Barbour: Mourdock comment 'kind of crazy,' but not what presidential election about

Democrats immediately seized on the comments, with President Obama using an appearance on "The Tonight Show" to criticize the Indiana Republican.

"You know, I don't know how these guys come up with these ideas," Obama said. "Let me make a very simple proposition. Rape is rape. It is a crime. And so, these various distinctions about rape and, you know — don't make too much sense to me. Don't make any sense to me."

Barbour, asked if Mourdock should apologize, said, "He's got to decide that.

"It's not what i think," Mourdock said. "But I can tell you, Barack Obama loves it when CBS News or CNN or Fox News is talking about what some guy running for senator said, instead of what the American people are really concerned about, because the more this election is about the economy and jobs, the worse Obama does."

In a press conference Wednesday, Mourdock accused Democrats of twisting the meaning of his comments.

"I would be less than faithful to my faith if I said anything other than 'Life is precious.' I think it is a gift from God. I don't think God would ever want anyone harmed, sexually abused or raped. I think it's wrong when someone wants to take what I said and twist it," Mourdock said.

The Romney campaign on Wednesday said that the presidential nominee disagreed with Mourdock's comments, but would not ask the Senate candidate to take down an ad featuring Romney.