Mitt Romney has disavowed the comments made Tuesday by Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who called pregnancies resulting from rape “something that God intended.” But the Republican presidential candidate still supports Mourdock’s bid for the Senate.
The Romney campaign has not asked Mourdock’s campaign to pull a television advertisement featuring Romney’s endorsement, a Romney campaign official said Wednesday morning.
“Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock, and Mr. Mourdock’s comments do not reflect Gov. Romney’s views,” Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. “We disagree on the policy regarding exceptions for rape and incest but still support him.”
President Obama’s campaign is working to tie the Indiana state treasurer to Romney, while a number of Republican senators have distanced themselves from Mourdock.
“This is a reminder that a Republican Congress working with a Republican president Mitt Romney would (feel) that women should not be able to make choices about their own health care,” Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday morning.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) canceled plans to campaign with Mourdock. Indiana gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence urged his fellow Republican to apologize. A spokeswoman for Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) emphasized that the senator is pro-choice and “does not agree with the views expressed by Richard Mourdock.”
Philip Rucker contributed to this report.