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Mourdock returns to New Albany days after rape comment set off firestorm

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Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock spoke with reporters Friday afternoon. Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock spoke with reporters Friday afternoon.

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock returned to New Albany for a roundtable discussion and reception on Friday, days after a comment he made there about rape set off a national firestorm.

Fellow Republicans worried about backlash from the comment suggested Mourdock stick to the topics of the economy and attacking President Obama's healthcare plan, and he appears to be heeding that advice.

During the roundtable discussion with local doctors, Mourdock's campaign said he would discuss what he calls "the adverse effects of the president's Affordable Care Act."

But Mourdock is still having a hard time distancing himself from his comment during Tuesday night's Indiana Senate debate in New Albany that "rape resulting in pregnancy is something God intended."

Many Republicans, such as presidential candidate Mitt Romney, began distancing themselves from Mourdock after he made the comment; although Romney continues to support Mourdock.

Gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence sought an apology from Mourdock, but Mourdock has not offered one. Instead, he has said that he spoke from his heart and said he is sorry his comments were misinterpreted.

When WAVE 3 asked Mourdock whether a press conference he was holding about healthcare was to draw attention away from his comment about rape, he said that was not the case and that he was simply trying to get back to some of the issues he started campaigning for.

Mourdock planned to attend a reception Friday night at the home of Dr. Dan and Stephanie Eichenberger.

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