WASHINGTON - Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said on Sunday that the issue of abortion will not play a role in the elections next Tuesday, despite media attention to it. "I've had one person talking about the abortion issue during this entire campaign," Johnson said on Fox News Sunday. "It's just -- it's not even an issue here in Wisconsin, it doesn't even move the radar at all."
Johnson's comments came in response to a question from host Chris Wallace, who played tape of Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock saying that abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape. "I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen," Mourdock said.
Wallace asked how women can plausibly support such candidates. "Abortion doesn't even show up," Johnson said, insisting that the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi is a much more important issue to voters.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) disagreed. "Our state legislature made Virginia frankly a laughing stock with some of its ultrasound-type procedures it was proposing," Warner said, referring to a bill that would have required women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound involving a transvaginal probe. Warner suggested people aren't interested in "turning the keys over to some of these guys who seem so disconnected."
"Somehow saying that these are not issues of importance" is wrong, Warner said, arguing that "both women and men want to keep elected officials out of some of these personal decisions."