McCain, Voters Weigh-In on Mourdock Rape Remarks

By Rachel Martin

October 24, 2012 Updated Oct 24, 2012 at 10:55 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Fellow politicians and voters are weighing-in on the rape remarks made by Republican Senatorial candidate Richard Mourdock during the Senate Debate Tuesday night.

Mourdock's comment was so powerful, it made national news. In fact, Wednesday night, Senator John McCain, who was in Fort Wayne last week endorsing Mourdock, released a statement saying he’s retracting his endorsement until the current Indiana State Treasurer makes an official apology.

Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney says his endorsement stands.

In the meantime, INC News went out Wednesday and asked people what they thought. Does a comment like that change their perception or even their vote for the GOP candidate?

It was a mix of responses— some people sympathized with Mourdock, saying he made a mistake and simply misspoke.

“I think he just worded it really badly,” said Beth of Rochester.

Linda says although she’s not a Mourdock supporter, she understood what he was really trying to say. “I wasn't horrified by it. I didn't take it the way I have seen it portrayed,” she said.

Others say he should've thought twice before saying anything like that.

“Since he's not a woman and I'm assuming he has never been raped, he had no right to say anything. His first thought is what he meant,” said Angela of Fort Wayne.

A different Linda agreed saying, “It's ridiculous. It's no different than the Senator making comments about rape. They want to reinvent it so they can get their agendas through.”

Jeff of Fort Wayne and Ashley of Huntington also expressed sympathy, but didn’t fully agree with Mourdock’s statement.

“It could be taken any way,” said Jeff. “Basically what I think he said was right, but certainly not God's will. I think it's a mess any way you look at it.”

“I can see where he was trying to go with it and I think that good things can come from evil, but that's kind of where I stand on that,” said Ashley.

But were Mourdock’s comments enough to sway people’s votes? Of the 13 people interviewed, six say it has and six say it hasn’t. One person says since they already voted, it didn’t make a difference to them.

“I think it's less likely that he'll get elected. It's possible it could sway my vote,” said Doug of Fort Wayne.

“I'm still going to vote Republican,” said Jared of Fort Wayne.

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