Senate Democratic group drops big money on ad hitting Mourdock
October 26th, 2012
10:56 AM ET
2 years ago

Senate Democratic group drops big money on ad hitting Mourdock

(CNN) – While Republicans may hope the issue goes away, Indiana voters can count on hearing about Richard Mourdock's recent rape comments until Election Day.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Friday said it took out a $1.1 million ad buy on a new commercial in Indiana that blasts the GOP Senate candidate for his controversial remarks. The ad will run on television until November 6.

– Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

– Check out the CNN Electoral Map and Calculator and game out your own strategy for November.

Mourdock has faced fierce pushback from the left and some on the right after saying in a debate this week that if a woman gets pregnant during rape, then "God intended that to happen."

He added that he would allow for exceptions to an abortion ban when a mother's life was in danger.

"God intended that women be raped and become pregnant?" a female narrator asks in the new DSCC ad. "Even Mitt Romney and (Rep.) Mike Pence believe Richard Mourdock goes too far and should apologize, but not Mourdock."

Mourdock said he was sorry that people had misinterpreted his comments at a news conference earlier Wednesday, but stuck by the crux of his argument that abortions should not be allowed in cases or rape or incest.

"I'm a much more humble person this morning because so many people mistook, twisted, came to misunderstand the points that I was trying to make," Mourdock said.

While many Republicans have stood by Mourdock, saying his comments reflected a widely-held view that children are a gift, Democrats have seized on the remarks as a way to frame the candidate as a threat to women's health issues.

Mourdock is running in a highly contested Senate race against Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly. And with Republicans aiming to retake the Senate majority, the contest has quickly become one that could upset their goal.

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has also used the incident to paint Republicans, including GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, as anti-women. The campaign launched a new website Friday, linking Romney with Mourdock and calling for Romney to renounce his endorsement of the Senate candidate.

Romney's campaign, earlier this week, released a statement saying the former Massachusetts governor "disagrees with Richard Mourdock" and his comments "do not reflect Gov. Romney's views."

Meanwhile, another national group, the conservative American Future Fund, released a television ad this week attacking Donnelly as a Washington insider.

And a super PAC with the the fiscal conservative group Club for Growth announced on Friday it expanded an existing TV ad buy and has now exceeded $3.5 million in spending on the Indiana Senate race.

– CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


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

    ""I'm a much more humble person this morning because so many people mistook, twisted, came to misunderstand the points that I was trying to make," Mourdock said."

    Not intended to be an apologetic apology.

    October 26, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. New Citizen

    What is wrong with Mr. Murdock. I will say that God did not intend that to happen. Fact is, "God allowed that to happen" but God did not intend that to happen. As I christian, evil comes the devil and the good things come from God.

    October 26, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. BlkPwr817

    Mourdock will lose & President Obama will be re-elected...."God intended that to happen."
    Amen!

    Obama 2012!

    October 26, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I'm a much more humble person this morning because so many people mistook, twisted, came to misunderstand the points that I was trying to make," Mourdock said."

    And to think TeaPers actually buy into this crap.

    October 26, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. John

    Shades of hypocricy through out the centuries. Socalled Christians using God to justify the most amoral actions.

    October 26, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Other Foot

    And in Iowa we have our own brand of stupidity as social conservatives scream 'judicial activism' in an attempt to destroy one of the most impartial and independent judiciaries in the country!

    October 26, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Expat American

    Murdock's views are pretty much the same as Paul Ryan. Or better put, Vice Presidential candidate Ryan's views mirror those of Murdock regarding rape.

    Not only that, but Murdock's view on rape is pretty much the stance of the Republican Party – Murdock is the only one who had the courage to say it out loud.

    Republicans want to put rape victims in jail.

    October 26, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Paul

    Former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were part of a small team who were at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. Consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When they heard the shots fired, they radioed to inform their higher-ups to tell them what they were hearing. They were told to "stand down," according to sources familiar with the exchange. An hour later, they called again to headquarters and were again told to "stand down."

    October 26, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. GOP = Greed Over People!

    Ah, yes the GOP "chri$tians" and their professed love for the "gift from god"!

