House Democrats call on Boehner to repudiate Limbaugh's 'slut' comment
March 2nd, 2012
06:30 AM ET
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House Democrats call on Boehner to repudiate Limbaugh's 'slut' comment

Washington (CNN) - House Democrats sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday urging him to "repudiate" conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh for calling a young woman who appeared before a congressional panel a "slut" and a "prostitute."

On his show Wednesday, Limbaugh disparaged Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law student who appeared before House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's policy committee last week to advocate that women have access to contraceptives.

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"What does it say about the college co-ed [Sandra] Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says she must be paid to have sex?" Limbaugh asked. "What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex."

Pelosi and other top Democratic leaders in a statement Wednesday called Limbaugh's comments "vicious attacks," and the House Democrats' campaign arm began circulating a petition calling on GOP leaders to denounce the radio host.

Fluke released a statement Thursday saying, "No woman deserves to be disrespected in this manner. This language is an attack on all women, and has been used throughout history to silence our voices."

But the backlash from Democrats only fueled Limbaugh to repeat his remarks about Fluke on his program Thursday, and mock Pelosi and the Democratic campaign committee for seizing on them.

Limbaugh also invoked a reference to a controversial statement from wealthy conservative contributor Foster Friess. In a recent interview Friess was asked about the Obama administration's policy requiring health insurers to provide contraception coverage, even for those plans offered by religious-affiliated organizations that oppose birth control on moral grounds. Friess joked that women "in his day" used to hold Bayer aspirin between their legs as a method of birth control.

"I'm offering a compromise today. I will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want," Limbaugh said.

The letter to Boehner from more than 75 House Democrats appeals to top GOP leaders to publicly condemn Limbaugh's comments.

"This kind of direct attack on a private citizen is unacceptable," the letter states, and goes on to say, "Mr. Limbaugh is as free as any American to speak his mind about the political and social issues of our time, but using his radio show as a means for blatantly insulting a hard working American with obscene and indecent language because he disagrees with her personal choices is an abuse of the public airwaves."

Boehner's office has not responded to a request from CNN to comment on the matter.

The political message war has heated up since the Obama administration announced its contraception policy. The Senate defeated a GOP measure Thursday that would overturn the administration's rule.

In addition to getting nearly half a million people to sign onto an online petition, the House Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is raising money off the issue. In an email kicking off "Women's History Month" on Thursday Pelosi urged people to sign the Limbaugh petition, but also announced the new "women's health rapid response" fund set up a week ago already has more than a million dollars in donations.

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Mc

    Don't hold your breath waiting for any Republican to repudiate anything said by Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin or Grover Norquist. The elected GOP members are the tails – these guys are the dogs...

    March 1, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. rpasea

    Aren't there laws against defamation like this or have we sunk to the level where such attacks are acceptable?

    March 1, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  3. Liz the First

    Thank you, Rush, for saying out loud what the rethugs think but don't have the guts to say to our faces. keep up showing the world how vile and morally bankrupt you and the party you shill for are. what woman in her right mind would vote for these woman-hating neanderthals? the answer is NO woman in her right mind votes rethug.

    March 1, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  4. B

    If Imus was taken off the air for his comment, why can't Rush be given a serious smack-down.

    March 1, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  5. Relax

    So Rush Limbaugh, a well known attention grabbing loud mouth, spewed his normal trash and everyone is upset. When do we learn to stop giving air time to these blow hards. He doesn't speak for me anyone I know. But MSNBC has already insinuated this is how all Republican's think.

    I voted for Obama and we are more divided today then we were 5 years ago. When will we learn to ignore the obvious attempts at attention grabbing and grow up.

    March 1, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. me

    you're kidding, right? Why should house republicans have to apologize for what a radio talk show host says?? maybe the democrats should apologize to her for putting her in a position to be attacked by Rush. A new low for senate democrats

    March 1, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. Arden Cogar

    Rush Limbaugh has reached a whole new level of disrespect towards all women in general and Miss Fluke in particular. He is incredibly narrow-minded and vicious. I won't even begin to discuss his lack of intelligence.

    March 1, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  8. ufadoof

    Boehner apologize? Limbaugh should be the one apologizing. But hey, he is so out of touch now that he doesn't realize he is further alienating women (voters) from the republican party with these sorts of comments.

    March 1, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  9. A not-so-stupid former republican

    What else would you expect from a person like Limbaugh?

    March 1, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  10. Areukiddingme?

    Limbaugh is a slovenly pig and Boehner doesn't have the guts condemn his remarks.

    March 1, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  11. anagram_kid

    "She's having so much s*x she can't afford the contraception". What does that even mean? Sounds like he either does not understand what s*x is or what contraception is. Probably both...

    March 1, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  12. adsf

    Hey ladies of the GOP! Remember when your party cared about you? ...me neither.

    March 1, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  13. RNK

    Limbaugh obviously did not hear Ms Fluke's remarks, or if he did hear them he could not understand them because he has only a high school education. The filth coming from Limbaugh must stop. What will it take to stop him? Could he and his employer be sued for libel and slander for defaming Ms Fluke's character? Maybe we could offer to castrate him so he does not have a chance to reproduce? It is this sort of filth that needs to go away before political discourse will be civil again.

    March 1, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  14. slippery

    Rush has always been a little 'off' color.

    March 1, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  15. Former GOP

    Be interesting to see if against this and Olympia Snow's retirement the GOP can find a way to show that it is anything but the party of angry old white men.

    March 1, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  16. Thomas

    Why ,
    Rush Limbaugh is the poster boy mouth man for the far right .

    More people vote against what he stands for then vote for his Elitist Fascist misogynistic rhederic

    March 1, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
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