The Washington Post

Richard Mourdock backtracks -- kind of -- from his comments about rape and pregnancy at a debate Tuesday night even as President Obama seeks to use the remarks against Mitt Romney.

  • Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza
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  • Oct 24, 2012
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Mourdock already had problems with independent votes, and his comments Tuesday about rape and pregnancy aren't likely help.

The Missouri congressman's statement about "legitimate rape" harkens back to Rep. Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign. And he faces a similar task in his race.

The social conservative just opened up a can of worms, and Democrats are smiling.