March 2nd, 2012
03:32 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum calls Limbaugh comments 'absurd'

(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."

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The former Pennsylvania senator said he is instead concerned about the government's involvement in people's personal lives.

"I'm concerned about the public policy of this president imposing his values on people, people of faith who morally object to the government telling them they have to do something, which they believe is a grave moral wrong," Santorum, a Catholic, said in an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room."

The political message war heated up after the Obama administration released a policy requiring health insurers to provide contraception coverage, even for those plans offered by religious-affiliated organizations that oppose birth control on moral grounds. The Senate defeated a GOP measure Thursday that would overturn the administration's rule.

Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke testified last week before the House on behalf of reproductive rights and became the target of critical comments from Limbaugh. He called her a "slut" and "prostitute" and said if the government is forced to pay for contraceptives, than he would like women to post videos of their activities so everyone can watch.

Limbaugh was criticized by members of both parties in Congress. House Speaker John Boehner said the comments were "inappropriate" after House Democrats sent a letter to the top Republican urging him to condemn the statements. The letter had 80 signatures as of Friday afternoon.

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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum • Rush Limbaugh
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  1. Just Saying

    Not really, Ricky. You are both in the same business – benefitting personally by inciting hatred and promoting ignorance and intolerance.

    Just Saying

    March 2, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. nothing new here

    Limbaugh is an irrelevent entertainer. His 15 minutes should have been over a long time ago.

    As far as "moral objections" are concerned, I am totally against members of Congress and their families getting free healthcare (and birth control) at MY expense. How about addressing that, Mr. Santorum?

    March 2, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. Jeepers

    It's absurd to Santorum because he likes to watch a lot weirder stuff than what Rush suggested.

    March 2, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Veritas 2011

    Absurd is as absurd does? The absurd leading the absurd? The absurd calling the absurd absurd? Santorum did not denounce the comments...he dismissed them, just as he also dismisses the rights of women. Peas in a pod!

    March 2, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. LawrenceAZ

    This smells like some sly weaselly republican plan..... Limbaugh's outrageous rants takes the "Americas number one lunatic" prize away from Sanitarium and makes Rick's string of idiotic remarks appear tame by compaison.

    March 2, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    Thanks Rick, where is Mitt , Newt and Ron comments why they are silence

    March 2, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. Dr Knowitall

    At least Santorum gets it. Limbaugh is an entertainer with an opinion, as is Bill Maher. No one is clamoring to have Bill Maher apologize for comments that are ten times worse.

    March 2, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. GEETO

    I'd like to thank Rush Limbaugh for finishing the job that Rick Santorum started. Now we can all rest assured that no woman in her right mind will vote Republican.

    March 2, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. QS

    "The former Pennsylvania senator said he is instead concerned about the government's involvement in people's personal lives."

    Has it just become the norm to not only accept, but to completely gloss over and ignore when a politician is being obviously and blatantly hypocritical?

    Government involvement in peoples' personal lives is what he's concerned about....yeah, like trying to increase that involvement by supporting ridiculous things like the Blunt amendment, preventing gay marriage at whatever cost and just in general being a complete conservative sleaze.

    March 2, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Thinks2010

    My question for Rick Santorum: My religion teaches "Thou shalt not kill" and I take that seriously. Will Mr. Santorum support a provision in any future "conscience" bill that exempts people who are morally and religiously opposed to killing from having to pay taxes to support the Department of Defense, wars in which the U.S. and our allies are involved or supporting, subsidized arms sales, public executions, etc.?

    March 2, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. michaelam

    From one misogynistic clown to another.
    Ayatollah Santorum: Why don't YOU do the not-so-absurd thing and call Ms.Fluke and lend her YOUR support. Oh, wait-that would take class and support for ALL women! Never mind.....

    March 2, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Well, santorum sure knows a thing or two about "absurd."

    March 2, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Gone Too Far

    I have just sent emails to about a dozen corporate sponsors of the Rush Limbaugh program notifying them that I will not buy any of their products or use any of their services for the foreseeable future :-)

    March 2, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. Ben Yaweh

    Ricky is covering for Rush by saying that he's in a different busingss so it's okay. Ricky does not want to offend another right wing Republican, especially one with a loud mouth.

    March 2, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. LawrenceAZ

    Wow. Something even more idiotic and extreme than Sanitorium-speak that he can get on the "center" side of.

    March 2, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. Jack K

    "I'm concerned about the public policy of this president imposing his values on people . . ."

    And yet Santorum wants to impose HIS skewed, 18th century values on people!

    You can't have it both ways, Ricky . . .

    March 2, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. walleye46

    I truly believe that Limbaugh is a VERY DANGEROUS individual very much like that fellow with the funny mustache in Germany back in the 1930's. We all know what happened then. This sick individual has a following of "sheep" who only see and hear what he tells them. Radio stations have fired DJ's over such inflammatory remarks. If SIRIUS radio has any morals, they will DO THE RIGHT THING and immediately get rid of this spewer of bigotry and partisan hatred.

    March 2, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Have we heard from the Gaffer yet?

    March 2, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. John

    The girl needs BC for what, lessen cramps for her period or to avoid getting pregnant? How do you get preggo, by banging guys, therefore she's a pig. Every girl I ever hooked up with either told me to wear a condom when they werent on BC or did it without one when they were on BC. Otherwise why use BC?

    March 2, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. MeMelvin

    Rush is a nasty man. A frightened, little man with a very big mouth. His ratio of brain to mouth is about 1:1,000,000,000.
    He needs to stay of those drugs.

    Oh yeah, y'all forgot about that little problem of his, didn't ya?

    March 2, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. Max Cred

    Does the line to Sandra Fluke start from the Men's Room? I mean, she's broke, can't afford $4 or $5 birth control.

    March 2, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. RJ1008

    Just absurd? I am sure all these Republicans will be making private calls later to apologize to that white supremacist p!g.

    March 2, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. maf

    Misogyny is alive and well in the Republican Party. Shame the old boys club can't shift with the times.

    March 2, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. Winton

    Catholic mouthpieces say the church is against contraception and yet 80% of their members practice contraception. Their flock is not following the policy of their leaders and yet the church won't acknowledge this. Sounds pretty hypocritical to me.

    March 2, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. Stan

    Must feel real proud to call yourself a Republican these days.

    March 2, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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