(CNN) – Rick Santorum backer Foster Friess apologized Friday for a now-viral comment he made Thursday about contraception.
"After listening to the segment ... I can understand how I confused people with the way I worded the joke and their taking offense is very understandable," Friess wrote in a blog post. "To all those who took my joke as modern day approach I deeply apologize and seek your forgiveness."
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His apology came after Republican presidential candidate Santorum distanced himself from the statement and women's advocacy groups criticized the billionaire mutual fund manager.
Friess joked Thursday that women used Bayer aspirin as birth control "back in (his) days."
"The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn't that costly," he said on MSNBC.
Later Thursday Friess, who has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to a pro-Santroum super PAC, said it was a joke and suggesting aspirin as a form of contraception "is pretty ridiculous and quite funny."
Santorum said Friday he is not responsible for comments from a donor and accused the media of "gotcha politics."
"It was a bad joke, it was a stupid joke. It's not reflective of me or my record on this issue," Santorum said on CBS "This Morning." "This is the same gotcha politics that you get from the media and I'm just not going to play that game."
The former Pennsylvania senator's comments followed statements from Planned Parenthood and the National Organization for Women.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards called birth control "basic health care," adding it is "not something to belittle on national TV."
And while Santorum called it "bad joke," he also said questioning over the issue represents a double standard from the media.
"With President Obama what you did was you went out and defended him against someone who he sat in a church for for 20 years and defended him that oh, he can't possibly believe what he listened to for 20 years," Santorum said referencing the controversial comments from Obama's former Rev. Jeremiah Wright. "It's a double standard, it's what you're pulling off and I'm going to call you on it."
Yet another reason not to vote for a goper.
Man liberals are really obtuse and just plain dumb. This guy was talking about a woman saying she has a "headache" not actually using aspirin as contraception. I think CNN should have an intelligence test before letting people post to this web site. It sure would get rid of much of the liberal progressive stupidity I read here on a daily basis. This is a personal responsibility issue. It is not the role of government to ensure that men are carrying condoms and women are on the pill...
Us ladies should start a revolution. We should all put an aspirin between our knees as a group and see how many men are laughing then. I didn't think it was that funny.
Obama's spiritual advisor and preacher preached hatred of America. And the president listened to it for 20 years, when he wasn't listening to convicted anti-American terrorists and radicals.
LOL...I', always amused by how offended people are publicly but privately they are no different. That's politics. Is funny to hear someone restate a joke older than me though. Guy should have pulled is condemn up over his mouth before the interview though. :)
Why is it that women cannot accept their lot in life? They should be barefoot, pregnant, and making little Republicans.
thank god im canadian
Maybe putting an aspirin in Friess" penis would work as birth control, too! Next thing you know Republicans will want to take away women's right to vote because we might actually vote for candidates that are willing to protect our rights!
Maybe putting an aspirin in Friess" urethra would work as birth control, too! Next thing you know Republicans will want to take away women's right to vote because we might actually vote for candidates that are willing to protect our rights!
Foster Friess should remove himself from the gene pool immediately. His existence is public insult to women
Stop it with the whole 'Gotcha' media every time someone says something you don't like, Santorum. Stand up and fight like a man. ;)
Why is this news? Some guy who isn't running for president made a joke about a political issue. So what.
Yea I wont vote for any GOP person. They have no idea what goes on in the medical community. They are naive about all medical issues. They bring in Religious leaders to plead their side. How about asking many of the females that take birth control for MEDICAL ISSUES!
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Goes to show, money IQ.
The knuckledragging Republican-Teaba$$er American Taliban would love to drag us back to 1950.
ooooooooooh.....................I've never been so offended in my life.......I hope Bill Clinton didn't hear this ...................
It's simple - Republican extreme conservatives = embarrassing morons.
This man made me feel embarrassed for being a woman.
If women have time to complain about this joke there must be a lot of really clean houses around the country.
Jann, could you possible gin up a little more false outrage. I think a little more sanctimony is in order.
I've been told this since I was very young another one is Keep the dam thing out of the dam thing and it is cost effective
Sure, Santorum says he refuses to play "gotcha politics." Until one of his opponents or their supporters say something dumb, then he plays.
This Santorum guy is hilarious. Cmon, let's see the RNC nominate this bimbo. Will be a record landslide for Obama. I think secretly, both Romney and Gingrich realize this, and they hope Santorum gets the RNC nod.
What a group of thin skinned morons. Y'all never come out of the woodwork with any facts to back up your simple minds. Your ignorance staggers the imagination. Y'all are truly a generation of poster children for your beloved abortions.
I am ashamed to admit such ignorance can exist in people that call themselves Americans. It saddens me to see the people of my nation so easily mis-lead by an out of control "liberal/progressive/socialist" agenda.