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Hustler publisher offers Mourdock $1 million to prove God remark

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The fallout continues from U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s remark that pregnancy resulting from rape “is something that God intended to happen.”

Larry Flynt, publisher of sexually explicit materials, has offered Republican state Treasurer Mourdock $1 million if he can prove his statement, which he made in an Oct. 23 debate with Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-2nd, and Libertarian Andrew Horning.

Flynt, best known as the publisher of Hustler magazine, made the cash offer in a full-page advertisement in Thursday’s editions of the Indianapolis Star.

The ad asks for “any verifiable transcript of your personal conversations with God; letters, email, text messages or videos from God, or messages addressed to you from God transmitted by any third party, including the Republican National Committee or the Romney/Ryan campaign.”

Flynt says in the ad, “I assume that you would not have made this statement unless you had been authorized by God.”

The ad states that Flynt’s offer is valid until 8 p.m. Monday, the night before the election.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Flynt said Mourdock’s comment “is insulting to the intelligence of the average person.”

Mourdock said in a statement: “This is just another sleazy attack on my faith. Congressman Donnelly will have to defend the Hollywood friends he keeps. As for me, I’m going to talk about repealing ObamaCare and creating jobs.”

Donnelly’s campaign declined to respond.

Flynt’s offer came about a week after real estate mogul Donald Trump offered President Obama $5 million to give to charity if Obama makes public his college transcripts and passport application.

Also Thursday, Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a website run by Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, moved the Indiana Senate race from a “toss-up” between Mourdock and Donnelly to “leans Democratic.”

“Now, after Mourdock’s Akin-esque gaffe about abortion and rape, Donnelly’s numbers have gone up,” the website said.

Todd Akin, the Republican candidate for a Senate seat from Missouri, said in August that “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down” to prevent pregnancy.

Sabato’s Crystal Ball concludes that while Mourdock might still win “despite himself,” Donnelly “seems to us to be the favorite.”

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