Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he still supports Richard Mourdock after a remark the Indiana Republican Senate candidate made about rape and abortion during a Tuesday debate. He missed Mourdock’s apology, he said, because he was traveling.
McCain indicated Wednesday night in a CNN interview that he would withdraw his endorsement of Mourdock, who faces Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) for the seat of outgoing Sen. Richard Lugar, if the candidate did not apologize for his comments.
Mourdock had apologized in a news conference earlier Wednesday for “misinterpretation” of his words.
“Senator McCain was traveling yesterday in Florida and did not have an opportunity to see Mr. Mourdock’s full press conference before he taped his CNN interview,” McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said in a statement Thursday morning. “Senator McCain is glad that Mr. Mourdock apologized to the people of Indiana and clarified his previous statement. Senator McCain hopes the people of Indiana will elect Mr. Mourdock to the U.S. Senate.”