“Richard Mourdock’s comments were highly inappropriate and offensive. They do not reflect my beliefs as a woman or a pro-choice candidate,” McMahon said.
She joins Scott Brown among other Republicans who have rejected Mourdock’s comments.
Mourdock, a candidate for U.S. Senate, set off the firestorm when he said during a debate Tuesday night that ”life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen.”
Meanwhile, the campaign of McMahon’s Democratic opponent, Chris Murphy, wasted no time trying tie McMahon to Mourdock.
“When Republicans across the country continue to show complete disregard for women’s rights and rape victims, it’s a startling reminder to Connecticut women that Linda McMahon would join and empower far-right Republicans in Washington,” said Murphy spokesman Eli Zupnick.
“McMahon will almost certainly continue to play politics with the issue, and might even denounce Mourdock’s comments to try to sound ‘independent,’ but Connecticut women don’t buy her campaign rhetoric and will continue to reject her extreme policies to deny coverage for birth control and allow hospitals to refuse care for rape victims.”