O N T H E
The Crimson White is the communitynewspaper of The University of Alabama.The Crimson White is an editorially freenewspaper produced by students.The University of Alabama cannot influ-ence editorial decisions and editorialopinions are those of the editorial boardand do not represent the official opinionsof the University.Advertising offices of The Crimson Whiteare on the first floor, Student PublicationsBuilding, 923 University Blvd. The adver-tising mailing address is P.O. Box 2389,Tuscaloosa, AL 35403-2389.The Crimson White (USPS 138020) ispublished four times weekly when classesare in session during Fall and SpringSemester except for the Monday afterSpring Break and the Monday afterThanksgiving, and once a week whenschool is in session for the summer. Markedcalendar provided.The Crimson White is provided forfree up to three issues. Any other papersare $1.00. The subscription rate for TheCrimson White is $125 per year. Checksshould be made payable to The Universityof Alabama and sent to: The CrimsonWhite Subscription Department, P.O. Box2389, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403-2389.The Crimson White is entered as peri-odical postage at Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.POSTMASTER: Send address changesto The Crimson White, P.O. Box 2389,Tuscaloosa, AL 35403-2389.All material contained herein, exceptadvertising or where indicated oth-erwise, is Copyright © 2012 by TheCrimson White and protected under the“Work Made for Hire” and “PeriodicalPublication” categories of the U.S. copy-right laws.Material herein may not be reprintedwithout the expressed, written permissionof The Crimson White.
P.O. Box 870170 Tuscaloosa, AL 35487Newsroom: 348-6144 | Fax: 348-8036Advertising: 348-7845Classiﬁeds: 348-7355
Territory Manager 348-2598Classified Manager 348-7355
Special Projects Managerosmspecialprojects@gmail.com
348-8042Creative Services Manager
chief copy editor
lead graphic designer
FOLLOW US ONTWITTER@THECRIMSONWHITE VISIT US ONLINE ATCW.UA.EDU
From MCT Campus
WASHINGTON—Democrats seizedWednesday on a RepublicanSenate candidate’s com-ments about pregnancy,looking to regain an upperhand with female vot-ers not only in that state,but also in the nationwidepresidential campaign.The candidate, RichardMourdock of Indiana, apolo-gized Wednesday for whathe called the awkwardnessof his remarks, in whichhe defended his oppositionto abortion in most casesby saying that even preg-nancy caused by rape isthe will of God. Democratscriticized him, saying theremarks were demeaning towomen and working to con-vince women to turn awayfrom Mourdock as well asRepublican presidential can-didate Mitt Romney.The brouhaha came asboth parties wage a high-stakes contest for the sup-port of female voters, afight given new urgency asDemocrats have lost theirbig lead among womenand consequently foundPresident Barack Obama ina neck-and neck-fight for thepresidency.It was unclear whetherDemocrats would be able toregain their historic advan-tage nationally amongwomen. Last-minute con-troversies have a history of affecting close races, but thistime most voters alreadyhave decided on their can-didates. The controversy’simpact on persuadable vot-ers could depend on howlong the story survives.“Is this likely to affect alot of voters? I’m skeptical,”said Peter Brown, assistantdirector of the QuinnipiacUniversity Polling Institute.The greatest impact couldcome in the Indiana Senaterace, where Mourdock isfighting to keep the seatnow held by Richard Lugarin Republican hands. “Oddsare 75 percent it will costMourdock the seat,” saidBrad Coker, the managingdirector of Mason-DixonPolling & Research. “It’sgoing to be something thatwill dominate local newsall week.”The story started in aSenate debate Tuesday nightwhen Mourdock was askedabout his opposition to abor-tion in all cases except whenthe woman’s life is in dan-ger. His opponent, Rep. JoeDonnelly, D-Ind., supportsabortion rights in cases of rape, incest or saving thewoman’s life.“I struggled with it myself for a long time,” a highlyemotional Mourdock said.“But I came to realize life
