In back-to-back TV appearances this morning, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) strongly condemned Rush Limabugh for his assault on Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke. “His remarks are totally unacceptable. Totally and completely unacceptable. And there’s no place for it,” McCain said on CNN. “Those statements were unacceptable in every way and should be condemned by everyone,” he added on CBS. Watch it:
McCain did not reference the apology Limbaugh offered this weekend, but many — including at least two advertisers — have been unsatisfied with it, as the radio host expressed little contrition and used the venue to further his false attacks on Fluke.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who has been the most outspoken religious leader against President Obama’s new contraception mandate, which sparked this whole controversy, spoke out against Limbaugh yesterday, saying the conservative entertainer should not be so “pugnacious.” “Whatever we do, and however strongly we feel, we do it charitably, we do it civilly,” Dolan said. “We don’t judge the motives of other people.”
Meanwhile, Christine Todd Whitman, the former Republican governor of New Jersey and Bush EPA administrator, said Limbaugh’s statement was “hardly an apology,” and also criticized lawmakers in her own party. “What is more to the point, and an issue for Republicans, is holding a hearing on contraceptives without a woman on the panel.”