Marco Rubio Weighs In on GOP Candidate's Controversial Rape Comments

In Waukesha, Florida senator says Indiana U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock made an "unfortunate" choice of words and was right to apologize to any who interpreted him to say that "God intended" for rape to happen.

OUTSIDE MILWAUKEE -- U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio Thursday called the remarks about rape made by Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock "unfortunate" and said Mourdock made the right move by apologizing.

Mourdock generated a firestorm of controversy after he said the following in a televised debate on Tuesday:

“Even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, it is something that God intended to happen."

He apologized Wednesday to those who he believes misinterpreted his comments, but Mourdock, who is the state treasurer in Indiana, did not back down from what he said – meaning, in essense, that no rape is ever God's will, but conception resulting from rape was.

Speaking to reporters after a rally in Waukesha that drew about 800 people, Rubio said of Mourdock's comments:

"It's 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. 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.

"I think the candidate, Treasurer Mourdock, was right to apologize to anyone who was offended, and I think he was right to where he stood on it. It's unfortunate it happened."

After initially expressing dismay over Mourdock's comments, several prominent Republicans from around the country began to rally around him on Thursday, the Huffington Post reported.

Among those who changed his tune was Arizona Sen. John McCain, who withdrew his support of Mourdock on Wednesday, but backtracked on Thursday, saying he was satisfied with Mourdock's apology, HuffPo reported.

