Mourdock rape comment and social issues, Donald Trump’s October ‘surprise’ [Daybook]

October 25, 2012

Richard Mourdock rape comment adds to election-year furor over social issues: An Indiana GOP Senate candidate’s assertion that pregnancy resulting from rape is “something God intended to happen” ignited a controversy that spilled into the presidential race Wednesday as Democrats renewed the charge that Republicans are waging a “war on women.” (Washington Post)

President Obama criticizes Richard Mourdock on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno:

But the Romney campaign still supports Richard Mourdock despite his comments. (Washington Post)

Donald Trump’s ‘very big’ announcement. (Washington Post

Politico’s Arena asks: Donald Trump announced today that he will donate $5 million to a charity of President Barack Obama’s choice if Obama agrees to release his college records and passport application. The records must be turned over by Halloween, Trump said today via video. Should the president take Trump’s offer seriously? What positive or negative consequences could come from Obama’s decision?

“‘When it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s, just like the social policies of the 1950s and the economic policies of the 1920s,’ President Barack Obama told Mitt Romney in their final debate. Obama got sloppy here. Presumably, the president was suggesting the 1920s represent economic failure. The decade represents just the opposite, as measured by the very goals on which the Democrats base their 2012 presidential campaign,” writes CFR’s Amity Shlaes. (Bloomberg)

Heritage’s Michael Franc: Income matters in voters’ choices. (National Review)

Room for Debate asks: Amend the Constitution to limit political spending? (New York Times)

AEI’s Jim Pethokoukis: Fix this economy. (New York Post)

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Allen McDuffee · October 25, 2012