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. GrowUp

    Romney will say, or not say, anything for a vote. Of course he didn't respond. He has no convictions or principals. He is a plastic weathervane who blows with the wind. Presidential material? You must be joking.

    March 3, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  2. sheader

    We have reached a new low!

    March 3, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  3. steve

    No surprise from an obese, cigar smoking, bigot, racist, multiply divorced misogynist. Rush's capacity to hate and attack is biblical! So obvious that underneath all those layers is rotten self esteem. Ultimately a sad, fat and lonely man.

    March 3, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  4. BeverlyNC

    More Republican disrespect of women. No definitive statements. No truth. No principles. No leadership. An insane talk show host runs the Republican Party along with 2 oil baron brothers. Not one Republican candidate has any platform, any beliefs you can trust, and not a single plan for the real issues in America. Romney isn't going to take any postion of integrity as are none of the other Republican candidates. Women are going to come out and vote at levels higher than they usually do and Republicans are going to lose in landslides all over the country. Enough of these traitorous Republicans and their intentional destruction of the People.

    March 3, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  5. Brian

    Not the language he would have used?? Way to stand up for women, Mitt.

    March 3, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  6. Howard

    CHARACTER = When a man, like Mitt Romney, donates his inheritance to charity.

    CORRUPTION = When a man, like obama, uses the power of the state, to confiscate other people's hard earned money, squander it, and finance loser companies, in exchange for political contributions, in an effort to get himself reelected.

    March 3, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  7. WiredWierdinSF

    Not trying to defend the comments, but did you notice how upset the readers of CNN Political Ticker are about Rush? Compare that to their general agreement with and condoning of David Letterman doing the same thing to Sarah Palin's 14 year old daughter. Another very clear example of democrat liberal hypocrisy and media bias I believe.

    March 3, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  8. lone star dem

    Such courage, mittens! You fail yet again. Lol, sure, we want a prez afraid to stand up to a self important drug addict.

    March 3, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  9. Irskan

    Romney knows well enough that he better keep his mouth shut until his puppetteers... er... advisors tell what to think and say...

    March 3, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  10. BigRed

    Sad that a contender to the Presidency does not have the courage to take an unambiguously high ground in confronting ignorance and abusive bombasity. Very sad indeed.

    March 3, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  11. Lanai

    Is that the best you can come up with Mitt? No spine to stand up for your convictions...and now no spine to stand up to the Limbaugh kingmaker. Way to show leadership man.

    March 3, 2012 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  12. maddog

    romney the flopper sucking up to the limturd. You retardicans are a disgusting lot.

    March 3, 2012 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  13. Bill in Florida

    Incredible that Santorum handled the issue better than Romney, even though Santorum is likely more aligned with Limpballs than is Romney.

    Romney is really doing everything possible to lose this election.

    March 3, 2012 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  14. 240 Gordy

    Initially silent until he could find a way to sidestep the question without insulting Rushbo.

    What a wuss.

    March 3, 2012 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  15. manhandler1

    So Romney wants to lead the country, but can't even muster the language to condemn the slimy trash coming from Limbaugh's big mouth. "not the words I would have used?" ........REALLY?????????

    March 3, 2012 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  16. Melo-D

    Romney needs to be told where he stands on the issue before he can comment.

    March 3, 2012 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  17. Jnuey

    Typical liberal media and the new cnn. Lock in step with Obamas media matters agenda every day. Class warfare.

    Why should Romney defend or respond to an idiot. He is responsible for limbaugh. Btw , rush is laughing all the way to the bank with this story.

    March 3, 2012 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  18. David Mann

    Romney's a coward. He waits until other prominent republicans come out against Limpbow before he commits hinself to a comment. What a weasel.

    March 3, 2012 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  19. HoyaSaxa

    What a brave statement, Mitt! Are you waiting for the polls on the issue to come back before you condemn Rush?

    March 3, 2012 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  20. Thomas

    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

    Romney knows nothing of the working class people. He talks about the economy and jobs as the real issues. Maybe if Mitt had daughters and not sons he would act more responsibly in regards to such insults by Rush L toward woman.

    March 3, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  21. jimbrown1776

    The purpose of the government is not to impose the will of the 99, it is to protect the freedoms of the 100. Obama has used big government to impose his religious beliefs on everyone. While only some American's religions have been fundamentally violated, all Americans have been deprived of basic freedom. Barack Obama is not okay. I want my freedom back.

    March 3, 2012 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  22. commentary42

    I am underwhelmed.

    March 3, 2012 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  23. Marry

    Didn’t Romney just say something like he would never embarrass us if we vote him into the WH? And he does not know when to defend a woman that testifies in connection with another ridiculous onslaught against woman through “his” party of “NO”? He and MOST other GOP/TPers are embarrassing us and themselves every single day when they open their mouth or do not open it when it counts. The GOP and their followers have lost it already a long time ago and stand now with: No plan, no class, no sincerity, no dignity, no compassion. Except for money and power to enrich themselves and their friends (No, not you! Are you a corporation? See…). They truly make the stomach turn!

    March 3, 2012 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  24. Romney is HUGE wimp!

    “I'll just say this which is it’s not the language I would have used."

    Huh? Wow, just how hard does he lick Limbaugh boots? What a wimp.

    March 3, 2012 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  25. BrianBkyn

    Ah, Profiles in Courage. Poor Mitt, afraid to offend anyone no matter how crazy they are on the right.

    March 3, 2012 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
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