Taoist Crocodile October 25, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Oh, please. That's exactly what Christians believe! God allows suffering, rape and murder, and god's mind is unknowable, but we have to believe that he has a plan, and people getting raped and killed is part of that plan. Only god can create life, and sometimes he uses a rape to do it. Hail Jesus! ....aaaaaand that's why I'm not a Christian.
The Anti-Alinsky October 25, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Taoist, GOD gave us freewill. He only "allows" suffering, rape and murder because to step in and interfere would take away freewill. GOD is allows us to make our own choices. Just because many people make the wrong choice doesn't mean he is to blame.
stephen peroutka October 25, 2012 at 09:18 PM
The existance or non existance of God doesn' t depend on whether you're a Christian or not. If he exists it doesn't matter if you don't believe.He still exists. If he doesn't exist it doesn't matter if you believe. He doesn't exist. It's not up to you.
Rick October 25, 2012 at 09:24 PM
@the Anti-Alinsky ... so you are saying that gos is pro-choice... I thought so.
Taoist Crocodile October 25, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Well, of course god doesn't exist. I'm just pointing out that most people who come to that conclusion first realize that there's something strange about an all-powerful god who just happens to be a convenient justification for all the historical abuses committed by Christians, and against women and strangers.
Shripathi Kamath October 25, 2012 at 09:27 PM
@The Anti-Alinsky Ah, free will. So this God gave the rapist the free will to rape, the rape-victim free will to not be raped, where as his will was that the rape not take place? What kind of an omnipotent entity is this, whose will is supposed to be always done, but can be subverted by not even a majority. Oh wait, what you meant to say was the rapist and the victim both exercised their free wills, and the rape was their unanimous choice? Wait, this is confusing. How does free will work here? Does the victim use the free will God gave her, and decides, "Hmm, I'll take this gift?"
Yvette Black October 25, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Mormons have always believed in incest and statutory rape. It's their womens history
Bert October 25, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Things that do not exist: "Legitimate" Rape "Forcible" Rape "God-intended" Rape "Easy" Rape Things that DO exist: Rape. (Rape doesn't need qualifying adjectives.)
Bert October 25, 2012 at 09:37 PM
It is incredibly ironic that the same idiots who carry on about "Shariah Law" in the US, want to apply a Christian version of the same here. If this is your religious belief, fine. Feel free to practice that, tell your daughter or your wife to carry her rapist's baby. Just keep your damned religion out of our government.
Shripathi Kamath October 25, 2012 at 10:09 PM
No, please DO NOT tell your daughter or your wife to do anything. Be there for them, and help them through one of the most vicious acts that inhuman humans commit.
marie October 25, 2012 at 10:14 PM
people please, if you read The bible at all........ this is not a belivers world.. when God threw satan out of heaven he sent him here ... yes here, how do you know that? because of the serpant in the garden If you read gen. from the begining it will tell you what he said to him as he threw him out So we live in his world.. If someone does something wrong,, he was given the free will to chose right or wrong... if he took the freewill away what kind of world would we have? think about it. but in when you conceve the moment it happens life is created. Now it say in the bible and i wish i can remember where but He (God) says i knew you before you were born and the number of hairs are counted on your head, how it got there is a whole different story... but think about this.... if we found 1 living cell on a planet, just 1, they would say we found life but when its 1 living cell at the moment of conception Alien life is more inportant then a humans? when a woman has a abortion they fell guilt and wonder what if. i know women who have had them and they know deep in there heart it was wrong. besides its selfish.
Robert I. Laitres October 25, 2012 at 10:52 PM
I love this "unfortunate choice of words". Tell us, Oh! Great Rubio, when you said that your parents were "refugees from Castro's Cuba" was that an "unfortunate choice of facts" or were you just ignorant of real facts? When Romney use the figure 47% was that just an "unfortunate choice of numbers", or did he just make a number up?
Dirk Gutzmiller October 26, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Let's see. Per Paul Ryan, If raped and pregnant, the victim would be forced to give birth, even if her life was in danger. And what if she had a significant other, or was married, and had a fine career going at the time. What if she has other children? What if she was a young teenager? Then what if she dies in childbirth? And what is the fate of the child? Traumatic and life-changing, for everyone involved. That's not "God's will", it is the will of a bunch of sicko Republican middle-aged male politicians.
Luke October 26, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Kudlow is now predicting that Romney will get 330 electoral votes due to the the polls showing growing "Mitt-mentum."
Luke October 26, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Rubio for president 2020.
Shripathi Kamath October 26, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Paragraphs were invented before the Bible. Please consider using them, I cannot make out whether you are for God, Satan, or the creature from Alien.
Shripathi Kamath October 26, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Mitt-mentum? Perfect! Made up word for a made up projection of the electoral college vote.
Luke October 26, 2012 at 12:15 AM
And what is the fate of the child? .................... Its brains are not sucked into a medical waste receptacle.
Luke October 26, 2012 at 12:25 AM
@Shripathi Yeah, Kudlow is a little optimistic. It's about as likely as finding out that Obama secretly used some of his millions of dollars of personal money to help an individual out of the kindness of his heart.
GodHelpRepublicans October 26, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Did you mean Ricky? Now, there's a fresh choice...
GodHelpRepublicans October 26, 2012 at 01:47 AM
But wait, Ricky wasn't born in the U.S. 5 million pesos if you can produce his birth cert.
Keith Best October 26, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Over 800 people for a couple of Senators, Johnson and Rubio. Feel the Romney/ Ryan Surge......................
The Anti-Alinsky October 26, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Not at all Rick. I am saying GOD has given the choice, to both society and the woman, whether or not to give birth or abort the baby. That is not to say it is GOD's will. To impose HIS will would negate HIS gift of free will. GOD has given us several sources to help determine HIS will. It is up to each of us whether to follow it or not. To illustrate, when you were a child, your mother told you not to cut your sister's pigtail off, but you did so anyway. You practiced your free will (and got punished for it), while violating your mother's will.
The Anti-Alinsky October 26, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Shripathi Kamath wrote: "...Oh wait, what you meant to say was the rapist and the victim both exercised their free wills, and the rape was their unanimous choice?..." Not at all. Unfortunately atheists like to blame GOD for the evil that men. GOD would love to prevent a rape from happening, but to interfere would be to take away the free will HE gave all men. To take it away from one would be to take it away from all. Instead, HE will reserve his judgement and action until the time of HIS choosing, ie. when the rapist dies and stand in front of GOD for judgement. To illustrate, the rapist is violating the victims free will (choice if you will) not to be raped. In return, the Judicial System will, justifiable, "violate" the rapists free will of not being sent to prison. In other words, we as men will deliver our judgement on the rapist, but GOD will deliver a far worse judgement later. If you are indeed an atheist, then since you don't believe in GOD or HIS gift of free will, your argument is moot. It's just another way for you to try and convince Christians, Jews, Muslims and other Monotheists how intelligent you are by disproving GOD exists. But it doesn't matter. GOD will continue to exist with or without your approval!
mhazzard October 27, 2012 at 01:34 AM
800 rape supporters, feel the rush!!!...
Colter95 October 27, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Consider these facts before you vote: 1. Is the economy better off now than it was four years ago? Based on the evidence, I'd have to say no. Wages are down, the the prices of everything we buy is up. The price of gas has doubled. Good jobs are scarce. 2. Are the slight "up tics" in the economy a solid trend in the right direction? I don't think so. First, the gains are very slight. Second, I believe they are the result in the temporary stimulus by the Federal Reserve, in which they printed a lot of new money. It provides a slight bump now, but the cost will come later - after the election. Ben Bernanke is trying to save Obama's job, along with his own. 3. The continual misrepresentation of Romney on the auto bailout by the Obama administration. Obama appears to be taking complete credit for the bailout, while simultaneously saying that Romney was for liquidation of the auto industry. This is an absolute falsehood. It was Bush who initiated the bailout and TARP. Obama continued it and then expanded it, to his credit. However, Romney was one of the first to say that the industry needed to go through bankruptcy reorganization, and eventually they did exactly that. He also said that any needed loans should come from the private sector. He never said that the industry should be liquidated, or that he would deny federal funds if he were president, and private sector funds were not available. Obama lies! 4. The Benghazi coverup and lies.


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