Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Democrats demanding Mitt Romney stand up more forcefully to Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock over his recent comment about rape and abortion need to "get over it."
“If you listen to what Mourdock actually said, he said what virtually every Catholic and every fundamentalist in the country believes: Life begins at conception," Gingrich said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."
The Tea Party-backed Republican candidate stepped into controversy last week when he said that if a woman is impregnated through rape, "it's something God intended" and therefore abortion shouldn't be allowed. Romney's campaign said the presidential nominee disagreed with Mourdock's stance but was not taking back his endorsement or the ad he recorded for him.
Democrats, including President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, have highlighted Romney's refusal to completely disavow himself from Mourdock.
Gingrich on Sunday sought to turn the tables by painting Obama as the true "radical" on abortion, saying that as a state senator he "voted three times in favor of allowing doctors to kill babies in the eighth and ninth month who were born having survived late-term abortion."
ABC's George Stephanopoulos said that Mourdock’s comment implied that "as horrible as it may be," the rape and resulting pregnancy were "something that God intended to happen -- do you agree with that?"
“And he also immediately issued a clarification saying that he was referring to the act of conception and he condemned rape,” Gingrich said. “This is nonsense. Every candidate I know, every decent American I know condemns rape, OK? So why can’t people like [Obama campaign adviser] Stephanie Cutter get over it? We all condemn rape. Now let's talk about whether we also condemn killing babies in the eighth and ninth month."
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