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Gingrich: Limbaugh right to apologize for remarks (AP headline)
KGW - Portland ^ | March 4, 2012 | AP

Posted on 03/04/2012 6:25:04 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says Rush Limbaugh was wrong to call a college student a "slut" and "prostitute" in the debate over contraception coverage, and was right to apologize for the comments.

Gingrich tells CNN's "State of the Union" that he's glad the conservative commentator issued the apology on Saturday and that it's time to move beyond the controversy.

Gingrich says it's "silly" to suggest that Limbaugh speaks for the GOP. Gingrich contends the media are "trying desperately to protect" President Barack Obama.


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......"Gingrich said the GOP would not be harmed by the controversy surrounding radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, who this week used incendiary language to describe a law student after she testified in a Congressional hearing over contraception coverage. Limbaugh apologized for the remarks Saturday.

"The Republican Party has four people running for president, none of whom is Rush Limbaugh," Gingrich said. "One of them will end up as the nominee, and that person will be the Republican spokesman. I don't think any of them were involved in this controversy at all.".....

1 posted on 03/04/2012 6:25:10 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Thinking about it last night, Rush probably was told by his lawyers that using the term “Prostitute” could cause him some issues. Slut could be argued is just his opinion, however, “Prostitute” is a criminal activity and not just a matter of opinion.

Rush should have stuck with Slut and added on Political Whore, Nancy Pelosi’s Floozy, Congressional Tramp, Dingbat, etc..

(anyway, Sluts can’t be Prostitutes until they pass the Bar Exam).


2 posted on 03/04/2012 6:28:46 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Much as I like Newt, I would strongly suggest he avoid offering any commentary or opinions on promiscuous individuals (of any gender)regardless of circumstances.
Rush can take care of himself.
The GOP has difficulty finding it’s posterior with both hands.


3 posted on 03/04/2012 6:29:57 AM PST by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

God, I love Newt. Such a gift to break things down so that even the most obtuse liberal can’t dispute it.


4 posted on 03/04/2012 6:30:15 AM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Rush should if he hasnt already, state the facts about this so called college student. Is she not a lawyer, 30 years old and an activist associated with know activists for this purpose, list the many times Palin and Bachmann and other conservative women were called sluts by other commentators and demand thier apologies also.


5 posted on 03/04/2012 6:30:24 AM PST by ronnie raygun (B B)
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To: All
March 3rd - Bowling Green, OH ..."Asked by reporters here about Mr. Limbaugh’s comments, the former House speaker responded, “I don’t even know. I wasn’t involved in the conversation.” He continued, “I will say that the news media seems far more eager to talk about Rush Limbaugh’s language than they are to talk about the Barack Obama’s apology to the people who are killing Americans.” That was a reference to President Obama’s apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for U.S. troops who burned Qurans, sparking deadly protests in Afghanistan."
6 posted on 03/04/2012 6:30:25 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; American Constitutionalist

Where are the Newt fans/Rick haters? Rick called the comments “absurd” and was attacked on here because he didn’t support Rush’s comments. People even made comments he wasn’t tough enough to be President. Now Newt says that Rush is right to apologize, therefore also publically disagreeing with the comments, and we’ll likely not hear a peep.


7 posted on 03/04/2012 6:31:11 AM PST by Pinkbell
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To: bossmechanic

Yes, Newt screwed the pooch on this one. There was a huge opening here if he had just avoided it and waited til Rush’ show on Monday to see what is really up.


8 posted on 03/04/2012 6:31:37 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: mnehring
Thinking about it last night, Rush probably was told by his lawyers that using the term “Prostitute” could cause him some issues.

That's a good point. I though Rush was right about condemning her expectation that we should have to pay for her birth control, but he should have left it at that.

The last thing our side needs now is to give the left ammunition to use against us, and that's what Rush did.

9 posted on 03/04/2012 6:31:54 AM PST by TwelveOfTwenty (Compassionate Conservatism? Promoting self reliance is compassionate. Promoting dependency is not.)
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To: mnehring

Clearly you share my opinion of the legal profession.


10 posted on 03/04/2012 6:32:51 AM PST by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: Pinkbell

Boy, you stepped in that one. Comment already posted.


