Romney Hasn't Asked Mourdock to Pull Ad After Rape Comments

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RENO, Nev. - Mitt Romney's campaign has not asked Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock to remove an ad featuring the presidential candidate after Mourdock suggested that children conceived during rape were "intended" by God.

Romney's support of Mourdock was made official earlier this week in a television ad in which the presidential candidate appears on camera to pledge his support.

"Richard will help stop the liberal Reid-Pelosi agenda," Romney says in the video. "With so much at stake, I hope you'll join me in supporting Richard Mourdock for U.S. Senate."

The question of whether Romney would ask that the ad be removed comes after a Senate debate Tuesday night during which Mourdock said, "even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen."

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Today, in a statement, Mourdock said: "God creates life, and that was my point. God does not want rape, and by no means was I suggesting that he does. Rape is a horrible thing, and for anyone to twist my words otherwise is absurd and sick."

Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for Romney, said in a statement that the GOP nominee disagrees with Mourdock and that "Mr. Mourdock's comments do not reflect Gov. Romney's views."

"We disagree on the policy regarding exceptions for rape and incest, but still support him," said Saul.

Romney is pro-life, but believes in exceptions for abortion in the case of rape, incest, or if the life of the mother is in danger.