Sen. John McCain

October 28, 2012 by  

Sen. John McCain, After nearly 30 years in Congress and two presidential campaigns, John McCain knows of what he speaks when he says politicians have to “own up” to their mistakes. That’s why McCain’s statement that Richard Mourdock needs to say he’s sorry for his comments about rape and abortion to retain the Arizona Republican’s support stands out.

McCain is also the most prominent Republican to condition his support for Mourdock since the Indiana GOP nominee for Senate said when a woman becomes pregnant from rape “it is something God intended.”

Mourdock apologized Wednesday for how his words were construed, saying he was “inarticulate” and that people “mistook, twisted, came to misunderstand” that he believes life comes from God.

McCain praised Mourdock as a “fiscal conservative” who is “very qualified to hit the country running” at a campaign event last week, according to the Indianapolis Star. That endorsement was a big deal because McCain backed veteran Sen. Richard Lugar over Mourdock in Indiana’s hotly contested GOP primary earlier this year.

Asked Wednesday by CNN’s Anderson Cooper if he still supports Mourdock, McCain said, “It depends on what he does. The senator added that he’ll still be there for Mourdock if “he apologizes and says he misspoke and he was wrong and he asks the people to forgive him”

“It’s when you don’t own up to it, that people will not believe you,” McCain said.

The Mourdock story continues for another day. Stay tuned.

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