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Rubio on Richard Mourdock's rape comments: 'It's unfortunate'



Campaigning in Wisconsin today, Sen. Marco Rubio was asked about the controversy over comments by Indiana Republican U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock.

"It's unfortunate," Rubio told reporters. "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. It's just 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."

During a debate Tuesday, Mourdock said, "I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen." He said yesterday that he was he abhors rape but stood his ground on abortion and said critics were twisting his admittedly inarticulate words. Democrats are trying to spin it into a problem for Romney.

Rubio has traveled to Indiana to campaign with Mourdock and was in Wisconsin today as a surrogate for Romney. "I think the candidate, Treasurer Mourdock, was right to apologize to anyone who was offended and I think he was right to try to clarify where he stood on it," he told reporters. "It's unfortunate it happened."

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[Last modified: Thursday, October 25, 2012 5:06pm]


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