(WASHINGTON TIMES) U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock apologized Wednesday to anyone who misinterpreted his comments during a Tuesday debate that "life is a gift from God" and that "even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, it is something that God intended to happen," saying that he and the God he worships abhor violence while adding that he is a "much more humble person" today.
"I absolutely abhor violence," Mr. Mourdock said at a Wednesday news conference. "I abhor any kind of sexual violence. I abhor rape. And I'm absolutely confident, as I stand here, that the God that I worship abhors violence, abhors sexual violence, and abhors rape."
Mr. Mourdock, a tea party-backed candidate who felled longtime Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar in the GOP primary earlier this year, made the comments during a Tuesday debate with his Democratic rival, Rep. Joe Donnelly, and Libertarian candidate Andrew Horning. Recent polls have shown Mr. Mourdock and Mr. Donnelly in a dead heat.
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