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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.

roguebelle 4th-Mar-2012 01:45 am (UTC)
Seriously, I don't know why I haven't heard anything about a revolution taking place in America yet

Along these lines: 31 women's rights protesters arrested in Richmond today.

chantalzola 4th-Mar-2012 01:54 am (UTC)
Oh wow! Thank you for sharing that!!!!!!
roguebelle 4th-Mar-2012 02:05 am (UTC)
It doesn't seem to be making anything but local news. Yet. I really hope it gets picked up more widely. And yes, they were technically trespassing once the one-hour permit expired, but... still. Seriously? This is really how dangerous our government considers it when women stand up for themselves? And no one thought this might lead to bad press if the news does spread?
chantalzola 4th-Mar-2012 02:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, I had no idea whatsoever that that had happened. I didn't know there were protests and stuff going on at all!

I don't understand why this isn't in the press! It's got to be on purpose, right? I mean how could this NOT be in the press???
roguebelle 4th-Mar-2012 02:14 am (UTC)
It's actually been kind of wild around here lately -- there've been a few protests a week since all the personhood amendment, mandatory ultrasound crap has been going through the General Assembly. On Monday, there was a candlelight vigil -- also attended by riot police in full SWAT gear.
chantalzola 4th-Mar-2012 02:18 am (UTC)
Wow, that's really intense! I can't believe this isn't in the news????? At least not the national press? Why isn't the New York Times writing about this? Or did they and I missed it?
roguebelle 4th-Mar-2012 02:26 am (UTC)
Not that I know of. We've made the Washington Post at least once, and Rachel Maddow's been on it. We managed to cow the virulently aggressive GOP into backing down on personhood, on a budget amendment that would've prevented patients at Planned Parenthood from using Medicare to pay for services, and on a repeal of the HPV vaccine mandate, but they're sticking to their guns on the mandatory ultrasound bill. It's off to the governor for signature or veto now, which is why we're keeping the pressure on hot.

I just wish I could be at more -- I live about 90 minutes from Richmond, so I can't get down for as much as I'd like. I went to the Day of Action at the GA last week, though -- it was great. That was the day they struck down the personhood amendment. :D I probably would've gotten my ass arrested today, TBH.
chantalzola 4th-Mar-2012 02:30 am (UTC)
Incredible. I wish something like that was going on around here. What do you think the governor will do?

Even if you can't go to more, you're a better person than I for even going to some!
roguebelle 4th-Mar-2012 02:34 am (UTC)
He's probably still going to sign it. He's under a lot of pressure from the GOP here, too. Plus, he's probably willing to trade the bad press locally for the conservative credit it will buy him -- he's a top name for the VP nod if Romney gets the nomination. We can hope, though, that he'll recognise that this issue is rapidly becoming a toxic one and decide to veto.
chantalzola 4th-Mar-2012 02:37 am (UTC)
I didn't know he had a chance of becoming a VP contender. Interesting. How has he been as a governor?

I can't believe that ultrasound stuff. Just thinking about it makes me rage and feel physically ill. The fact that some conservatives are using this and birth control as a platform for religious freedom, is disgusting.
roguebelle 4th-Mar-2012 02:52 am (UTC)
Atrocious on social issues. Signed an executive order repeal of an anti-discrimination law which protected against discrimination on basis of sexual preference. Also signed and strongly supports the hideous measures on abortion providers in the state -- new regulations require them to adhere to same architectural standards as emergency rooms, with regard to things like width of hallways, size of rooms, electrical outlets, other things which will be tremendously expensive to fix (absurd, since literally no other outpatient surgical providers -- dentist, cosmetic, etc -- being held to the same).

Not much better on financial issues. He's taken a lot of state money away from education to put towards transportation instead, he wants to put a toll on I-95 going into the state from North Carolina. Supports drilling for oil off the VA coast (and made a big push for this, like, right after BP spill). Just repealed restriction on buying more than one handgun in under 24 hours.

Class act all around, really. :/
chantalzola 4th-Mar-2012 02:55 am (UTC)
Wow. I had no idea he was so horrible =( =( =( He sounds god awful. Like... just wow.
roguebelle 4th-Mar-2012 03:00 am (UTC)
And, alarmingly, he's not even the worst we've got. The two men competing for the GOP nomination for our Senate seat that's opening up are both downright loons -- and they're currently our Attorney General and one of the most powerful figures in the GA.

It's a pretty frustrating time to be a liberal Virginian. :/
chantalzola 4th-Mar-2012 03:07 am (UTC)
I really had no idea it was that bad =( It's weird to me, because almost every person I know from Virginia, if not every person, is a liberal.
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