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."