Republican apologises for rape remark, Democrats pounce
RENO, Nevada (AFP) - A United States (US) Senate candidate at the center of a women's rights storm offered a partial apology on Wednesday for saying pregnancy from rape is something "God intended", but accused Democrats of twisting his comments for political gain.
Mr Richard Mourdock, an anti-abortion US Senate candidate from Indiana, triggered an uproar with his comments and gave President Barack Obama a new opening to attack the record of his Republican challenger Mitt Romney on women's rights less than two weeks before the Nov 6 elections.
The Romney team quickly backed the candidate away from the remarks, but not from Mr Mourdock himself, for whom Mr Romney had recently taped campaign advertisements.
"We disagree on the policy regarding exceptions for rape and incest but still support him," Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said.