In a stump speech in Milwaukee, Florida Senator Marco Rubio called the controversial rape comment by Indiana Senator Richard Mourdock “unfortunate.”
"That's an issue that's very painful, very personal. I can't think of anything more horrifying than a rape that ends in a pregnancy,” Rubio said, adding that he’s glad Mourdock ended up apologizing. "It's a horrifying thing. It's a reminder of how careful folks need to be when they talk about that issue and how sensitive we need to be to victims.”
It's a horrifying thing. It's a reminder of how careful folks need to be when they talk about that issue and how sensitive we need to be to victims.
- Marco Rubio
Mourdock came under fire when he said during a televised debate that pregnancy during rape was the will of God.
“Even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, it is something that God intended to happen."
President Barack Obama called on presidential candidate Mitt Romney to break any ties with a Republican Senate candidate. Romney, who appears in a television advertisement declaring his support for Mourdock, brushed aside questions on the matter from reporters during a stop at a downtown Cincinnati diner. He centered his efforts instead on turning his campaign's claims of momentum into a more practical — and ultimately necessary — roadmap to winning the required 270 Electoral College votes. Ohio is crucial to that effort.
"This election is not about me," Romney told a 3,000-person crowd at a southern Ohio manufacturing company. "It's not about the Republican Party. It's about America. And it's about your family."
Romney has disavowed Mourdock's comments, but his campaign says he continues to support the Indiana Republican's Senate candidacy.
With reporting from The Associated Press.