from burning down their village next time... just give me ten percent of what you make. The clan members did but a few years later, the volcano erupted again. His answer? The same one of two answers that fundamentalists use today, either: "Gawwwwd wanted this to happen" or "You had it coming (the easy choice if the rape victim was wearing a short skirt or tight clothes)". A major problem with fundamentalism is that you can only believe their easy-to-swallow explanations by living in denial... denying that their is really no justification for an all-knowing, loving, all-powerful god to let misery and suffering occur when that god could prevent it from ever happening in the first place.

    October 26, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |

    VOTE ALL the Repubtes OUT!
    Vote OBAMA to save WOMEN'S RIGHTS

    October 26, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. Of course.

    Spending by each President for budgets they actually wrote. passed and

    Reagan 1982-85 increase of 8.7%
    Reagan 1985-89 increase of 4.9%
    GHWBush 1990-93 increase of 5.4%
    Clinton 1994-97 increase of 3.2%
    Clinton 1998-01 increase of 3.9%
    GWBush 2002-05 increase of 7.3%
    GWBush 2006-09 increase of 8.1%
    Obama 2010-13 increase of 1.4%

    October 26, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. The REAL Truth...

    Regardless of how Mourdock and Akin spin their commentary, the American people see the REAL Truth behind their statements on rape. When are these old white men going to stop trying to control women's birth rights. They are not pro-life.. they are pro-BIRTH. Once you are born, they want to use you as cannon fodder in yet another ridiculous, unfunded war that will line their pockets and cost American lives.

    October 26, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. mulwillie

    This is a good thing, 4 years of obstruction in the government that hurts the country so your party gains politically should not be rewarded.

    October 26, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Democrats pounced on his remarks and several key Republicans denounced them, too. Romney, who had just appeared in a TV ad for Mourdock, said he disagreed with the comment but didn't pull his endorsement."

    Mr. Mittens just can't stop wringing his hands during controversy, can he? Ought to be a real wake up call as to how he would govern. I can hear his "what should I do? ... what should I do? ... what should I do?" ... angst already. Governing an entire country as diverse as America is definitely so much more involved than simply harvesting and outsourcing companies unable to stand up to his mighty and powerful multi million dollar thrasher.

    October 26, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. B.

    This election will be a complete Repudiation of the Republicans with their Extremism and lies!

    The are attempting to take this country back to the previous Century!

    They will lose this race,big-time.

    October 26, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. joe

    vote them out we don't want them running the senate or congress. Forward

    October 26, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. Credibility

    Mourdock's comments were reprehensible against women and even more concerning that Romney still endorses him while having a VP candidate with the same views on rape.

    October 26, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. Republican who supports President Obama

    Comments like this are not acceptable in my book. how can anyone in their right mind FORCE a woman to carry a baby to term that is the result of a rape is beyond any logic. I hope the GOP take a nice hard look at the environment they created.

    October 26, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. Marie MD

    All s should dim their lights until they get rid of these right wing women, gay, senior, poor, 47% haters are gone from politics.

    October 26, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. don in albuquerque

    Between Mourdock, Akin, Sununu, and several others, one might start to feel like the Bagger Party really could be sexist, and racist. Anyone voting for these people is definately lost on Gilligans Island and fit right in there.

    October 26, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    When you allow your sensibility to be destroyed by religious belief, you are lost, as a political candidate.

    On the other hand, those who are running our country, tend to have no respect for the religious views of our citizens, and they are trampling on religious freedom.

    Which is worse? Neither......they are EQUALLY bad.

    October 26, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. plain&simple

    We shall see the wisdom of voters in congressional winners. If people are truly tired of the obstruction that has taken place,if they truly want a government that works,this is where that will show. Not in the presidential election! The tone of government starts at home and resonates as it expands.

    October 26, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. Bill from GA

    Decent people don't stand a chance as republicans in Congress these days, either in the House or the Senate. Thank the teabaggers for that.

    And those who might have one day been sensible, like John McCain, have gone so far to the right as to be nothing but yipping lap dogs to the extreme leaders of their party.

    October 26, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    If opposition candidates just keep a low profile and don't anger anyone, ther Republican candidate will, quite often, shoot himself in the foot with a comment of some sort. It may be racist, homophobic, elitist, anti-women, anti-immigrat, anti-poor, or anti-anything and still be well within the core beliefs of the Republican leadership.

    Considering the fact that the only group Republicans support fully is older, very rich, white males it amazes me that they ever win any support from the regalar voters. Republicans claim to be a party of inclusion, yet they work tirelessly against women's rights, immigrants, most racial groups, most non-Christian religions and anyone who does not believe hetros are the only choice. Go Figure

    October 26, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |