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Gingrich uses Limbaugh controversy to attack Obama

3:06 pm - 03/03/2012
Newt Gingrich on Saturday used the flap over Rush Limbaugh's controversial denunciations of birth-control advocate Sandra Fluke as a way to attack President Obama for acting "opportunistically" when he called the Georgetown University law student to express his disappointment over Limbaugh's comments.


HAMILTON, Ohio - Newt Gingrich on Saturday used the flap over Rush Limbaugh's controversial denunciations of birth-control advocate Sandra Fluke as a way to attack President Obama for acting "opportunistically" when he called the Georgetown University law student to express his disappointment over Limbaugh's comments.

After Limbaugh described Fluke as "slut" and "prostitute" for advocating for subsidizing birth control, Obama contacted Fluke personally. Numerous conservatives and other GOP presidential candidates have rebuked Limbaugh to varying degrees, but the former House speaker said he saw the issue much differently.

"I think the president will opportunistically do anything he can," Gingrich said in response to a reporter's question after a rally Saturday morning in Hamilton. "I think the most important use of language in the last week has been the president's apology to religious fanatics, and I want to stay focused on what the president has said, and I think what he said was inexcusable and is exactly the wrong policy at a time of life and death, and playing political games is irrelevant as far as I'm concerned."

Gingrich said the debate over requiring certain institutions to provide insurance coverage to cover contraception -- something that prompted Fluke's complaint involving Georgetown, a Jesuit-run institution -- should be over governmental interference in religion.

"It's not about contraception. It's about religious liberty," he said. "It's about the attack on the Catholic Church, and the attack on every right-to-life institution and whether or not the government has the power to dictate to religious organizations."

Gingrich, who is devoting most of his time and resources to winning the Georgia primary, made his final and lone trip to Ohio this week, three days before Super Tuesday. Gingrich also is scheduled to participate in a forum hosted by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, make remarks at a National Rifle Association meeting in Findlay and speak at the Ohio 5th Congressional District Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner at Bowling Green State University.


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hera_bearrra 4th-Mar-2012 01:59 am (UTC)
I'm definitely aware of the last two. Where I live, two shock jocks come on after Limbaugh that are so much worse (always spouting anti-Latino rhetoric). But they're only local.
chantalzola 4th-Mar-2012 02:00 am (UTC)
Oh man =( Where do you live? My husband's family is from Florida and I've noticed that there seem to be a lot of awful shock jock crap on the radio there, in the Tampa area at least. As a little kid I liked talk radio because I found it soothing. I don't remember it being like this =(
hera_bearrra 4th-Mar-2012 02:08 am (UTC)
California. And it's all from the same station (which happens to be affiliated with Fox).
chantalzola 4th-Mar-2012 02:10 am (UTC)
Them being affiliated with Fox doesn't surprise me at all =( Is there any good talk radio anymore? I don't really count NPR as it seems to have changed. There doesn't seem to be much talking on NPR these days? It's hard to tell because now NPR is also like, a kajillion different stations.
hera_bearrra 4th-Mar-2012 08:39 am (UTC)
I like NPR but it's really tame and, you're right, there isn't a lot of talking on it. All the talk radio that is out there right now is just meant to inflammatory =\
chantalzola 4th-Mar-2012 08:43 am (UTC)
I vaguely remember NPR being mostly talk radio? Or did I imagine that? I visited a friend in California and she was listening to NPR and I was quite shocked at how it was wasn't really talk radio. I don't count that little game show they have as talk radio.

I wonder if Howard Stern is the only liberal radio personality left?
hera_bearrra 4th-Mar-2012 09:42 am (UTC)
Hmmm I don't know if I'd count Howard Stern as a liberal per say... he's not very politicized, compared to conservative hosts. And his show isn't accessible to everyone since it's on Sirius.
chantalzola 4th-Mar-2012 10:03 am (UTC)
That's true. I do know he's pro-choice though. maybe he's more of a libertarian really. I can't think of any other radio hosts (around today) who are even a little a liberal. That's so depressing.
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