11 posted on 03/04/2012 6:32:51 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: mnehring

Though I hate to see a conserative back up on their comments and appologize, It was probably a wise thing to do. I had concerned that this could be Rush’s “nappy headed hos” moment.


12 posted on 03/04/2012 6:33:04 AM PST by rightly_dividing (You cannot put a gun rack in a Volt !)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Gingrich is unquestionably my candidate at this point and I hope Super Tuesday marks his latest comeback.


13 posted on 03/04/2012 6:33:53 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Pinkbell
" Where are the Newt fans/Rick haters? Rick called the comments “absurd” and was attacked on here because he didn’t support Rush’s comments "

As far as they are concerned, if Rick says it ? it's bad, if Newt says it, it's all good.
14 posted on 03/04/2012 6:34:47 AM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Pinkbell

There is one word for that... Hypocrites...


15 posted on 03/04/2012 6:35:34 AM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Stepped in what ? for someone showing the total hypocrisy of the Newt supporters bashing Rick Santorum’s comment about Rush saying he was absurd to say that and now ? Newt comes out and says this ? ... it’s called hypocrisy... in case you don’t understand English.


16 posted on 03/04/2012 6:38:24 AM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
Yes, Newt screwed the pooch on this one. There was a huge opening here if he had just avoided it and waited til Rush’ show on Monday to see what is really up.

Rush apologized ALL by himself.

Newt on Sunday when asked by CNN: ......"Gingrich said the GOP would not be harmed by the controversy surrounding radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, who this week used incendiary language to describe a law student after she testified in a Congressional hearing over contraception coverage. Limbaugh apologized for the remarks Saturday.

"The Republican Party has four people running for president, none of whom is Rush Limbaugh," Gingrich said. "One of them will end up as the nominee, and that person will be the Republican spokesman. I don't think any of them were involved in this controversy at all.".....

AND: “I don’t even know. I wasn’t involved in the conversation.” He continued, “I will say that the news media seems far more eager to talk about Rush Limbaugh’s language than they are to talk about the Barack Obama’s apology to the people who are killing Americans.”

17 posted on 03/04/2012 6:39:01 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: American Constitutionalist

This is the difference, one of many, between the Newt supporters and the Rick supporters.

You will see a good number of Newt nation slam him for this. I already have. Check the posts. It was obvious that I was posting simultaneously with Tinkerbell or whoever...

We don’t worship our man. Something you can’t relate to.


18 posted on 03/04/2012 6:39:52 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: riri

Newt understands that this will affect the GOP. He knows we must get past this FAST, and Rush’s apology will help to do this. An endorsement of Rush apologizing is quite a bit different than Santorum saying he was absurd. Can people not just look at a bigger picture here?


19 posted on 03/04/2012 6:41:13 AM PST by Toespi
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
AND: “I don’t even know. I wasn’t involved in the conversation.” He continued, “I will say that the news media seems far more eager to talk about Rush Limbaugh’s language than they are to talk about the Barack Obama’s apology to the people who are killing Americans.”

That's ALL he should have said. Period. That would have been a brilliant statement if THAT WAS ALL HE SAID. That would have given him clear separation from what RS said yesterday, which Newt needs at this point.

RS's comment was worse, but Newt's comment has closed the gap on this, and Newt needed a huge gap on this. He had it. He blew it.

20 posted on 03/04/2012 6:42:30 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I watched the interview, and Newt did great at not letting Candy cow him into going on defense. He went right after Obama.


21 posted on 03/04/2012 6:43:24 AM PST by mtrott
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To: Toespi

You are right, Rick’s statement was worse. But Newt said too much as well. And keep in mind one thing: Rush may be setting the table for a double reverse on Monday - in which case - it would have been better not to be on record on this issue at all.


22 posted on 03/04/2012 6:44:05 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Pinkbell
....."Newt Gingrich said President Obama acted “opportunistically” when he called law student Sandra Fluke to extend his support for the woman who had been called a “slut” and a “prostitute” by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

“I think the president will opportunistically do anything he can,” Gingrich said after a rally in Hamilton, Ohio, according to ABC News.".... Newt Gingrich: Obama acted "opportunistically" in calling Fluke

23 posted on 03/04/2012 6:44:43 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Cincinatus' Wife.
Gingrich says Rush Limbaugh was wrong to call a college student a "slut" and "prostitute"
What "college student"?


