Biden implies Romney, Ryan lack 'moral courage' to condemn rape comments
October 26th, 2012
06:43 PM ET
10 years ago

Biden implies Romney, Ryan lack 'moral courage' to condemn rape comments

Kenosha, Wisconsin (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden on Friday implied that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan lack the "moral courage" to condemn comments from Republican Senate candidates Richard Mourdock from Indiana earlier this week as well as Missouri's Todd Akin from two months ago.

During a campaign event in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the vice president repeated a line being pushed by the Obama campaign against the Republican presidential nominee and his running mate: that the two are on the wrong side of women's issues.

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"You know, as hard as they try, our friends cannot run from their record," Biden said.

In the next breath, Biden waded into the controversies surrounding Mourdock and Akin.

"And here's the truth: they've made it very, very clear…that they do not believe a woman has a right to control her own body. They can't even get up the gumption to condemn the statements made by two of their candidates for United States Senate," Biden said without specifically naming the Republican ticket.

"It's not enough to tell me you don't agree. It's having the moral courage to stand up and say what they said was wrong, simply wrong."

Romney has endorsed Mourdock's bid, the only Senate candidate he's backed this cycle. And, just before the controversy, Mourdock's campaign began running an ad featuring Romney praising the candidate.

After Mourdock's comment on rape, Romney released a statement through a spokeswoman, saying that he did not agree with Mourdock's words. But the campaign has not urged Mourdock to pull the ad.

Some have called on Romney to pull his endorsement of Mourdock altogether.

All of this stems from Mourdock's statement about believing that abortion should not be a permitted exception for rape victims in a Tuesday debate with opponent, Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly.

"I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is a 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," said Mourdock, currently Indiana's state treasurer.

Facing a storm of criticism, Mourdock - the next day – expressed remorse if his words offended anyone.

As for Akin, the Missouri candidate said, two months ago, that "legitimate rape" rarely results in pregnancy. In that case, Romney and other Republicans urged Akin to end his senate bid – something Akin refused to do.

Akin later said he misspoke.

Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Richard Mourdock • Todd Akin
soundoff (38 Responses)

    Biden is correct. Romney/Ryan do not have the moral courage to stand for anything.

    October 26, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  2. Kway

    Biden lacks morals.

    October 26, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  3. DSO

    People like Joe Biden, who say that the issue of abortion is about a woman's right to "control her own body" consistently ignore the other life in the question. I'd like to know at what point he believes a child acquires the right to life.

    If you believe that the child has no rights until after it is born, then you will believe that the pro-lfe side are just trying to control women. If you believe that the child is alive and has rights before it is born, you will view abortions as infanticide, and abortionists as baby killers. So why don't we stop distorting each other views, and start discussing the real question?

    October 26, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  4. Debbie

    Joes absolutely right on this. Only its not just on this issue but all issues, Romney and Ryan are not moral. One's a venture captialist and the other is a facist

    October 26, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  5. PhoenixTom

    Yes Joe, we get it. You need women to vote for you. Keep talking about that nonsense and not Benghazi. Maybe the MTV crowd will carry you to victory.

    October 27, 2012 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  6. Dawn Tarr, Ada, Ohio

    Amen JOE!! Not only are they so morally bankrupt that they won't stand up to the rape business they also won't call out the bigots in their party like Sununu.

    October 27, 2012 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  7. Dar

    Biden is making a monster out of someone else's beliefs.
    That is being a true Catholic Mr. Biden, destroy life?
    I bet he goes to confession at least 10 times a day for all the hate and lies he spews.

    October 27, 2012 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  8. jpmichigan

    When the 3 am call came into Obama regarding the attack on counsulet in Libya, the President just rolled over and fell back to sleep. Heads of the State Dept, CIA, National Security all stated " Step down". No one wanted to acknowlege that A-quea is not running, but building and that the new governments in Libya is a sham. That would not look good for Obama. So tell me Mr. Biden , what happen to the Obama administrations "MORAL COURAGE".

    October 27, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  9. Malory Archer

    Handsome Joe is correct and he's not shy about stating facts. He and President Obama are the most refreshingly honest guys in Washington.

    October 27, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  10. wgf

    More importantly, Romney lacks the moral courage to admit to the positions he's been running on for the past four years. It's a bad sign when a candidate is afraid of his own words.

    btw CNN... When are you going to cover Romney's false claims to an Ohio audience that Jeep was making plans to move "all production" to China ? In response, Jeep management released a statement that his comments were pure "fantasy", and that it's plans were to ship cars to China, not jobs. This kind of stuff is important, because it demonstrates Romney's complete disregard for the truth, and his willingness to say and do anything. He's a politcal sociopath.

    October 27, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  11. LS

    Romney has no moral center. None. He wants to win. End of story with that guy. Can we trust this man? NO!

    October 27, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  12. Sorensen

    Of course they lack moral courage. They lack all kinds of courage. (Military service?) 5 sons?

    October 27, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. JCW

    If Romney disagrees he should be demanding his endorsement ad be pulled.....hmmm, but he isn't ????

    October 27, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
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