Paul calls Limbaugh comments 'crude'
March 3rd, 2012
01:41 PM ET
9 years ago

Paul calls Limbaugh comments 'crude'

(CNN) – Ron Paul became the latest presidential hopeful to weigh in on controversial and incendiary language used by radio commentator Rush Limbaugh to describe a college student, telling reporters Friday the remarks were in poor taste.

"It sounded a little crude the way it came across to me," Paul said. "I don't know why it has to be such a political football like this, so you have to ask him about his crudeness."

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The Texas representative - who spoke after an event in Seattle, Washington – was the latest in a series of both Republicans and Democrats uncomfortable with the comments made by the conservative radio show host, who on Wednesday said a college student who spoke out in favor of insurance coverage for contraception was a "prostitute" and a "slut."

After ignoring a question on the matter earlier in the day, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said Limbaugh's words were "not the language I would have used." Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that Limbaugh was being "absurd." A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said the comments were "inappropriate."

President Barack Obama phoned the student, Sandra Fluke, to express "his support for her and his disappointment in the kind of attacks that have been leveled at her and to her and his appreciation for her willingness to stand tall and express her opinion," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Friday.

Democratic members of Congress – including House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who organized the Capitol Hill event that raised the Georgetown Law student to prominence – released a statement on Wednesday calling the comments "vicious attacks," and on Thursday called on Boehner to "repudiate" Limbaugh.

Paul, who practiced obstetric medicine before and between his terms in Congress, told reporters in Seattle that contraception "would be a decision between doctor and patient." He likened the issue to a homeowner wanting repairs and painting to be covered by his insurance company.

"If you were going to buy house insurance and then somebody comes along and says, 'Oh, OK, what I want is the insurance company to paint my house … So I'm going to dictate to the insurance company that every two years when I need paint they're going to pay for painting my house in order to keep it from falling apart.

"No," Paul continued, "The government shouldn't be in there saying, 'You have to pay out [and] you have to pay for birth control pills."

Fluke told CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash on Friday that the Limbaugh comments "upset" and "outraged" her.

"I felt probably the way many women do when they are called those types of names," Fluke told CNN. "Initially hurt and then very quickly upset and outraged because somebody is trying to silence you."

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soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. donnie

    Uh Oh – Limbaugh is back on his "happy pills".In any event the guy is certifiable.

    March 3, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. yuri Pelham

    This is an integrity-cowardess test. Limbaugh's rhetoric was an outrage. He is classic bully. Of course this is known to everyone except his well named ditto-head followers. The fact that drives a patriotic American to despair is that Republicans are intimidated by him, groveling at his feet. It's not enough to denounce his commemtary; they have to denounce and renounce Limbaugh himself. He can and must be rendered irrelevant. He is toxic to our society.
    I know this will not go well with some of your readers, so I'll exit with the observation that in my opinion Romney is exposed as the most pathetic figure to ever run for office. Remember: Limbaugh the slanderer, Romney the panderer....

    March 3, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. keldorama

    Ron Paul's homeowner's insurance analogy is a little off the mark. Birth control is a preventative measure. Just like "well baby" care, mammograms, colonoscopy tests are covered to help prevent much more expensive treatments later on. But in terms of homeowner's coverage: I get discounts on my policy premiums if I have an alarm system, fire suppression system, no "dangerous' pets, etc. So taking preventative measures is actually in the insurance company's best interests.

    March 3, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Saffrondog

    "A little crude"? Ron, you are the libertarian obstetrician. right? Or so you claim. Wasn't it established back in the 70s that pregnancy is a statistical health risk for women, and if a woman doesn't want to incur that risk for any reason or no reason, that birth control should be available to her the same as any other medical option which alleviates a health risk – and that insurance should cover it the same as it covers medicines to avoid any other health risk. Is expecting insurance to cover blood pressure medication the same as wanting to have the insurance company paint your house? How is birth control different? A little crude? Sounds like praising with faint damnation..

    March 3, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Paul calls Limbaugh comments 'crude'◄
    Okay, so the response from all three were really subdued
    Romney on Limbaugh Attack: “It’s not the language I would have used.”
    Santorum says, "He's being absurd… an entertainer can be absurd" – but not RUDE!!

