Cleveland, Ohio (CNN) - Mitt Romney steered clear of the Rush Limbaugh controversy until Friday evening, even avoiding a CNN reporter earlier in the day, when he addressed the issue after an event in Cleveland.
“I'll just say this which is it’s not the language I would have used," Romney said. "I’m focusing on the issues I think are significant in the country today and that’s why I’m here talking about jobs and Ohio.”
(CNN) - The Georgetown law student targeted by Rush Limbaugh for her position on contraceptives said Friday she was "upset and outraged" when she first heard the radio talk show host had called her a "slut."
"I felt probably the way many women do when they are called those types of names," Sandra Fluke told CNN. "Initially hurt and then very quickly upset and outraged because somebody is trying to silence you."
(CNN) – Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum on Friday dialed back on particular criticism of President Barack Obama, saying that his terming of Obama as a "snob" was a "little over the top."
"It was a strong term, probably not the smartest thing but you know what I don't give prepared talking points speeches written by other people," Santorum said in an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "I got a little passionate there and I used a harsher word than I normally would but the point was government shouldn't be dictating to people what they do."
Columbus, Ohio (CNN) – As polls show President Barack Obama making gains among women voters while the Republican candidates grapple with questions about contraception, Ann Romney tried Friday to steer the conversation back to the economy.
"I love it that women are concerned and voting for economic reasons," she told a handful of supporters at her husband's Ohio campaign headquarters in Columbus. "Moms are very angry about the deficit spending in Washington, D.C.
(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum labeled Rush Limbaugh "absurd" over disparaging remarks from the radio talk show host directed at a law student who testified before a House panel in support of access to contraceptives.
"He's being absurd, but that's you know, an entertainer can be absurd," Santorum told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Friday. "He's in a very different business than I am."
(CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign on Friday defended remarks he made as a gubernatorial candidate in 2002, in which he boasted about his ties to Washington and a knack for getting money from the nation's capital.
"I am a big believer in getting money where the money is," Romney said in a decade-old video. "The money is in Washington."
(CNN) – President Barack Obama called Sandra Fluke Friday to offer his support to the law student who has come under attack following her testimony to a House panel in support of access to contraceptives.
"The president was expressing his support for her and his disappointment in the kind of attacks that have been leveled at her and to her and his appreciation for her willingness to stand tall and express her opinion," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said at the White House press briefing.
Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign unleashed a new attack ad on Rick Santorum in the key battleground state of Ohio calling him "just another Washington insider."
The commercial, which started airing Thursday, emphasizes how Santorum has seemingly shifted positions on whether the government should support clinics that provide contraception and other health services for women.
(CNN) - Republican senators are proposing cybersecurity legislation calling for a series of government incentives to make sure that companies comply with security issues.
The bill is meant to counter separate proposed legislation that seeks to designate the Department of Homeland Security as the lead agency for securing the nation's cybersphere infrastructure.
(CNN) – Longtime Democratic Rep. Norm Dicks of Washington announced Friday he plans to retire after completing his current term in the House.
"The privilege of serving in the House of Representatives, with the endorsement of the voters every two years, is indeed an honor unlike no other profession in our country," Dicks said in a statement.