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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Obama Weighs In on Mourdock Rape Comments

President Obama waded into the Richard Mourdock rape controversy on Wednesday, telling Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” on NBC that “rape is rape.”

Responding to Mr. Leno's question on the remarks by Mr. Mourdock, the Republican Senate candidate from Indiana who said Tuesday that a life conceived by rape was something “God intended to happen,” Mr. Obama said: “These various distinctions about rape don't make too much sense to me, don't make any sense to me.” He added that the remarks illustrate why it should not be left to only men to make decisions on women's issues.

Prompted by Mr. Leno, the president also went after Donald Trump, who said he would contribute $5 million to the president's favorite charity if Mr. Obama released his college and passport records.

Mr. Obama told Mr. Leno that the beef dates back to when he and Mr. Trump were growing up Kenya.

“We had constant run-ins on the soccer field,” Mr. Obama said. “He wasn' t very good and resented it. When we finally moved to America I thought it would be over.”

Responding to questions submitted by the audience, Mr. Obama said that trick-or-treaters could expect to get candy if they knocked on the White House door. He added that trick-or-treaters from Ohio could expect extra-large Hershey bars.