24 posted on 03/04/2012 6:45:05 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: mnehring

How about “FLOOSY”?? Have not heard that word for years, and that would have fit perfectly.


25 posted on 03/04/2012 6:45:43 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (OVERLOAD!! PLEASE no more FREEPMAIL to me until I can organize that box! Thanks...)
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To: mtrott
I watched the interview, and Newt did great at not letting Candy cow him into going on defense. He went right after Obama.

Thank you. I didn't see the interview, but with AP headlines and no complete quote I expect it went as you describe.

26 posted on 03/04/2012 6:46:01 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: American Constitutionalist

Is your problem reading comprehension or stupidity?

The charge of hypocrisy is only applicable if someone is hypocritical. While you were penning your charge of hypocrisy, my post demonstrating my total LACK of it was being posted in this forum.


27 posted on 03/04/2012 6:46:03 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: SunkenCiv

......Gingrich said the GOP would not be harmed by the controversy surrounding radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, who this week used incendiary language to describe a law student after she testified in a Congressional hearing over contraception coverage. Limbaugh apologized for the remarks Saturday.

“The Republican Party has four people running for president, none of whom is Rush Limbaugh,” Gingrich said. “One of them will end up as the nominee, and that person will be the Republican spokesman. I don’t think any of them were involved in this controversy at all.”.....


28 posted on 03/04/2012 6:47:10 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: TwelveOfTwenty

Nope...disagree with you.

Rush highlighted the phony ‘women can’t have birth control issue” and now our people can hammer home the left put this out there and its not true.
rush said the stage for all conservatives to get the record straight!


29 posted on 03/04/2012 6:47:10 AM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (NEWT in 2012)
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To: American Constitutionalist

Agree..since when do Freepers eat their own—Rush—when he speaks the truth and all day today the talk shows get to “straighten out the lies”!

GO rush!


30 posted on 03/04/2012 6:48:20 AM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (NEWT in 2012)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
...But Newt said too much as well. ..

Do you have the complete transcript?

31 posted on 03/04/2012 6:48:23 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: All

48 hours before Super Tuesday and we’re consumed with Rush Limbaugh.

Do we still wonder why liberals continue to win?


32 posted on 03/04/2012 6:48:58 AM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
.."Newt Gingrich said President Obama acted “opportunistically” when he called law student Sandra Fluke to extend his support for the woman

That's another brilliant point made by Newt, but he frustrates me sometimes. He should have totally avoided the "right to apologize" part of his statement. Had he stuck with what he said above and added the part about "not being part of that conversation" it would have been brilliant, hard hitting, and left a huge gap between him and Santorum on the issue.

As it is, there is a smaller gap between him and RS than I would want.

33 posted on 03/04/2012 6:49:14 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Hope all the Newt fans on this board are happy!


34 posted on 03/04/2012 6:51:16 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Windblown Newtie once again sticking his finger in the wind and finding out what gets him the most votes.


35 posted on 03/04/2012 6:51:17 AM PST by MuttTheHoople (Democrats- Forgetting 9/11 since 9/12/01)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I don’t have the complete transcripts, but that’s not the point. The soundbyte about “right to apologize” and “silly to say he speaks for the GOP” are comments that would have been better left unsaid. Those are the comments that will be seen in headlines and they will give the false impression that what Newt said is very similar to what RS said.

What Newt said is only somewhat similar around the margins, and Newt’s statement was much better on some points.


36 posted on 03/04/2012 6:51:57 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Long time Rush fans (me included) appreciate his illustrating absurdity with absurdity. But, he has been around long enough to know his adversaries are ready to pounce on any opportunity to discredit him... a better choice of words or less words, may have been served him and us better. Remember, he only has a 96.6% accuracy record... so there will be a misstep from time to time.


37 posted on 03/04/2012 6:52:33 AM PST by StraightDave (.)
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To: Right_in_Virginia

Um, we’re not consumed with Rush Limbaugh. But gee, I dunno, this thread is maybe about Rush Limbaugh? There are threads today that are not about Rush.

I can walk and chew gum at the same time......


