Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
On Monday, Willard "Mittens" Romney cut an ad in support of Indiana Tea-Publican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, one of the rare occasions a presidential candidate has endorsed a congressional candidate in an ad this election cycle. The media villager invention of "moderate Mitt" tied his campaign to one of the most far-right extremist Tea-Publican candidates running for Congress this year. I guess the media villagers must have missed it. Mitt Romney TV ad plugs Richard Mourdock in Indiana Senate race.
Mittens is now learning the hard way why presidential candidates do not tie their campaigns to down-ballot congressional races, especially such controversial candidates. On Tuesday night during a televised debate, Richard Mourdock had this to say. Indiana GOP Senate Hopeful Richard Mourdock Says God 'Intended' Rape Pregnancies:
Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock declared during a Tuesday night U.S. Senate debate that a woman who gets pregnant by her rapist is carrying a “gift from God” and thus must have the child.
“I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God,” he said. “And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” Mourdock, who became visibly emotional while speaking, supports abortion only to save a mother’s life, not in cases of rape and incest.
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Mourdock’s Democratic rival, Rep. Joe Donnelly, quickly entered the fray after Tuesday’s debate. “The God I believe in and the God I know most Hoosiers believe in, does not intend for rape to happen — ever. What Mr. Mourdock said is shocking, and it is stunning that he would be so disrespectful to survivors of rape,” he said in a statement.
Mourdock harumphed and said his words were being taken out of context when tried to walk them back after the debate:
“God does not want rape, and by no means was I suggesting that he does. Rape is a horrible thing, and for anyone to twist my words otherwise is absurd and sick.”
More importantly, Team Romney that had made the mistake of embracing Mourdock on Monday quickly moved to disavow his debate statement:
“Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock’s comments, and they do not reflect his views,” said campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul. The candidate supports abortion in cases of rape and incest, as well as to save a mother’s life.
Well, that's what Mittens says now as he pretends to be "moderate Mitt" for the feckless media villagers who fall for that crap. He and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan have supported the most extreme positions on abortion and women's access to contraception until the eleventh hour of the campaign.
And despite distancing themselves from Mourdock's "God intended it to happen" comment, Team Romney is standing by their man today. Romney campaign: We still support Mourdock. And Ind. GOP Senate candidate Mourdock stands by his rape, abortion comment; says others twisted words. So Team Romney really hasn't disavowed anything.
So it is only fair game that the Democrats are hitting Mittens hard on tying his campaign to the extremist Tea-Publican senate candidate Richard Mourdock. Here is an ad from the DNC Rapid Response.
And here is an ad from the the American Bridge super PAC.