November 6, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Rep. Joe Donnelly defeated Richard Mourdock in the Indiana race for Senate, delivering Democrats a seat that was long held by Republicans. The race, which was called Tuesday by the Associated Press and NBC News, became unexpectedly competitive when Mourdock, riding a wave of tea party frustration with Washington, ousted longtime Sen. Richard Lugar in the Republican primary. The move infuriated so-called Lugar Republicans - moderate voters who admired the elder statesman's ability to reach across the aisle, particularly on matters of foreign policy, to get things done in Washington.
November 2, 2012 |
In what appears to be fallout from Richard Mourdock's statement last month that pregnancies that result from rape are “something that God intended to happen,” a new poll shows him trailing his Democratic opponent in the Indiana Senate race by 11 percentage points. A Howey/DePauw poll conducted by Republican pollster Christine Matthews and Democratic pollster Fred Yang found that a large majority of likely voters - 87% -- were aware of Mourdock's remark about rape and pregnancy, and 40% said they were less likely to vote for him as a result.
October 30, 2012 |
In her uphill campaign against Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Republican Elizabeth Emken, albeit obliquely, has made an issue of Feinstein's age. The senator turned 79 on June 22 and if reelected she would be 85 at the conclusion of one more term. Would that be unusual? Yes, but not unprecedented. In the current Senate, Feinstein is the fifth oldest member. Three senators are 88: Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey and Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka of Hawaii. No. 4 is 80-year-old Richard Lugar of Indiana, who was defeated in his bid for renomination in this year's Republican primary.
October 24, 2012 |
Indiana Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock has offered a partial apology for his remarks Tuesday night that pregnancy from rape is “something that God intended to happen,” after sparking a firestorm akin to Missouri Republican Todd Akin's earlier this year. “I don't think God wants rape. I don't think he wants that at all because rape is evil,” he said during a news conference Wednesday. “So many people mistook, twisted, came to misunderstand the points that I was trying to make,” Mourdock added.
October 24, 2012 |
To be fair, Richard Mourdock, the U.S. Senate candidate in Indiana, isn't a myth-slinging blowhard like another GOP contender for the Senate, Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri. It's hard to forget Akin's less-than-expert medical opinion that in cases of "legitimate rape," women's bodies have ways to prevent a pregnancy, or as he put it, "shut that whole thing down. " Mourdock, a "tea party" candidate who won the GOP nomination over a more moderate Republican, was speaking on matters of faith, not (pseudo)
October 23, 2012 |
Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock opposes abortion even in the case of rape and incest, he said at a Tuesday night debate, because pregnancy from rape is "something that God intended to happen.” Mourdock, who is in a tight race with Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly, was responding to a question about whether abortion should be legal in cases of rape or incest. “I know there are some who disagree, and I respect their point of view, but I believe that life begins at conception,” the tea party-backed Mourdock said.