Michele Bachmann had ample opportunity to offer critical words about Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday, but the most she came up with was, “I think we need to be respectful on both sides.”
Speaking on CNN's Newsroom, the Republican House member from Minnesota and a former presidential candidate was repeatedly asked about the still-simmering controversy over Limbaugh's calling Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” on his show last week. Bachmann said: “I think Rush Limbaugh has already addressed this issue. He came out, and he very forcefully said that he was wrong. He apologized not just once but several times. I think he’s put that issue to bed.”
Limbaugh on Saturday tendered what he has since called a sincere apology and labeled his own statements "wrong." But critics have continued to rip him for the comments, and advertisers have pulled funding from his program.
When pressed on the issue, Bachmann continued to demur, saying that she was “called name after name after name” on the campaign trail, and that no media firestorm ensued. "I think we need to be respectful on both sides," she said.
Bachmann also said she was busy concentrating on her role on the House Intelligence Committee, and that “the media’s been focusing on these little pinprick issues when really we should be focusing on these bigger issues.”