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Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock says he hasn't ruled out another run for political office — something he considered after his failed bid for U.S. Senate.

Mourdock, a Republican, lost to Democrat Joe Donnelly in the race for Republican Sen. Richard Lugar's seat after coming under criticism for his comment during an Oct. 23 debate that pregnancy resulting from rape is "something God intended." At an event in Evansville on Friday night, Mourdock said he has recovered mentally and physically from his loss to Donnelly and would consider another run for office, the Evansville Courier & Press reported.

Mourdock did not say what office he might run for, but he said he's ready to move past his crushing defeat. Donnelly's win in November helped Democrats build a 55-45 seat advantage in the Senate.

"I'll be honest: This one was very difficult to lose," said Mourdock, who was in Evansville for the Vanderburgh County GOP Lincoln Day dinner.

During the event, many Republicans cast Mourdock as a good man who paid an extraordinarily high price for a poor choice of words. Some blamed what they called a hostile news media, repeating what Mourdock's campaign finance director Ashlee Walls wrote in an e-mail to supporters in December: that the Republican Senate candidate was "caught in the liberal media cross hairs." Mourdock refused to apologize for the remark, and Democrats spent heavily for ads repeating it for voters.

It was Mourdock's third GOP Lincoln Day dinner of the week, and three more are planned.

Vanderburgh County GOP Chairman Wayne Parke said Mourdock's loss was heartbreaking, calling it "a five-second thing."

Asked about the comment he made regarding pregnancy and rape, Mourdock said: "I made my statement that night and clarified as many times as I possibly can. I believe God is the author of life and certainly I want life respected."

Mourdock, who has two years left in his term as treasurer, said he won't shrink from the scene no matter what happens in the future.

"I'm going to find a way to have my voice heard," he said.

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  • Where are they now.
    Fascinating that only Executive showed up here to comment as part of the "Tea Party" Repubs (I can imagine John Adams and other "real" historical patriots rolling over in their graves looking at the motley undeserving group who has co-opted that title currently). Where are the rest of the loudmouths who couldn't wait to retire Richard Lugar?...they sure didn't hesitate to comment here before the election, calling people RINO's, diverting everyone's attention with their claptrap about social issues and the world going to hell in a handbasket. And even with Tod Akin's example set before him, showing him where not to tread, Mourdock utters his famous "God intended" remark...he indeed was the "wind" beneath Donnelly and Obama's wings...hilarious. Someone please tell Ashlee Walls that he was no more in the Liberal media's crosshairs than Obama was in Fox News' crosshairs...he is an opportunist and a one trick pony with no real ideas, and given enough time, he lived down to his ability, and lots of other GOP caught the shrapenel when he exploded..."I am going to find a way to have my voice heard"...can't wait...that is what happens when lack of smarts meets massive ego...go away Mourdock, your 15 minutes was up a long time ago.
  • What have you been drinking?
    Lugar was the greatest elected official in Indiana history, Nobel Peace prize nominee, one of the 10 top US senators, Rhodes scholar, intellectual, former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, lst in his class at Denison, visionary Mayor of Indianapolis. Mourdock's one big achievement was to insure that Donnelly won.
  • Are you kidding?
    Richard Mourdock may have cost Romney the election. Romney and Obama were almost tied with the women's vote shortly before the election. Then Mourdock uttered his famous line and Romney's support among women voters tanked. Democrats were running the Romney TV ad for Mourdock in other states. Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Lugar.
  • Works for me!
    "...let him win the primary when Dan Coates is up for reelection and give the Democrats another Senate seat." Works for me!
  • Just Go Away!!
    There are a lot of very intelligent Republicans who would make good candidates for public office. Mourdock is definitely NOT one of them. He is a disaster. He obviously has no ability whatsoever to think on his feet and if you don't have that skill finely honed you have no business in politics. The very idea that he is even thinking about running for another office tells us he is not very bright and certainly out of touch. It took out of state money to propel him past Lugar and I hope those people go away and let us win the seat back with someone sensible. Anyone who runs on social issues will never get my vote, irrespective of political party affiliation. Bayh, Daniels and perhaps Bosma have all been effective leaders without owing their successes to single-issue crackpots.
  • Just Go Away!!
    There are a lot of very intelligent Republicans who would make good candidates for public office. Mourdock is definitely NOT one of them. He is a disaster. He obviously has no ability whatsoever to think on his feet and if you don't have that skill finely honed you have no business in politics. The very idea that he is even thinking about running for another office tells us he is not very bright and certainly out of touch. It took out of state money to propel him past Lugar and I hope those people go away and let us win the seat back with someone sensible. Anyone who runs on social issues will never get my vote, irrespective of political party affiliation. Bayh, Daniels and perhaps Bosma have all been effective leaders without owing their successes to single-issue crackpots.
  • Not enough damage all ready
    He apparently thinks he can cause more damage to the State and the Republican party.
  • Kneejerkers Refrain
    Richard Mourdock, and the 61% of Republican primary voters who retired "Tricky Dick" Lugar owe no apologies to anyone, let alone those calling themselves 'lifelong Republicans',who refused to support the Party's candidate. They, like Lugar, are no longer Republicans...Oh wait, maybe they really are what the sad Republican mainstream have become. Old, impotent and inept.
    • Couldn't agree more!
      As a lifelong Republican voter, I just couldn't bring myself to vote for this guy. Give it up Dick Mourdock.
    • Suggestion
      Thank you Mr. Mourdock, you made me laugh, and laughter is good for my health. You are a joke unto yourself, and if the TEA Party is so foolish as to anoint you for a second run at national prominence, then the TEA Party Leadership is dumber than I thought.
    • Before you think about that
      Mr. Mourdoch before you think about running for any office you owe these 3 people/organizations an apology. First you owe Richard Lugar a serious apology for ending his great career. Second you owe the Indiana Republican Party an apology for giving a senate seat to the democrats. and Finally you owe the national Republican party and the republicans in the senate an apology for helping to chip away at the Republican chances to take control of the senate.
      • God's Will
        He should save himself the time and everyone else the money. He will never get over the "it is something God intended" comment. Idiotic statements like that are never forgotten. It cost him the last election and it will cost him future elections.
      • The Gift That Keeps on Giving
        Great, let him win the primary when Dan Coates is up for reelection and give the Democrats another Senate seat. One thing you've got to say about the Indiana Tea Party, they never quite got the meaning of "how dumb is too dumb?"

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