Democrats hit GOP candidate Richard Mourdock’s comments on pregnancy
is that gift from God, and Ithink even when life beginsin that horrible situationof rape, that it is some-thing that God intendedto happen.”Soon after the debate, heand his campaign worked tomake sure no one thought hewas saying that rape itself was God’s will. “God createslife, and that was my point,”a campaign statement said.“God does not want rape,and by no means was I sug-gesting that He does. Rape isa horrible thing, and for any-one to twist my words other-wise is absurd and sick.”On Wednesday, Mourdockapologized for giving theimpression to anyone thathe condoned rape or thathe thought God condonedrape. “I have certainly beenhumbled by the fact thatso many people think thatsomehow was an interpreta-tion,” he said. “I absolutelyabhor violence. I abhor anykind of sexual violence. I amabsolutely convinced thatthe God I worship abhorsviolence.”Romney, who’s endorsedMourdock and appears in aTV ad for him that startedairing Monday, distancedhimself from Mourdock’sremarks.“Gov. Romney disagreeswith Richard Mourdock’scomments, and they do notreflect his views,” spokes-woman Andrea Saul said.Romney opposes abor-tion rights, but does sup-port exceptions in cases of rape, incest or to save thewoman’s life.He didn’t withdrawhis endorsement or askthat the ad featuring hisendorsement be pulled fromIndiana’s airwaves.Democrats hit Mourdockand Romney withinmoments of the debate andcontinued Wednesday.“The president felt thosecomments were outrageousand demeaning to women,”Obama campaign spokes-woman Jen Psaki saidWednesday, raising the sub- ject herself when reportersdidn’t ask about it. “This is areminder that a RepublicanCongress working with aRepublican president MittRomney would (feel) thatwomen should not be ableto make choices about theirown health care.”“National Republicanscannot paper over RichardMourdock’s heinous viewson rape. Enough is enough,”added Sen. Patty Murray,D-Wash, the chair of theDemocratic SenatorialCampaign Committee.The DemocraticCongressional CampaignCommittee, the politicaloperation for the party’sHouse of Representativescandidates, worked to gen-erate traffic on Twitter tospread the story and keep italive.Democrats also hopedthat the Mourdock remarkswould cause the same con-troversy as remarks ear-lier this year by RepublicanSenate candidate Todd Akinin Missouri. Akin, a Missouricongressman, set off a fire-storm when he explained hisopposition to abortion rightseven in cases of rape by say-ing it was rare for a womanto get pregnant if she reallywere raped.Republican leaders,including Romney, dis-tanced themselves fromAkin.In this case, Republicanleaders and their allies werefirm Wednesday in lining upbehind Mourdock.“Richard and I, along withmillions of Americans –including even Joe Donnelly– believe that life is a giftfrom God. To try and con-strue his words as anythingother than a restatement of that belief is irresponsibleand ridiculous,” said Sen.John Cornyn, R-Texas, thechairman of the NationalRepublican SenatorialCommittee.“Richard Mourdock saidthat life is always a gift fromGod, and we couldn’t agreemore. To report his state-ment as an endorsement of rape is either willfully igno-rant or malicious,” addedMarjorie Dannenfelser, thepresident of the conserva-tive Susan B. Anthony List.The major Western reli-gions take varying positionson abortion.“The Catholic Church’sposition is that direct abor-tion is the killing of an inno-cent life. However tragic,there are no exceptions tothis position, even to savethe life of the mother,” saidKarey Harwood, an associ-ate professor of religiousstudies at North CarolinaState University. “TheJewish and Protestant posi-tions are too internallydiverse to summarize assingular positions.”
BAMA’S WINNING MARGIN IS YOUR DISCOUNT!
If Bama wins by 30 points, then your discount is 30%...If Bama wins by 12 points, then your discount is 12%...OFF OF EVERYTHING IN THE STORE!
(Excludes “Sale” items)
Minimum discount is 5% and maximum is 30% .(SUNDAY ONLY)