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. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The republicans are rapidly and deservedly becoming the "back to whackin' it" crowd.

    March 2, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Church

    Rush is just like all the other Repugnants.
    Hate is their game and lifestyle.
    If you disagree with a liberal, he will ask why.
    If you disagree with a Repugnant, he will threaten to kill you.

    March 2, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. longshot

    They're both in the bigotry business, and they've both made millions over the past decade. No different.

    March 2, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Church

    Hey, Rush, I wish your mother had used birth control.

    March 2, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. MartinT

    Well, this may be the first thing that has come out of Ricky's mouth that makes ANY sense. I'm happy to see him at least taking a stand against him.

    March 2, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. cf

    Shut up, Santorum. This is the result of the seed that you planted. Betcha he backtracks his statement and apologizes to Rush by Monday.

    March 2, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. dave

    Public defamatory name calling to someone called to testify in front of congress with a different opinion than theirs is what she deserved, thinks Santorum.

    March 2, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Sandy

    Best for Santorum to keep quiet on this...He has shown that he does not handle these issues well....
    This is a fight for the big dogs....Ricky is just not there yet.

    March 2, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Proud Conservative

    I agree with Rick Santorum 100%. I don't have a single problem with him. Of all the candidates, I share the most views and beliefs with him when it comes to the controversial issues. He's not afraid to say what's on his mind, regardless of what people think of him.

    March 2, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. zzzzzz

    all are running for cover from the "mouth piece" of GOP.
    Maybe GOP will get back to be the intellectual conservatives and not the party of comedian Miller or Rush.
    And start discussing the real issues, instead of slogans and name calling: Sarah.
    I used to be a Republican, not any more.
    They are bringing in EU democracy to the USA, where all party reps align with "the leadership", in this case comedians and entertainers, and not vote what is right for the people they represent in their state.
    You need to give Santorum credit for that, even though I do not like his extreme views on telling us how to live our lives.

    March 2, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Peace

    When I first heard Glen Beck talking, I thought there is no any creature on earth can talk such way. Watching yesterday Rush Limbaugh spitting his bile, immediately I realised I was quite wrong. The man can not be compared to anything.

    March 2, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. joe

    Limbaugh said what Santorum is thinking. If Limbaugh had of gotten away with his vulgar boorish remarks Santorum would be making them on the campaign trail today.

    March 2, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. MTATL67

    OH PLEASE, Santorum way of thinking is right along the same lines as Limbaugh.

    March 2, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. Really?

    Sandy, at least this man has the B*LLS to say something. Mr. Romney hasn't piped in to give his two cents at all. Why? Because he doesn't have an opinion, and will base his words upon what others have already said.

    March 2, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. nothing new here

    Why can't these guys take a lesson from Ann Romney?
    The lady is smart enough to turn the conversation to where it belongs...to the ECONOMY!
    I almost wish that Ann Romney was running, instead of her husband and Santorum.

    March 2, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. Marie

    Given Santorum's own cro-magnon ideology when it comes to women I won't be patting him on the back for appearing to "stand up" to the head-bully-in-charge of the GOP/TB movement. When ANY of these men spend most of their lives with a monthly reproductive cycle or the physical demands of carrying and birthing a child then they can speak on what is best for a woman's body.

    March 2, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. REG in AZ

    The right or wrong of abortion is not really the issue here; that really is something individuals need to contemplate for themselves. What is the issue, that definitely represents something very wrong, that should never be tolerated, is allowing the sliding of religion into government. Religion should not dictate to government, to then have government dictate religion to the people – that is what you see in Iran and it is totally wrong and oppressive. You also see it in Saudi Arabia, other mideast countries and historically in England and throughout europe, which is what America correctly escaped. And it should be understood that one religion, be it Christianity or any other, won’t ever make it right. Not being religious or being religious, including the option of which religion, should always be strictly protected as an American’s individual choice. There are those now trying to have religious dictates be adopted and mandated by government and they really have to be firmly rejected by the people to assure America doesn’t have its basic freedoms deceptively undermined. As can be seen, the consequences are drastic.

    March 2, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. scmom

    All this crap started with the contraception and this holier than thou hypocrite will not defend this young lady. He would if she was his daughter.

    March 2, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Pete/Ark

    did he ever say that Limbaugh was wrong?or that HE disagreed?his statement SOUNDS like tacit approval by the Grand Ayatolah Santorumsharia...after all,he was only talking about a woman...

    March 2, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Dan in Chitown

    So according to Santorum, when I morally object to George Bush starting two wars I should not have to pay my portion of taxes that go towards that funding....... Who is going to give me my money back for that disaster.......

    March 2, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. PJ/TX

    Ricky is "more concerned about government's involvement in people's personal lives" – --–
    So am I, which is why you should never be President. Your "absurd" comment is just as weak as Boehner's
    "Inappropriate" comment. Not only are you the laughing stock of every fair minded American, I bet Limbaugh
    is laughing at you. If he said "BOO", you would jump ten feet in the air. "Entertainer" is not a word I would
    associate with Limbaugh.
    You are imposing your "values" on people every time you open your mouth, and you have said you would
    incorporate your beliefs in your decisions as President. No thank you.
    Prayer for guidance is one thing, making it up as you go along in the name of Christianity is blasphemy.
    For those who seem to care so much, Bill Maher was fired from "Politically Incorrect". At least he received some
    punishment,

    March 2, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. Texas Bubba

    It's against my religion to allow Republicans to breathe air.

    What – you say that freedom to practice religion is not absolute?

    March 2, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. Texas Bubba

    So is it okay for a radical Muslim to take a plane and crash it into a building filled with thousands of innocent people? We would hate to infringe on someone's freedom of religion, you know.

    March 2, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. Jeetu

    Santorum has nothing to say about alomost anything. He just says things to be noticed. When does requing insurance companies to treat all people equally an indulgence in their privacy or control by the government? Why should one specific religion be treated differently? Asking insurance company to cover contraceptics is not asking the women to use these and even believe in birth control? Does not covering such devices by health insurance eliminate their use among catholic women when 98% report that they practice birth control using contraceptics? I think the catholic church and Santorum may end up breaking of America as opening this one issue may open up a host of others where there will be no uniform policy left in place. Other religions would want their own exceptions and so where so we stop? Do we allow muslims and Mormans to have multiple wives? Should we allow others to burn wives alive when their husbands die? On and ON .....

    So, Mr. Santorum needs to keep his values with him and not impose on Americans values as his values do not reflect American values. He cannot be the President of USA and hence republican nomination of his will be a waste.

    March 2, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. rdx accord

    First amendment or not – someone should shove the mike down Rush's throat or sor up somewhere else!

    March 2, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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