The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee went after Indiana GOP Senate nominee Richard Mourdock directly on his controversial comments about rape and pregnancy from earlier this week in a tough new television ad, part of a $1.1 million buy.
The commercial starts with footage of Mourdock's comments, made during his debate with Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly. "Even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen," Mourdock says in the clip.
"God intended that a woman be raped and become pregnant?" says the ad's narrator. "Even Mitt Romney and Mike Pence believe Richard Mourdock goes too far and should apologize -- but not Mourdock."
The ad then goes to a Mourdock clip Democrats frequently highlight:
"To me the highlight of politics, frankly, is to inflict my opinion on someone else," he says in the television footage from May.
Indiana is a Republican-leaning state, but Mourdock and Donnelly have been locked in a close contest. Democrats have been painting the GOP state Treasurer as extreme.
While Romney quickly distanced himself from the comments, he cut an ad on Mourdock's behalf earlier this week, and the ad is still running in Indiana.