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. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    if you think in ANY way that this is going to happen, either Rush saying he's sorry or some big time Republican calling him out on it I have some swampland down here in Texas I'm trying to get rid of. Step right up!!

    March 1, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  2. gt

    thats fair...now have the bill maher.. do the same ..this left wing nut case has said just as many stupid things as rush limbaugh

    March 1, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. Jake

    isn't it just best to ignore this slime ball!?

    March 1, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. macrasta

    there really is no limit to the disrespect, is there??

    March 1, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. tony

    My God Given religious beliefs include the necessary purification of the wickedness of the soul by bodily slaughter of all who voted republican for GW Bushes second term

    March 1, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. carly

    Welcome to today's GOP. In the last 2 days Limbaugh has stated the right wing's position on American women. Any woman who votes for a Republican this year should have her head examined.

    March 1, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. DDanny1

    Rush just wants to get voters to the polls and this will surely work. Of course the vast majority of the voters he flipped in the last couple of days will be Republican women who will be voting not against Romney or Santorum, but against Limbaugh. In all seriousness, I would not be the least bit surprised if he didn't put more than 1 MILLION votes in the Democrats column in November.
    Now we get to see the Republicans denounce Limbaugh (they couldn't possibly be stupid enough to do otherwise), who will run off at the mouth again. And then when Limbaughs sponsors takes him to the woodshed we will see Limbaugh making a humiliating apology to everyone.
    Thank you Rush. You're the gift that keeps on giving.

    March 1, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  8. indyreader

    There is apparently not a single thing Limbaugh would not say if he thought it could get him more money.

    March 1, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  9. marty

    Two days should be plenty of time for Boehner,Cantor,and McConnell to form a committee which can pool their thoughts
    and compose a generic statement giving the Republicans an opportunity to weasel out of an embarrassing and disgusting radio comment by their leader, Rush Limbaugh. And........where are all the Christian and Catholic church leaders.....surely they would have a comment or two about Limbaugh.

    March 1, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    Any so-called man that uses derogatory language about women has a real serious problem with women and all women should call for an apology from Limbaugh even his wife. Americans didn't like the music industry using these deragotory words about women and we sure won't accept it from Rush or anyone else. Limbaugh's problem with women is more than Limbaugh is willing to admit.

    March 1, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  11. Voice of Reason

    Rush's continual efforts to crawl back into the limelight are pathetic. He wakes up in the morning, and asks himself, "What are the words that can come out of my mouth that will p*ss off the most people?" Then he gets to foist those disgusting thoughts on the ignorant and bigoted among his listeners, effectively translating his contagious idiocy into cash.

    Ruch is a loudmouthed gasbag that doesnt deserve the media coverage that he gets, let alone a forum to speak to anyone with self-respect.

    March 1, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  12. Ed Fl

    Boehner probably is a Limbaugh customer for his viagra smuggling operation that he got caught at.Boehner can't stop crying long enough to get anyone [especially right wing nuts] to agree on anything . The Christmas present for America will come in Novembers elections, when Boehner and his sissy mate Cantor find them selves in the laid off line. This is the lowest level of any house of representatives in my 82 yrs. Boehner wanted to be known for his time as speaker [and he will be] the worst ever. No question about that accomplishment!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 1, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  13. Ray E. (Georgia)

    House Democrats listen to Rush Limbaugh? No, I don't believe it1 Say it isn't so!

    March 1, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  14. ann rhoades

    How can I find out who rush limbough has for sponsors?

    March 1, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  15. joni

    I hope Sandra gets a really, really great lawyer and sues this piece of garbage for slander and libel. It's one thing to have a strong opinion of an issue, but he has really crossed the line.

    March 1, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  16. beancube

    People, most people ignore him for a long time already.

    March 1, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  17. sonnie2

    No I see they are on line/ ok good/ She should not call what she is doing as hard working

    March 1, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  18. stayintrue

    OK so Rush went overboard. So did the "young woman" from Georgetown Law School. For God's sake, we've been pushing condoms for years to prevent AIDS, PREGNANCY AND STD'S. Now there is a huge call to pay for women to use birth control pills???? Lordy – will women ever grow up and take care of their bodies. What the H*LL is wrong with a condom?

    March 1, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  19. Scott

    The Republicans are showing their true colors and they somehow think they speak for the Nation, What is next on there plan for America, Take the right to vote away from Women. The end of the Republican party is soon to be!

    March 1, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  20. brian in denver

    OINK ! Limbaugh once again proves that he's an absolute pig & a perfect spokeperson for today's Rethuglican Party. This freakshow continues to amaze even the most casual of observers.

    March 1, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  21. Nothiga

    Rmoney, please get out of MY womb!

    March 1, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  22. Plum

    It's not Boehner's job to repudiate things that talk show hosts say. If these House Democrats want to argue with Limbaugh, call his show and have it out with him. He'd probably welcome them on the air, it would be great ratings. Meanwhile, Pelosi and the Democrats should stop pretending they speak for all women every time they comment on anything. Not all women are liberals who think the government should pay for birth control.

    March 1, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  23. Sandra Purdy

    Well, Mr. "Rush" forgive the pun, perhaps insurance should prevent you from reproducing by stopping all reimbursements of your erectile dysfunction pill as well. That should be very effective birth control for you.

    March 1, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. Angelo

    If women allow this type of abuse from Limbaugh and Boenher, they lose. These guys are obviously fanatics in their own sense. And we thought the Taliban were bad.

    March 1, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  25. Henry Miller

    Was she "advocating that women have access to contraceptives?" Or was she advocating that women should be given access to contraceptives at someone elses's expense?

    Either way, though, Limbaugh is a pig.

    March 1, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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