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McCain: Limbaugh remarks 'totally unacceptable'

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain became the latest Republican Monday to chastise talk radio host Rush Limbaugh for using incendiary language to describe a law student who advocated health insurance coverage of contraception at a Democratic hearing on Capitol Hill.

Speaking on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," the Arizona lawmaker and 2008 GOP presidential nominee said Limbaugh was an "entertainer," but that the remarks were "totally unacceptable, totally and completely unacceptable, and there's no place for it."

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Limbaugh made the original comments Wednesday, in which he also suggested the student, Sandra Fluke, wanted taxpayers to pay for her to have sex.

Other Republicans have also weighed in to condemn the remarks. Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator running for the GOP presidential nomination, called the remarks "absurd" in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer Friday.

Fellow candidate Mitt Romney wasn't as critical, saying only "it's not the language I would have used."

Also on Friday, House Speaker John Boehner said through a spokesperson that Limbaugh's statement was "inappropriate."

In his interview Monday, McCain also weighed in on "Game Change," the movie set to air on HBO that's based on his 2008 presidential campaign.

"It's based on a book that was innuendo, unsubstantiated remarks," McCain said. "It was a great piece for the re-election of President Obama by authors who were obviously committed to it. And of course I wouldn't watch such a thing. I have better use for my time."

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