n Indiana's surprisingly close race to replace Sen. Richard Lugar (R), Republican nominee Richard Mourdock made a potentially costly comment on rape and abortion in Tuesday night's debate against Rep. Joe Donnelly (D). "I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen," Mourdock said, explaining his opposition to rape and incest exemptions in anti-abortion laws. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who has cut an ad supporting Mourdock, disavowed the comment. Donnelly, who is also anti-abortion, said after the debate that he doesn't believe "my God, or any God, would intend that to happen." Mourdock has less than a 5-point lead in the polls.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 31 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Why atheism doesn't have the upper hand over religion
- The world's dumbest idea: Taxing solar energy
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- Why would a young person today be religious?
- He said he was leaving. She ignored him.
- 14 wonderful words with no English equivalent
- Why I'm a pro-life liberal
- Why we can't stop procrastinating, according to science
- How Captain America won over China
Subscribe to the Week