He didnt withdraw his endorsement or ask that the ad featuring his endorsement be pulled from Indianas airwaves.
Democrats hit Mourdock and Romney within moments of the debate and continued Wednesday.
The president felt those comments were outrageous and demeaning to women, Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday, raising the subject herself when reporters didnt ask about it. This is a reminder that a Republican Congress working with a Republican president Mitt Romney would (feel) that women should not be able to make choices about their own health care.
National Republicans cannot paper over Richard Mourdocks heinous views on rape. Enough is enough, added Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash, the chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Asked about the remarks on the Jay Leno program Wednesday night, Obama said, "Let me make a very simple proposition: Rape is rape. It is a crime. ... And so, these various distinctions about rape don't make too much sense to me.
Democrats also hoped that the Mourdock remarks would cause the same controversy as remarks earlier this year by Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin in Missouri. Akin, a Missouri congressman, set off a firestorm when he explained his opposition to abortion rights even in cases of rape by saying it was rare for a woman to get pregnant if she really were raped.
Republican leaders, including Romney, distanced themselves from Akin.
In this case, Republican leaders and their allies were firm Wednesday in lining up behind Mourdock.
Richard and I, along with millions of Americans including even Joe Donnelly believe that life is a gift from God. To try and construe his words as anything other than a restatement of that belief is irresponsible and ridiculous, said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Richard Mourdock said that life is always a gift from God, and we couldnt agree more. To report his statement as an endorsement of rape is either willfully ignorant or malicious, added Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the conservative Susan B. Anthony List.
The major Western religions take varying positions on abortion.
The Catholic Churchs position is that direct abortion is the killing of an innocent life. However tragic, there are no exceptions to this position, even to save the life of the mother, said Karey Harwood, an associate professor of religious studies at North Carolina State University. The Jewish and Protestant positions are too internally diverse to summarize as singular positions.