INDIANAPOLIS - Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is getting an unusual offer from adult entertainment publisher Larry Flynt.
Flynt took out a full page ad in Thursday's Indianapolis Star offering Mourdock $1 million for proof to substantiate his comments made during last week's debate that "even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."
"Please be kind enough to verify your claim for a wondering nation," Flynt wrote. "I will accept for purposes of this reward 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 also posted the letter on his website, where he identifies himself as a free speech activist. He gave Mourdock a deadline of 8 p.m. Nov. 5.
"I assume that you would not have made this statement unless you had been authorized by God. No one who believes in God would ever use the Almighty’s name in vain. That would be blasphemy," Flynt wrote. "I am eager to receive your proof and pay my $1 million reward to you."
RTV6's Norman Cox spoke with Flynt on the phone Thursday evening.
"I can't believe that someone who makes such a stupid, asinine remark still remains in the race for the U.S. Senate," Flynt said. "It just boggles my mind. I can't imagine that Indiana would elect this man."
Seeking to clarify his comments, Mourdock said last week that he stood by his comment but regretted that his remark had been misconstrued.
In a statement Thursday, Mourdock's campaign pointed the finger at Democratic challenger Joe Donnelly.
"This is just another sleazy attack on my faith. Congressman Donnelly will have to defend the Hollywood friends he keeps," the statement read.
RTV6 political analyst Abdul-Hakim Shabazz said while the race has clearly jumped the shark, it isn't clear which way this event might push the race, and with the contest so close, any movement could be huge.
"Probably like a lot of people, when I first saw it, I'm like, you have to be kidding me. This cannot be serious," he said. "But it is Larry Flynt. Now the quick question is, what does this do politically?"
"I think when you're speaking the truth, most people will accept it, regardless of if you're coming from the right or the left," Flynt said.