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RNC chief Priebus: Voters are ‘not talking’ about Mourdock remark

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, said on Sunday that he doesn't believe  comments made by two Republican Senate candidates surrounding rape and abortion will cause a backlash against Mitt Romney.

"I don't think any party has a monopoly on gaffes," he said on CNN's State of the Union.

Priebus was remarking on recent comments made by GOP candidate for Senate in Indiana Richard Mourdock. 

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In a debate this week, Mourdock decried rape in strong terms, but argued God chooses when pregnancy occurs, stating "even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something God intended to happen."

As en evangelical Christian Mourdock believes that God chooses when conception happens and that abortion is equivalent to murder. 

Democrats have sought to turn Mourdock into another Rep. Todd Akin, the GOP Senate candidate in Missouri, who attracted controversy for claiming the body can stop pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.”

But while Mourdock’s comments were different, some Republicans have criticized him, while others, including the candidate have accused Democrats of twisting his words.

Priebus on Sunday said when he speaks to voters, they're not concerned about the comments.

"Clearly, you know, people running for office misspeak and they make mistakes, but I think the reality is, Candy, overwhelmingly people out there are not -- I promise you, people out there are not talking about what Richard Mourdock said," he said.

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