    I was once an innocent "gift from god" and I can regale you for hours on just how Southern Baptists in a small Southern Louisiana town treated a "gift from god" whose "sin" was being born out-of-wedlock in 1951.

    You might want to set aside a couple of hours for me to give you a true picture of the chri$tian "compassion" as a result of "my sin".

    October 26, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Murdock's views are pretty much the same as Paul Ryan. Or better put, Vice Presidential candidate Ryan's views mirror those of Murdock regarding rape."

    Yes. Which is why Ryan is now cancelling scheduled town hall meetings. Moderate Mitt doesn't want Severely Conservative Mitt aligning Candidate Mitt Romney with Paul Ryan. Romney has become nothing more than a tangled web of deceit. Apparently deceit is his closing argument to voters.

    In essence, we are right back to the same old Mitt Romney we've seen throughout the primaries and the general ... Romney began the Republican Primary as Jon Huntsmann's "well oiled Weather Vane" and plans on finishing the General Election as Jon Huntsmann's "well oiled Weather Vane.

    October 26, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. woodsrocks

    God intends for Mourdock to lose. Rmoney supports him. God intends for Rmoney to lose. Wake up women! If republicans gain any more control than they already have, you will be condemned to covering your head in public,walk behind your man, and you'll lose most of your value healthcare optons (like birth control which God opposes). Mourdock and Akin might even legalize rape as long – as it's legitimate.

    October 26, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. GOP = Greed Over People!

    P.S. Oh yes ladies, apparently those same good Southern Baptist chri$tians showered even more "chri$tian love" on my mother, as I understand we moved to Houston, TX as it was getting to her "saturation" level.

    Since carrying rape pregnancies to full term is part of the GOP platform, ladies I am not sure moving to Houston will solve the problem in 2012 if the GOP wins.

    October 26, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Norman

    Common America: Vote GOP and complete the process of turning this country into the PLANET OF THE APES, where the 1% apes rules the 99% humans and bags them in every corner should they escape into intellectual freedom....

    October 26, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. v_mag

    Here's a scenario for Mourdock. He gets caught drinking and driving, and they put him in jail. That night, he gets royally raped, and as a result, he gets AIDS. Did God intend for him to get AIDS? Was AIDS a gift from God? Should he be allowed treatment?

    Abortion is a medical procedure. There are religious groups who are against medical treatment for any condition, but, so far, they don't legislate their religious views. The Repugnants are another thing altogether, though.

    October 26, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. grrace

    A woman has a RIGHT to an abortion, for ANY reason, no matter what someone's imagination is of what "GOD" says.

    October 26, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. Ranger Rick

    Murdouch was clearly referring to the pregnancy, not the rape. It is much more clear than the disconnected "acts of terror" phrase that Obama used when speaking about the 9/11 attacks, which were closer in his speech to his mention of 9/11/2001 than the Libya attacks. Critics should at least direct criticism at what was said, not a twisted interpretation.

    October 26, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ranger Rick

    Murdouch was clearly referring to the pregnancy, not the rape.
    -----------

    What part of it is the rape which caused the pregnancy don't you get? Either God intended the rape to create the life or He didn't. You can't have one without the other. No rape ... no pregnancy.

    October 26, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. Penny Wright

    A message for women....

    Mitt Romney is for ending funding for Planned Parenthood...including cancer screenings.

    He said he would overturn Roe v Wade.

    We have Republicans trying to redefine rape....trying to force women to get invasive ultrasounds.

    If you think this election won't effect you and your life, think again.

    Vote for Barack Obama.

    October 26, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Ewafula

    Vote Obama vote for leadership with a human heart.

    October 26, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. Al-NY,NY

    Ranger Rick

    Murdouch was clearly referring to the pregnancy, not the rape. It is much more clear than the disconnected "acts of terror" phrase that Obama used when speaking about the 9/11 attacks, which were closer in his speech to his mention of 9/11/2001 than the Libya attacks. Critics should at least direct criticism at what was said, not a twisted interpretation
    ---

    so THAT'S the reason many republicans are running away from this guy......twisted words and misinformation from the "lamestream media." Boy was i wrong.

    October 26, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. eqgold

    We should be targeting any candidate for defeat who plans to bring their oddball religious views into public office, this a secular country per the 2nd amendment.

    October 26, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |