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New political ad ties Pence to Mourdock’s rape comments

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A group with ties to labor has launched a new ad that seeks to link Republican gubernatorial nominee Mike Pence to the controversial comments about rape and abortion made last week by GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock. Believe in Indiana – a so-called 527 nonprofit advocacy group – paid […]

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Mourdock tells GOP crowd that direction of nation at stake in his election

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com CARMEL, Ind. – Richard Mourdock told a crowd of the state’s most influential Republicans on Monday that his battle with Democrat Joe Donnelly for a seat in the U.S. Senate is a fight for the future of the nation. Mourdock – who is struggling to overcome controversial statements about rape and […]

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Commentary: Mourdock’s problems go beyond statements about rape and abortion

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – If Richard Mourdock loses his campaign to be Indiana’s next U.S. senator, a lot of people will blame it on the wrong reason. Many of them – particularly social conservatives – will say that Mourdock is just another victim of the intolerance journalists and other members of the intelligentsia […]

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Analysis: Talking about one’s religious philosophy is risky in campaigns

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The controversy that has erupted around Republican Richard Mourdock’s comments about abortion and rape has been fascinating and – like many of you – I’m eager to see how the dust up actually affects Hoosiers’ views as they vote in the Indiana Senate race. We’ll learn the latter soon […]

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Outside groups pour $4.7 million into Indiana Senate race in past two weeks alone

By Lesley Weidenbener and Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Outside interest groups have reported spending more than $4.7 million on the Indiana Senate battle in the past two weeks –nearly all of it before Republican Richard Mourdock stirred up the race with controversial comments about rape and abortion. And more spending is in the works […]

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Commentary: Lugar could say ‘I told you so’ after Mourdock comments on abortion

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Like most people, I thought it was impossible for Indiana’s U.S. Senate campaign to get any stranger. I was wrong. Tuesday night at the second Senate debate, Republican Richard Mourdock touched off a national firestorm when he talked about abortion and rape. He also demonstrated why politicians rarely are […]

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Mourdock tries to explain abortion comments; Romney will continue support

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Richard Mourdock said Wednesday he spoke from his heart at a Senate debate when he said that God intends pregnancies that occur after rape and that he was trying to convey his belief that all life is precious and “God is the author of all life.” Here’s what […]

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Mourdock: God intends pregnancies that occur after rapes

By Sarah Seward TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Republican Richard Mourdock said during a U.S. Senate debate Tuesday that “God intended” pregnancies that occur as a result of rape, which led GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to distance himself from the comments. “I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that […]

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Romney appears in ad for Richard Mourdock in Senate race

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says in a new television ad that Richard Mourdock is the right man to represent Indiana in the U.S. Senate but Democrats say the ad is inaccurate. The ad features Romney touting Mourdock’s time as state treasurer and says that Mourdock helped Gov. Daniels […]

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Commentary: Senate race hangs in part on concept of betrayal

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The outcome of the hard-fought and often ugly battle to elect Indiana’s next U.S. senator may hinge on one word. Betray. During the first Senate debate between Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Richard Mourdock – in which Libertarian Andy Horning served as a kind of Greek chorus, condemning the […]