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Voters, Candidates react to comments made by Richard Mourdock

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There's been plenty of political fallout Wednesday after Indiana Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock said if a woman becomes pregnant during a rape, the new life is something intended by god.

The Vanderburgh County native has been quick to explain his answer to a debate question about abortion, saying it was a response based on his faith.

While Republicans are trying to explain Mourdock's statement, Democrats are trying to sweep in on the undecided women voters.

The controversial comment came during the final debate between Candidates for the Indiana Senate Seat.

"I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen," said Mourdock. 

Wednesday, Mourdock took time away from the campaign trail to clarify.

"I made a comment that I made, quite honestly, from the deepest roots and the greatest base of my faith," he said. "Which is to say, that I believe life is precious. I believe that to the marrow of my bones. I believe that life itself is the greatest gift that God can give us."

But for some voters, the original statement is sticking.

"They are not god intended, it just happened but there is no need to abort them," said voter Gerry Cuervo. 

"To me, it's outrageous and disgusting," said another voter.

"If you get raped, you should be able to decide what you want to do," said yet another voter.

Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney is still supporting Mourdock, but says he doesn't support Mourdock's statement, a feeling echoed by many in the tri-state.

"There are a lot of situations where you could be talking about a 12 or 13 year old child possibly raped by their own parent, to me that is ludicrous to believe that it's God's will for that person to carry that baby to full term," one voter said. "When it was an evil action that brought it into the world anyway."

"I was stunned because like I said, my God, I don't believe that his comments that pregnancies resulting from rape, God intended that to happen, that is not my God. I think it was shocking and I think it was insulting to women, to survivors of rape and to their families," said Democratic US Senate Candidate Joe Donnelly. "I put my faith and trust and hope in Hoosier voters, always have and always will that they are smart, they understand the issues and I believe they can look at this and make their judgments."

Libertarian Candidate Andrew Horning released a statement on his Facebook page, saying he feels for Mourdock because it is difficult to go on camera in such tense situations, and get your point across. Horning says Government should be pro-choice, but on a personal level, he agrees with Mourdock's statements.

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