    So now we know where all three candidates – minus ginGRINCH – stand
    And this is what America wants to be the head of this free land
    What a bunch of NOTHINGS the RIGHT-side has to offer – How would we succeed?
    Wake up America and “please” figure out what this country really needs!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    March 3, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. nintex

    Do you think Sarah Palin will "weigh in" with her opinion on the issue? Can you see her being outraged at Limbaugh's hateful language? Do you think she'll call for him to apologize for his nastiness and idiocy? Maybe when hell freezes over.

    March 3, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Doug O

    Hey Obama she is not "standing tall" she is laying "spread eagle".

    March 3, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. nothing new here

    Thank you, Ron Paul.

    March 3, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. Marry

    Paul proves he too, just like all the others, does not defend a woman that gets insulted! Waits to see what the others do and then mildly come with a:”…you have to ask him about his crudeness.” Have to ask? That is all this guy does 24/7 and the one that screamed loudest … the President should fail! There are so many incidents where the GOP and the candidates had the chance to defend people that got insulted be the “far right”. None of these jerks ever came to defend against slander, misrepresentation, lies etc. etc. They dish it out like it was a Sunday sermon! You really think the country will prosper with these bottoms of the barrel people? It is not anymore a matter of policies but the lack of character when people vote GOP/TP!!!

    March 3, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. jnpa

    I cannot believe that anyone with any intelligence would listen to Limbaugh. I heard two sponsors pulled their ads from his show and I hope they all do. If not, those companies should be boycotted!

    March 3, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. tullymd

    I wonder which Limbaugh puppet will run against Obama. Step and fetchit # 1 of course is Romney.

    March 3, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. dym

    Ron Paul is always the voice of reason.

    March 3, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. nothing new here

    As a taxpayer, I would gladly pay for "preventative medicine".
    I think more people should be using birth control, not less.
    At least women should be charged a small $$ co-pay, but PLEASE get some of these career welfare recipients on the pill.

    March 3, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Arick

    Paul seems to be the only Republican candidate that isn't intentionally evil. He has some radical policies, but I do believe that he is really a good guy.

    March 3, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. oceanica

    This is just Limbaugh's ring side hype of the Republican presidential candidate Cage Match!
    Rush Limbaugh is to the Republican party what Michael Cole (Coulthard) is to the World Wrestling Federation. Both of them may have been actual journalists at some point in the distant past but both are nothing more than kayfabe entertainers now. The WWF shows have very little in common with the legitimate sport of wrestling and likewise Limbaugh's show has very little in common with legitimate republican politics. Here is the kicker. Unlike the WWF, huge masses of Republicans both inside and outside the political arena still actually believe Limbaugh’s farcical kayfabe is authentic when in fact he makes the Republican politicians look like morons and reveals his fans as utter fools. The reality is that Limbaugh is probably the most brilliant ultra-liberal in the media to date.

    March 3, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. Shannon

    It's nice to see the family values crowd really express how they feel about women. What a sad, disgusting party the Republicans are.

    March 3, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. PaulC

    I hope she sues his fat behind and takes him for everything he's got. Put me on the jury.

    March 3, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. mark99er

    The republican party, candidates and elected officials non response to this reprehensible act, speaks by itself!

    March 3, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. Fair Taxes

    "Crude"? I would hardly call that a vigorous condemnation.

    Let's face it, all of the GOP slime balls love what Rush LImbaugh says, they just can't agree with it in public.

    March 3, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    "Paul seems to be the only Republican candidate that isn't intentionally evil."

    And yet, by calling the comments crude, rather than correctly calling them defamation deserving an apology, Ron Paul cowardly chose to lump himself with the intentionally evil members of his party.

    March 3, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. RoseJ

    "He likened the issue to a homeowner wanting repairs and painting to be covered by his insurance company."
    Because we all know that being responsible about birth control or taking hormones for medical conditions are a cosmetic issue.

    March 3, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. jim

    Limbaugh is nothing but a loudmouthed junkie!

    March 3, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. rell87

    Just another nothing story blown out of proportion by the leftist media to distract public attention away from Obama's failures and idiotic policies.

    March 3, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. rell87

    Just another nothing story blown out of proportion by the leftist media to distract public attention away from Obama's failures and idi otic policies.

    March 3, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. chuckly

    amazing how the GOP doesn't want the welfare recipients to have anymore babies
    But they also don't think they should get free contraception that would save the taxpayers thousands in the long run
    But also don't want them to have abortions either.

    The GOP is a walking contradiciton!!

    March 3, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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