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Another Republican candidate for office has opened his mouth and stuck his foot squarely in it with more insensitive and outrageous comments concerning abortion.
And, of course, he’s a proud member of the Tea Party.
Washington state Congressional candidate John Koster says he opposes abortions, even when it involves pregnancies that result from “the rape thing.”
And, as for incest, he says its too rare to even consider.
Said Koster in a recording made at a fundraiser in Everett, Washington:
Incest is so rare, I mean, it’s so rare. But the rape thing, you know, I know a woman who was raped and kept her child, gave it up for adoption. She doesn’t regret it. In fact, she is a big pro-life proponent.
But on the rape thing, it’s like, how does putting more violence onto a woman’s body and taking the life of an innocent child that’s a consequence of this crime, how does that make it better?
Koster’s opponent, state revenue director — and former Microsoft executive — Suzan DelBene, called Koster’s remarks a prime example of being “out of touch.”
Koster’s remarks add to an incredible election year that includes Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock saying pregnancy from rape is “something that God intended to happen” and Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin claiming that women have “natural defenses” against “legitimate rape.”
Koster doesn’t deny making the statements but calls circulation of the recording a “dirty trick” of the DelBene camp and claims his comments were “taken out of context.”
Just what context Koster had in mind when he made the statement is still not clear.
Koster’s campaign did not return phone calls or emails from Capitol Hill Blue seeking comment on his remarks.