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Newt Gingrich On Mourdock Rape Comments: Why Can't People 'Get Over It?' (VIDEO)

10/28/2012 10:47 am 10:47:52 | Updated Oct 28, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Those who are expressing concern about Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's controversial comments about rape and pregnancy should "get over it," Newt Gingrich said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

"I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen," Mourdock said last week, explaining why he opposed abortions for rape victims.

Gingrich noted that Mourdock later clarified he had been referring to conception as an act of God, not the rape that led to it, though of course the conception and the sexual attack are inextricably linked.

"He also immediately issued a clarification saying he was referring to the act of conception, and he condemned rape," Gingrich said. "[Mitt] Romney has condemned -- I mean, one part of this is nonsense. Every candidate I know, every decent American I know condemns rape. OK, so why can't people like Stephanie Cutter get over it? We all condemn rape."

Gingrich was referring to the Obama adviser who was also appearing on "This Week," and who earlier in the segment had referenced Mourdock's comments.

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