March 2nd, 2012
06:07 PM ET
11 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
soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Of course the clown candidates are not going to say anything wrong about tub of lard. You kidding? Unless he goes down as he should they still need him to put down the President so that they come out on top until November when they will sink as if they had fatboy sitting on them.

    March 2, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  2. Jim

    After his reply; my god what a soul-less two faced suit.

    March 2, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  3. nolimits3333

    American women will remember in November who stood for them.

    The Democratic Party.

    March 2, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  4. Beverly - NYC

    Women's issues aren't significant? It's a wonder you can stand upright, you Mitt are a spineless jelly fish. Let see what happens when he makes fun of Ann's MS.

    In addition to boycotting all advertisers of Rush Limbaugh's show, I've told my husband not to expect so much as a warm smile until Rush is off the air. I've had it with men who've never had a menstrual cycle, or given birth telling me what's best.

    March 2, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. finergilr

    I am a Republican woman and I stand with Fluke against this disgusting man Rash Limbutt! Any person with a grain of dignity, or anyone with a wife, daughter , sister, mother of friend sholud be disgusted! I have joined the boycott to shut this numbnut! The Viagra and the Vicodin have messed up his brain! I am NO LONGER a Republican, and I hope the Democrats win the House, Senate and the White House!!!! OBAMA 2012!!!!!

    March 2, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. Dave R

    That's Romney. He has to pander to the far right wing knuckleheads to have any chance.

    March 2, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  7. otermbachmann

    Mittens wants to be the most powerful person on earth, and he's afraid of lush rimbaugh. What a punk. Lush wants Obama to win anyway, his money tree.

    March 2, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. JIMM

    Rick Santorum at least had the guts to comment on Limbaugh's remarks. Romney is showing just how much of a wimp he is.

    March 2, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  9. Nothiga

    The only issue that is significant in the country today is for Mitt Rmoney to become president by all means.

    March 2, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  10. VbdVbd

    Not to worry folks, he will easily take both sides of the issue. Depending of course on who is he talking to at the to e.

    March 2, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  11. Paulo

    When republicans condemn and disown Limbaugh, I will think they have grown a spine. But there cowardice is not pretty.

    March 2, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |

    Romney is so afraid of Rush he trembles when he thinks of him. I well remember when Stuart Symington stood up to Joe McCarthy – Romney is no Symington.

    March 2, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  13. Blessed Geek

    A colleague today sad that if Rush Limbaugh did not exist, that would spare a loot of people a lot of grief. I silently disagreed, because the same could be said of Howard Stern.

    Actually, Rush Limbaugh had wanted to do what Howard was doing but to his dismay he discovered that Howard was already doing that, and therefore as anyone else, wanting to make something of his life successfully, he found the other extreme empty and void of a Howerd Stern character and quickly took opportunity to fill it.

    Rush could have been in Howard's place if Howard did not exist. So Rush, in the principle of this-is-my-story-and-I'm-sticking-to-it has been a very successful right wing Howard Stern. This country needs a balance of two selutish characters, one at each extremity.

    March 2, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  14. Marci Webb

    "not the language I would have used"? what language would you have used? Your very silence on this speaks volumes. Why are people so afraid to get in this man's face and let him know that he is wrong and needs to apologize for his actions. You needed a swift commendation of this language and discourse. The language was an insult to pretty much 98% of the women in this country who use birth control. Remember, these women vote.

    March 2, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  15. clarke

    This young women had a medical condition. Rush you are a disgusting slug. You will do and say anything for the almighty dollar.

    March 2, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  16. Newmoon2

    Small wonder Mitt is silent. He doesn't want another gaffe! He's probably agree with Limbaugh, then have to back off when 99% of all women yank him up by the short hairs!

    March 2, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  17. Mike

    Romney isn't a stupid man. He knows what happens to people who disagree with Rush. Until his focus group manager has crafted a carefully worded response and had it approved by Limbaugh, he won't say anything. Romney can't afford to offend Limbaugh before Super Tuesday.

    March 2, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  18. RINO Bil

    Mitt just exhibited his total lack of backbone and leadership.

    What a wuss.

    March 2, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. Log Cabin

    And the Republican war on American women continues...

    March 2, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  20. Republican who supports President Obama

    He is afraid to call Limbaugh out. This should not be protected by a person who wants to be president. Good thing he never had my vote or appeals to me.

    March 2, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  21. buddhabill

    He had to check with his consultants on how to respond. And this man wants to be President?!?

    March 2, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  22. NKBL

    Keep digging Republicans, little by little, you are digging your graves.

    March 2, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  23. Luke Brown

    Okay, I'll bite ... Mittens, what language would you have used?

    March 2, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  24. Gerry Daley

    Ah, yes...Romney, the gutless wonder who will say anything to anyone if he thinks it will grab him a vote. Between Ayotollah Sanctorum and Say Anything Willard, could the GOp field possibly get worse?

    March 2, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  25. stars

    Ann Rommey your Husband is a croward. You need a real man for those sons because they look like wimps.

    March 2, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
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