March 2nd, 2012
06:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Initially silent, Romney addresses Limbaugh ‘slut’ remarks

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.”

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After an event in Bellevue, Washington, CNN asked Romney for a comment on Limbaugh who called Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke a "slut" after she testified before Congress on the importance of insurance coverage of contraception.

The former Massachusetts governor was within a few feet of CNN's camera when he was asked the question. But Romney walked by without comment.

Limbaugh ignited a political firestorm Wednesday when he suggested Fluke's support of contraception coverage was an attempt to force Americans to pay for her sexual activities.

"It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex," Limbaugh said.

Romney's main rival for the GOP nomination, Rick Santorum called Limbaugh's comments "absurd" in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

- CNN Political Producer Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rush Limbaugh
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  1. Bud

    Where is Obamas morality and ethics when the mayor of Los Ageles cheats on his wife,, Where is Obamas morality and ethics when a black person calls another the" N" word! Where is Obamas morality and ethics when unions make it hard to fire employees /teachers for molesting children or not doing there jobs right and paying them outrages salaries that we cant afford. where is Obamas morality and ethics when he lies to us about he cant do anything about gas prices when he can put an export tax on our gas and increase out put in the gulf build the pipeline and more refineries and create jobs .he doesnt think that the speculators wont speculate that the gas prices will come down?Biggest cheat president of all time!

    March 2, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  2. ezduzit757

    Limbaugh is nothing but a fat, hipocritical, drug addict. He's been married 4 times and thinks he has some right to judge someone else's morals???? The whole GOP is a bunch of losers for allowing this useless gasbag to be their voice. I would love to boycott his sponsors, but that means I would have to watch his show to see who is sponsors are. I hope someone posts a list and saves me that torture.

    March 2, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  3. Perfectly-Lubricated-Wind-Vane

    Anybody who has not seen Rmoney's true color must be terminally blind.

    March 2, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  4. VeryOldMan

    I am really disappointed with Romney. He does not have the courage of Santorum. I have been thinking of supporting Romney, but he is so bad in this case. Why he is so afraid of Limbaugh? How could he be president if he is so afraid of a commentator.

    March 2, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  5. Ramesh Shrestha

    Why would Willard say anything?

    March 2, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  6. dd

    she has every right to her opinion, as does rush, bill maher, cnn, fox,you ,me....so what?....next

    March 2, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  7. Dave

    He has plenty of motive to stay silent. So long as he doesn't take sides, he doesn't have to risk losing the Rush followers that would vote for him. Conservatives need to realize that Rush is a threat to them as well–his radical talk risks dividing the GOP.

    March 2, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. njmoderate

    Let's post the headline....

    Obama silent on major donor rant on religion

    or

    Obama silent as Huffington aide slams Catholics

    or

    Piers Morgan wiffs on chance to ask Huffington tough questions

    How about some of those headlines?

    March 2, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  9. Wakalaka

    Romney's gotta check a poll before answering how he feels about this

    March 2, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  10. Chuck

    Mitt Romney is no leader. He is a coward who panders to the point of view that gains him most mileage. He is a shell of a man who has no soul. He is the worst kind os politician that America defintely does not need to follow.

    March 2, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  11. Ducky

    Actually I'm pretty sure Romney just didn't hear the question. Maybe the CNN reporters should speak a little louder

    March 2, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  12. John Steel

    Mittens has no comment because he utterly lacks the sort of moral compass which would tell him that Limbaugh's comments are unacceptable. Any man with any level of respect for women should be outraged at Limbaugh's slanderous and outrageous comments. I hope Ms. Fluke has a brother or father who beats the Pillsbury Doughboy to death.

    March 2, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  13. pn

    Romney is not alone, but it is spineless.

    March 2, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  14. Mitt R-Money is dangerous

    I'd be surprised if Mitts handlers ever let him speak aloud again. The man honestly doesn't know if he's coming or going....

    March 2, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  15. Tony

    Only a big bull frog like Rush Limbaught could make such a remark. People like him have alot of hate because his motherwas deseatfull it that order.

    March 2, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  16. Bill

    All the hupla about what the fat man said is music to his ears. That is how he make his money. His listeners are opsessed with this guy and what ever he says is music to their ears. This has been going on for years, his like the Pope of the radical right and the republican party will never confront him. God bless America all the nuts among us.All I know if it was not for the pill, I would have had a whole bunch of kids and child suport payments.

    March 2, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  17. Eri

    I wish Rush Limbaugh would go the way of Andrew Breitbart. Seriously. In my opinion, it's way overdue.

    March 2, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. GI Joe.

    Bain Capital is part owner of his radio group. Maybe that's why he won't say anything to stand up for women.

    March 2, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. John in Cal

    Gee Romney, what words would you have used? you should have said that he was totally wrong to say that but you wimped out. No, you are not ready to be President. A solid NO vote from our family to yours Mitt. You lose.

    March 2, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  20. RGCC

    Romney is a weak leader. He says and does whatever he thinks will get him votes. How much courage does it take to say what Rush said was inappropriate and vulgar. Romney would be a terrible president he is just weak kneed.

    March 2, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  21. GI Joe.

    A lot of Romney's "income" is from Bain Capital (part-owner of the radio group that lets Limbaugh say all the outrageous things he says).

    March 2, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  22. Morpunkt

    Romney's a class act.

    March 2, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  23. petena

    Romney: Ever heard of "no guts, no glory"? Well you have no guts. No convictions and therefore, you will NOT be POTUS. WHIMP.

    March 2, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  24. Laverne

    Such a coward statement from an loser candidate! He did not disnouce the actions, he was obviously to afraid to go against the "grain" and stand up for what he know is right. I guess because Romney has all sons, he is not partiicularly "concerned about women" either! Talk about the baseless "appeasement" attacks against Obama, is an understatement for how they sit in silence everytime one of their own is wrong. I can tell you one thing, two wrongs don't make a right because their silence is telling!

    March 2, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  25. Jesucrisco

    Romney stopped short of condemning Limbough's insane, perverted remarks because he needs the insane pervert vote to win the GOP nomination.

    March 2, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
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