OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A Washington state congressional candidate in one of the nation's tightest races says abortion should not be legal, even when it involves the rape thing.

A liberal advocacy group provided audio to The Associated Press on Wednesday in which Republican hopeful John Koster was explaining his views on abortion at a Sunday fundraiser. Koster says he does not oppose abortion when the life of the mother is in danger but then explains he would oppose it when it involves rape or incest.

Koster twice uses the phrase the rape thing when describing his views on abortion, saying it doesn't make the situation better by putting more violence into a woman's body.

Here is the transcript of the conversation, posted on YouTube:

Questioner: Is there any time that you would agree with abortion?

Koster: When a mother's life in in danger. I'm not going to make that decision. You know, I know they go out and... incest is so rare, I mean, it's so rare. But the rape know, I know a woman who was raped and kept her child, gave it up for adoption, she doesn't regret it. In fact, she's a big pro-life proponent. But on the rape thing, it's like, how does putting more violence onto a woman's body and taking the life of an innocent child that's a consequence of this crime, how does that make it better? You know what I mean?

Questioner: But she has to live with the consequence of that crime.

Koster: Well you know crime has consequences, but how does it make it better by killing a child?

Koster's campaign manager Larry Stickney says Koster has been a huge proponent of dealing strongly with sex offenders. He says the implication that Koster is cavalier about the issue is preposterous.

Koster is locked in one of the nation's most competitive congressional races in Washington's 1st District against Democrat Suzan DelBene. A KING 5 News poll released Oct. 23 showed DelBene leading Koster 47 percent to 44 percent, but it was within the poll's margin of error.

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