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Boehner condemns Limbaugh’s ‘slut, prostitute’ comments

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Posted at 1:35 PM, Mar 02, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-02 13:36:00-05

By Dana Bash, CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent

(CNN) - A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday said the top Republican condemns a controversial comment made by conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh but also disagrees with those who launched fundraising efforts over the remark.

"The speaker obviously believes the use of those words was inappropriate, as is trying to raise money off the situation," Michael Steel, Boehner's spokesman, told CNN.

His response comes after House Democrats called on Boehner to repudiate Limbaugh's remark, in which the talk show host called a young woman who appeared before a congressional panel a 'slut' and a 'prostitute.'

The woman, Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke, testified in the House last week, advocating for women to have access to contraceptives.

On Wednesday, the radio host disparaged Fluke, saying the law student wants '"taxpayers to pay her to have sex."

"What does it say about the college co-ed [Sandra] Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says she must be paid to have sex?" Limbaugh asked. "What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex."

House Democrats quickly rallied in response to Limbaugh's remarks and sent a letter to Boehner urging him to condemn the comments.

Some groups and lawmakers also tried to fundraise off of the controversy, an act Boehner also rebuked.

CNN Senior Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

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