Carly Fiorina: Mourdock’s Rape Comment Was “Stupid”

    October 29, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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Things got heated pretty quickly on Sunday’s episode of “Meet the Press”, which featured Rachel Maddow, Carly Fiorina, John Hickenlooper, and David Brooks, among others. The topics were varied, but the guests mostly wanted to talk about a few key facts from the respective campaigns of Mitt Romney and President Obama, as well as some of the more emotionally-charged statements which have come from their supporters.

When former CEO of Hewlett-Packard–and vice chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee–Carly Fiorina was asked to give her opinion on the recent remarks made by Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock about rape, she was quick to defend Mitt Romney on the matter and called out Mourdock for what she called a stupid statement.

“Well, first of all, talk about bad timing for Mitt Romney’s endorsement. Richard Mourdock said a really stupid thing and he apologized and Governor Romney’s position on life is identical to Richard Mourdock’s Democratic opponent. In other words, in that state, there are two pro-life candidates running, Richard Mourdock is clearly more extreme and I agree, I think, most people disagree with him. But here’s the reason why Governor Romney is gaining among women right now. He’s gaining among women. And that’s because women care about the economy. Women care about the role of government. Women care about their children’s education. Women care about their health care. And more women are living in poverty under this president that in anytime in decades, that’s why Governor Romney is winning with women,” she said.

Mourdock had said that “I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen”, which incensed many and could negatively impact his political career. Several recent remarks about rape made by male political figures has led to comedienne Tina Fey commenting on their poor choice of words.

“I wish we could have an honest and respectful dialogue about these complicated issues, but it seems like we can’t right now,” said Fey. “And if I have to listen to one more gray-faced man with a $2 haircut explain to me what rape is, I’m going to lose my mind.”

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  • http://webpronews.com Brian M

    It was great to hear from Keith Olbermanns’ brother Rachel Maddow.

    • UHOO

      …Zing #1 … politics can be funny !

    • SanDee1

      Rachel Maddow has more cojones than either of you!

      • Fredrico Martinez

        You got that right as I love her show as she is honest and very forthright in standing for women’s rights. The GOP has no clue to how real working people think or what concerns them as it is about control and the almighty dollar for them. Maybe they should ban viagra being as they don’t want birth control as it kind of goes hand to hand.

  • frank s

    D. Gregory let Fiorina go on too long.
    i used think she was OK, now i see what she’s really like and she turned me off completely. i lost any respect i had for her.
    just another gop hack.

  • boeharr

    Who the hell is Carly Fiorina to opine and talk against the Democrats and Obama. She was forced to resign from HP, their stock dropped by half amongst other failures in her career. She is inept and should get off the stage or at least keep her mouth shut and opinions to herself. She belongs with the Republican Party, a party of corrupt big business responsible for today’s economic collapse.

    • http://whitehouse.gov Gipper

      you should know, someone who never made it past the mailroom, who will never rise to the level of CEO of a huge company like HP. You’re the one who should shutup, your opinion has absolutely no value, you’re nobody and will never be anyone of importance.

      • http://msn.com marsha keymon

        hey gip you must be the head mailroom guy. we can tell you are because of your dirty knee’s.

  • Noz Cavan

    Fiorina, is another lap dog for the gop, saying the women care only about the economy , while a sign above the women head , flashing; God says it is okay to rape females and they will be pregnant, that is okay with God. That kind of thinking from fiorina , got her fired from her ceo job at Hewlett packard.

    • John

      You do not assist your cause when you chose to misrepresent what was clearly stated and written. No where does it state “the (sic) women care only about the ecomony.” Go back a listen to her comments or read it again; or is the trouble that you can’t read?

  • SouthernBelle

    Clearly, Old White Male Republicans should stay as far away from women’s vaginas as possible.

  • sylvia

    Can anyone read some logic into Mr. Murdocks statement? Perhaps he was not so eliquent in stating he believes that even when a life starts with a horrible violent encounter to the mother God’s plan can make something good come of the experience. The choice was there for a violent man to make a decision that altered a womans life forever, that was the wrong choice because it brought harm to another life. The choice of a woman to eliminate a child as a result of a violent encounter is no better reason to make the choice. Choice is defined as a decision to choose one thing, person, or course of action in preference to others.

    We want to provide rape victims with a means to help themselves through the physical and mental harm done to them. However the reality is that rape is the least common reason for a women to consider abortion. The most common reason for a woman to consider abortion is not Rape, but merely as a method of birth control for bad decisions to sleep with men for an ill prepared moment of gratification. Do what we do when we want to do and use abortion merely as a means of eliminating those bad decisions from our current situations. However, abortion can’t be undone, and what doubts or questions will always remain about the life we eliminated in that fleeting selfish moment to make it all go away. I feel for the pain of rape victims, and feel for the confusion of making bad decisions with men that obligate a woman in many ways. However, we have to step up and make better decisions so as not to have to continue making excuses to be make choice mean what we think we need it to mean.

    • whyicare

      Someone ought to explain to Mourdock that by his logics that it is pre-determined by God that a child is conceived through rape thus it is God’s design that someone slugs Mourdock in the mouth because it is God’s command that Mourdock ought to be punished for saying foolish things and using the name of the great Divine.

  • Donna

    Romney is gaining with women who are idiots just like Fiorina!

    • http://whitehouse.gov Gipper

      I guess it takes one to know one Donna. What is your great accomplishment in life? Have you ever done anything of importance? Ever worked hard and risen to the level of CEO of a large multinational corporation? Answers; Nothing, No & No. Before you have the urge to comment about subjects or people you have no understanding of listen to that tiny inner voice in your head telling you to STOP!

