Just a week after Indiana Senate nominee Richard Mourdock faced criticism for saying pregnancy from rape was "something God intended," another Republican candidate is in hot water for making controversial statements about rape and abortion. John Koster, a Tea Party Republican running for a hotly contested congressional seat in Washington state, says he opposes abortions, including in cases of "the rape thing," because abortion inflicts "more violence onto a woman's body." The campaign of Koster's Democratic opponent, former Microsoft executive and state revenue director Suzan DelBene, said the remark showed that Koster is "out of touch." Koster's campaign accused DelBene's campaign of twisting his words, secretly recorded at a weekend fundraiser, to make him sound "'callous' or 'cavalier.'"
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