Asked about his stance on abortion, Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Tom Smith said he opposes them in all circumstances, including rape and incest, then gave some bizarre statements to reporters, seemingly at one point equating pregnancies out of wedlock with ones caused by rape.
The exchange, from Philly.com:
“I lived something similar to that with my own family. She chose life, and I commend her for that… . Don’t get me wrong; it wasn’t rape.”
Pressed as to what he was talking about, Smith responded: “Having a baby out of wedlock.” After that, he seemed to struggle to articulate what he meant.
“That’s similar to rape?” a reporter asked.
“No, no, no,” said Smith, who was referring to a daughter’s decision to have a child outside marriage. Then he added, “But, well, put yourself in a father’s position. Yes, I mean, it is similar.”
Smith later backtracked his statements.