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Darryl Glenn Says Children From Rape 'a Gift From God"

Colorado Republican candidate is already a long shot in Senate race

Colorado Senate nominee Darryl Glenn's comments are the latest in a line of Republican candidates making controversial comments about abortion and rape. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A video from a year ago has been unearthed that shows Colorado Republican Senate candidate Darryl Glenn calling children born from rape "a gift from God."

The clip, featured in the Colorado Springs Independent, shows Glenn telling a campaign event audience in Jefferson County in 2015 that if a woman wants an abortion, "don't ask me to pay for it."

"That’s a gift from God," he said. "There are no exceptions with that. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to pray for you."

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The comments have shades of 2012 when Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, who was running against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, said that if a woman is raped and it is "legitimate rape," then the body "has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." 

That same year, Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, running against Democrat Joe Donnelly, said that "even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."

Both Mourdock and Akin lost their races, but Glenn's comments will not likely move the needle much as he has long been short on campaign cash and has trailed incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in the polls.

The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call rates the race as Safe Democrat.

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