The Obama campaign has released a new video seeking to take advantage of negative press related to a statement pro-life Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock made about rape and abortion.
The video seeks to paint pro-life candidate for Vice President Paul Ryan as somehow identifying with Mourdock’s comments because the two share a position against aborting babies in cases of rape or incest. The video labels the two “abortion extremists.”
The ad opens with video of Mitt Romney and Mourdock together showing Romney’s Monday endorsement for Mourdock, before the comments were made. The Obama video then moves to Mourdock’s comments, saying that “even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen.” The text then claims Ryan “holds the exact same position.”
“I’ve always adopted the idea, the position that the method of conception doesn’t change the definition of life,” Ryan is shown saying.
“Mitt Romney’s ‘solution’ to extremism against women? Promote the extremists,” the Obama ad concludes.
Mourdock has accused Democrats of twisting his words and the intent of his statement.
“I would be less than faithful to my faith if I said anything other than ‘Life is precious.’ I think it is a gift from God. I don’t think God would ever want anyone harmed, sexually abused or raped. I think it’s wrong when someone wants to take what I said and twist it,” Mourdock said.
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