  • Sinh

    Now, I know why Carly Fiorina was fired from HPQ.

  • Larry

    Women see it as a problem! Men don’t, that why they make statement about rape, why because it is Men who rape, and women need Men to protect women from Men, it is that simple, I mean what if there were no laws, protecting women. Asking a man to stop raping is like asking a woman to stop liking (Money), it is not going to happen ever, it has always happen in the past and now and in the future. But a way for women to stop rape is to, Castrate all baby boy’s at birth, or just simply kill all Men in the world. And when that happen, then what lady’s? Men ask yourself this question do women have the right to say (YES) to sex, and 3 min later say (NO) while in the act, Now she can call the police and say you rape her, and you spend 400 yrs in prison. I am just saying!

    • http://webpronews diane

      As a 2 time rape survior ,you are correct , Its women who get raped most often ,it is on our minds .However you couldnt be farther from the truth when you say we need a man to protect us from men , Im quite capable of shooting the next mother ******, that tries I own a gun ,wouldnt think twice about it now that i am older , just wish I would have had one earlier .The money comment is funny because in our house my husband is the one who buys far more THINGS than I do . As the mother of 3 sons ,the answer is not to castrate all boys ,my sons are fine have been raised to respect women . I have the right to say no whenever I want . I also have the right to vote , And its there that i truly have a say on this and other issue proud to be an american ! But hate that I have to listen to this kind of crap coming out of peoples mouths , RAPE i devastating still effects my life today , anyone who doesnt believe Im a victim of a crime can kis my ass !

      • Fredrico Martinez

        Amen to that as you are right on the money with that statement, and I admire you for standing up for your rights.

  • Keith M

    It’s good to see Carly Fiorina in Republican politics. After all she ran HP into the ground until the board threw her out. Let’s hope she continues to bring that same experience to politics.

    • http://whitehouse.gov Gipper

      talking trash about a woman who worked very hard to get to that lofty, once male dominiated, position of CEO of a huge corporation, and you Keith M. while running your shift at 7Eleven, regardless of politics you should show more respect towards strong women who have made it in this world.

  • Natalie

    Everyone just needs to shut up. He obviously had a poor choice of words, and that’s all that is. He meant (obviously) that he thinks all life is precious even when it comes from a horrible situation. Give me a break, most people would agree with it if he hadn’t used the word rape. Jeez, you can hardly say anything these days without someone jumping all over your case if you didn’t say it perfectly!!!!

    • Fredrico Martinez

      Everyone does not need to shut up as it is a free country. When you run for a public office or matter of fact just mouthing off in general, you are held responsible for your comments. For a man that has such convictions about his religion and values, maybe he should have used a teleprompter. ROTFLMFAO

    • http://msn.com marsha keymon

      jeez natalie god intended it to happen.just as he intended you to have a smaller and slower brain.

  • Gentleman

    First and foremost, sadly, women are NOT the only ones that get raped. Men, boys, and girls are (again, sadly) raped…maybe not as frequently as women are raped, but men/boys/girls are raped on a daily basis. Yes, statistics show that, in most cases, a man rapes a woman. But women rape men (yes, it does happen…if you deny it, you’re either ignorant of the facts or you’re a moron), and both women AND men rape children (very sadly…if you don’t think women rape/molest children, you obviously haven’t heard of Mary Kay Letourneau or any of these other female-pedophiles).
    Second, neither Romney nor Obama have my vote. I’m an American…I vote for the person whom I think is going to do the best job, regardless of their political-party. Who am I voting for? Someone whom I believe will do a better job than Romney/Obama…ROSEANNE BARR!!! (Yes she is on the ballot). Haha, just kidding. But seriously, not voting for either Romney or Obama

  • american-american

    Carly is as stupid as her party, an embarrassment to women worldwide, and the camera should have focused on her dirty knees while she made her obnoxious and ignorant statements. I demand a gender check on this she/he devil.

  • Faux Pas

    Fiorina rarely makes coherent statements, so it’s perplexing why she’s on at all. Surely there are many conservative women to pick from who can speak with intelligence.
    I don’t care what your politics are, Rachel Maddow is brilliant, and Carly isn’t anywhere close to playing on Rachel’s level.

    • http://whitehouse.gov Gipper

      Maddow is vile and only matched in stupidity by her co-host Al Sharpton.

      • http://Webpronews Merryl

        Rachel Maddow is stupid? She graduated Yale and is a Rhodes Scholar. You are the stupid one. If you are supporting Mourdock and the rest of those used up old men who continue to tell women about rape.
        Let’s see one of those idiots get raped and then we can talk,although they still can’t get pregnant! Maybe,contracting HIV might be the alternative. Oh, I forgot…they don’t believe in condoms!

  • Shelia

    I don’t think it was a misstatement, he said exactly what he meant to say. Hell if that’s his position own it!

  • Summertime

    Any woman who votes for Romney/Ryan or any Republican will get what she deserves – her rights taken away. You don’t think it can happen? It happened to Egyptian woman who had all the rights and privileges we have and now they have none and are chattel. I remember what it was like before women in this country had rights – couldn’t get a loan or a credit card without a husband, father, or brother to sign with her. These fundamentalist radicals will have women back in the kitchen, having back alley abortions (that they can be prosecuted for), not being able to own property, or just be property. This is a slippery slope. What’s next after they take away women’s rights? Will it be blacks, latinos, gays, redheads, short men?

  • no joke1238

    Put Mourdock in the cell with Jerry Sandusky for a few days and then he will really know what rape is all about.