A spokeswoman for Mitt Romney said today the US presidential hopeful disagreed with comments made by Indiana Republican senate candidate Richard Mourdock about rape and pregnancy.
During a debate in New Albany, Indiana, Mr Mourdock said when a woman became pregnant during a rape "that's something God intended".
His comments quickly drew criticism from Democrats, including challenger Joe Donnelly, who is locked in a tight race with Mr Mourdock.
Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in an email that Mr Mourdock's comments "do not reflect" Mr Romney's views.
Mr Mourdock's comments come a day after a new advert featuring Mr Romney giving his support for the Republican candidate went on the air.