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Speaking to reporters after an appearance at the Pennsylvania Press Club, Mr. Smith said he did not condone rape but was categorically opposed to abortion under any circumstances, including rape or incest.

“I lived something similar to that with my own family, and she chose the life, and I commend her for that,” said Mr. Smith, adding that his daughter was not raped. “She knew my views, but fortunately for me she chose the way I thought.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports