Supporters say meaning was twisted; critics say words could impact race



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The way he sees it: Mike Pence, Republican candidate for governor, talks to supporters at B&C's Hideout restaurant in New Palestine. He said he disagreed with a controversial statement Richard Mourdock made at a debate on Tuesday. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)


GREENFIELD — Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is standing by his statement during a Tuesday debate that when a woman becomes pregnant during rape, “that’s something God intended.”

A political firestorm was quick to follow. Mourdock said critics have twisted his words into another meaning. But local politicos wonder whether the gaffe will hurt the candidate or even cost Mourdock the election.

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