Election 2012

Romney Being Pressured to Discuss Mourdock's Rape Comments

Recent comments from the GOP's Indiana Senate candidate an unwelcome distraction

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DEFIANCE, Ohio (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney is renewing his focus on the nation's economy while facing continued pressure to break his silence on a GOP Senate candidate's statement that any pregnancy resulting from rape is "something God intended."

As Election Day looms less than two weeks away, the Republican presidential contender is also trying to move past new questions about his role in a key supporter's divorce. Court documents released Thursday reveal that Romney created a special class of company stock for Staples founder Tom Stemberg's then-wife as a "favor."

Romney has so far ignored the criticism and is instead accusing President Barack Obama of playing partisan politics in an "incredibly shrinking campaign."