38 posted on 03/04/2012 6:53:25 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
I agree with you, but he could have done it without throwing out words like "slut" and "prostitute". All that does is provide the lefties with a distraction from the real issue, that being forcing us to pay for her birth control.

And as some else pointed out, prostitution is a crime, and calling her a prostitute could have opened him up to slander charges.

39 posted on 03/04/2012 6:53:30 AM PST by TwelveOfTwenty (Compassionate Conservatism? Promoting self reliance is compassionate. Promoting dependency is not.)
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To: MuttTheHoople

Nancy’s face almost looks normal in that pic.

The more botox she received, the crazier she got!


40 posted on 03/04/2012 6:53:30 AM PST by Scotswife
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To: MuttTheHoople

Which is interesting, because he was not running for anything at the time.

And wow, what an original idea. Do you have any more “breaking news” for us? You know, like maybe the last time RS WAS running for something he was bragging about minimum wage hikes and record spending on Head Start and voting down Right to Work?


41 posted on 03/04/2012 6:55:59 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: bossmechanic

Gingrich is a loose cannon.


42 posted on 03/04/2012 6:56:38 AM PST by Daveinyork
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To: C. Edmund Wright
don’t have the complete transcripts, but that’s not the point. The soundbyte about “right to apologize”

First, C. Edmund, I don't have the transcript, so I don't know if that is a direct quote or how it was said.

Second, RUSH apologized. Did you want Newt to say, "Gosh, hey my man Rush, don't apologize?" Is that it???

You are so all over the map, it's hard to know where you stand, day to day.

43 posted on 03/04/2012 6:57:12 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: StraightDave

I think it’s 99.6 - or 98.6 - either way - he could have simply posed the question of “what we call someone who gets paid for sex” and maybe not explicitly answered that question himself.


44 posted on 03/04/2012 6:57:23 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Daveinyork
Gingrich is a loose cannon.

Hi Karl (Rove).

45 posted on 03/04/2012 6:58:26 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: MuttTheHoople

Nice picture of Newt.

Since you want to play that way, maybe you would like to explain why Santorum, along with Trent Lott torpedoed Bill Clinton impeachment.

http://patriothq.com/2012/02/18/how-rick-santorum-torpedoed-clintons-impeachment

Before you call me a liar there are many more articles on this subject if you care to look them up. If Santorum is of such outstanding character, why did he botch the Rapists impeachment?


46 posted on 03/04/2012 6:59:00 AM PST by mardi59 (I'm not looking for MTV, I'm looking for MVP. Newt 2012!)
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To: MuttTheHoople
Windblown Newtie once again sticking his finger in the wind and finding out what gets him the most votes.

Newt attacked Obama.

You're full of hot air.

47 posted on 03/04/2012 7:00:27 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Toespi
Newt understands that this will affect the GOP. He knows we must get past this FAST, and Rush’s apology will help to do this. An endorsement of Rush apologizing is quite a bit different than Santorum saying he was absurd. Can people not just look at a bigger picture here?

Unfortunately, no, because many here are basically the same kind of people that populate the DU; the only difference is which labels provoke them to knee-jerk, thoughtless responses and reification of their prejudice. Though the packaging is different, their operating systems and processor speeds are all about the same.
48 posted on 03/04/2012 7:00:30 AM PST by aruanan
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
If Rush set the stage for all conservatives to get the record straight, how is it that virtually no one is speaking about the real issue... this skank’s obvious attempt to forward the skid mark's unconstitutional edict that the Catholic Church pay for her contraceptives has been twisted and perverted into this idiotic “Republicans want to end women's right to contraceptives”? The Demonrats and their MSM propagandists have, once again, achieved a trifecta-— they have successfully diverted attention away from the real issue of religious liberty, while at the same time making their sworn enemies look bad and covering for the skid mark's incompetence, ignorance, and wanton destruction of the country.
49 posted on 03/04/2012 7:00:33 AM PST by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: bossmechanic
Yeah, Newt should have stayed out of it or made it a free political speech issue—now he has thrown Rush under the bus and there are a LOT of Dittoheads in Super Tuesday states.

Bad move Newt.

50 posted on 03/04/2012 7:00:51 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Better add another wing to The White House cause the Santorum clan is coming.")
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