March 2nd, 2012
03:32 PM ET
2 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
soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. glorydays

    Oh look, a fight for the bottom of the pigpen!

    March 2, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. b716k2

    "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,"
    Really Mr. Santorium? Like the government you would love, with your valuses, telling women they don't have a right to chose, outlawing prenatal testing, believing that guns and war and capital punishment are okay? Please!

    March 2, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. rych

    Ya stan.. Iam very proud to be a conservative.. .. I'd say change the name in this article to one Bill Maher and lets see if all you hypocritical liberals use the same language when you "denounce' anything that vile human being says.. He says vile stuff everyday, and why aren't those kind of stories on CNN.. no, instead CNN interviews the guy, throws him softball questions and sets him up to rip up any conservative... So i dont see how this is any different.. accept that rush is a conservative and liberals are full of nothing but hate.. ALL OF YOU.. cuz if you dont denounce what maher says, than you have NO LEG TO STAND ON..Every person here who has commented is nothing but a hypocrite.. EVERYONE OF YOU..

    March 2, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Trish in CT

    To: Nothing New Here: I wish Limbaugh WERE irrelevant. Unfortunately, millions of people base their opinions on what he says each day.

    March 2, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. griff griff

    Ok Rush, tell us what you think about Newt's wife...

    March 2, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. Surfer George

    Translation:
    "What Rush said is OK because he was being absurd... I, of course, couldn't make those comments because I'm not an entertainer. Of course, I agree with him, and know he's allowed to just make stuff up because he's an entertainer."

    March 2, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. Howard

    The only reason Santorum and his fellow religious idiots don't want to offer something to people, is because they know tha the people want it.

    March 2, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. Ozzie

    "He's in a very different business than I am." Shouldn't your Republican values be the same, Ricky? By the way, why don't you and the U.S. Bishops tell us all why practicing contraceptives and birth control are a moral evil? Could be a teachable moment.

    March 2, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Pope Sidious

    That's it, I'm yanking this jerk's Catholic card. Time to find a new, less stupid apprentice.... *cackle*

    March 2, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. Lucian

    Rick should know, he's a Jedi Master of Absurdity.

    March 2, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    True Rick? You are in a different business that Rush? YOU are in the same business. YOU want Obama to be in the White House for four more years. You are deceptive, you are FAKE, just like Mr. Ron Paul has told you in your own face. Wake up Rick. If you love America, if you really want to do the right. Go back 4 years ago when you told the world that Romney was the MOST CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE! He hasn't change. You have. Leave the race Rick if you LOVE America!

    March 2, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. mehere

    he was being absurd (chuckle chuckle) just ol rushbo being rushbo (chuckle chuckle)

    March 2, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. Bruno Szewczyk

    Sounds like a honest comment to me, call a spade a spade. If you can't afford protection don't do it!!

    March 2, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. newzri

    Santorum calls Limbaugh an entertainer ??? Entertainer? He's the GOP's spokesman.

    March 2, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. Mary Billings

    A grave moral wrong? Really? i think denying women access to birth control is a grave moral wrong.

    March 2, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    I'm surprised at Ricky, I thought for sure he would double down on Rush's side because that's the kind of a fruit cake Rick is, he must have read the polls and found out he's on the wrong side of all of the women's issues. maybe there's hope for him yet....no, never mind, it won't happen.

    March 2, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Straight Shooter

    rych said – "Every person here who has commented is nothing but a hypocrite.. "

    I'm glad to see you know what you are for commenting.

    March 2, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. V in Chicago

    @rych – Liberals are full of hate? What planet have you been on. I guess you must be a memeber of Newt's Moon Colony. You, my (and I use this term loosley) friend are a moron if you think that the hate is coming from the Liberals. We are doing our best to tolerate people like you, but you make it harder and harder everytime you open you uneducated, immoral mouths!

    March 2, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. Wylie-Mike

    He just attacked one of his own. Hmm ... Distancing himself from the conservatives now. No, he's just going back to his old ways.

    March 2, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. V in Chicago

    Santorum – you're an idiot! And, you will NOT ever be POTUS.

    March 2, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    To rych: glad youa re proud to be a conservative. Why are you offended by Bill Maher? He's just an entertainer, but for some reason free speech does not apply when a liberal rips on a conservative. Just for the record, Maher considered himself to be to the right of Hollywood until about 10 years ago, when he questioned the reasons for going into Iraq: after that, he was persona non grata. Conservatives are at least as guilty, if not more so, of attempting to suppress free speech by liberals. Liberals hate hypocrisy, conservatives just hate. Maher reaches a limited audience by being on HBO, you figure out who has more impact on a daily basis if you can. I don't denounce a person who points out errors: Rush is nothing but a stream of errors disguised as facts and presented with an arrogant sneer.

    March 2, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Cleareye

    Santorum is not as dumb as Limbaugh it seems. Limbaugh is a second rate entertainer. His style is like that of Bill Maher except he isn't funny or as insightful as Maher. There is a reason Limbaugh is relegated to only radio. No one can stand looking sat him for long. And his audience is mainly truck drivers and old folks shut in to their homes. Why would anyone who has a job waste time listening to any daytime radio blather?

    March 2, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. Arnie

    Not sure who is dumber, Santorum, Limbaugh or people that feel obligated to pay for a Georgetown law student's contaception costs. If she or her lover can't afford condoms they can try abstinence instead of ripping off taxpayers for thier trysts.

    March 2, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. lgny

    "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."

    That's an absurdly lame denunciation. Indeed, it's a signal that he'd really rather support Limbaugh's statements if he could get away with it politically.

    March 2, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. nothing new here

    @rych,
    Everyone that has commented here is a "liberal"?
    And where would you be getting this false information from?
    I happen to be an INDEPENDENT/Libertarian-leaning voter and taxpayer, and I certainly don't need entertainers like Rush Limbaugh to tell me how to vote. Neither do I need Bill Maher--but this article is concerning RUSH, not the other guy.

    March 2, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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