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03/07/2012 01:45 pm ET

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Attacks Mitt Romney For Response To Rush Limbaugh's 'Slut' Comments

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) is at it again, and this time he's taking aim at Mitt Romney for his response to Rush Limbaugh's offensive remarks about law student Sandra Fluke.

On his Monday radio show, Limbaugh referred to Fluke as a "slut" and a "prostitute", after she gained public attention for advocating that insurance companies cover birth control. He has since released an apology, saying that, "Those two words were inappropriate. They were uncalled for."

But on Wednesday, Rep. Gutierrez delivered a five minute speech on the House floor, criticizing Limbaugh for a false apology to Fluke and accusing Romney for not condemning his fellow conservative harshly enough for the remarks:

When a talk show host calls a decent young American a slut and a prostitute, that’s sad and wrong. But when Mitt Romney, the Republican Party’s frontrunner for President is asked about it and all he can say is “it’s not the language I would have used,” then it’s a leadership crisis. I guess Mitt Romney would have said, 'Lady of the night.

Liz Marlantes of the DCDecoder wrote that perhaps Romney did not condemn the talk show host more harshly -- a move some strategists say would have helped the presidential hopeful -- because he feared losing Limbaugh supporters in the Republican party.

"Romney could not afford to lose any of the 35 percent of Limbaugh supporters who were planning to vote for him. If anything, he needed more of those voters in his corner," she wrote on Wednesday.

Gutierrez's attack against Romney comes only a week after he slammed the candidate for his characterization of Arizona's onerous anti-immigration policies as a 'model' the U.S. should follow.

"90% of the 50 million Latinos in the U.S. are citizens," he said. "That's a lot of people to keep track of," says Guiterrez in the video, "especially if you want to offend each and every one of them," he added.

And Romney is not the only candidate Gutierrez has called out.

He's also gone after Gingrich for his claims that he "speaks for all Catholics" on birth control as well as his categorization of Obama as a "Food Stamp President."

Gutierrez concluded his statements on the House floor on Wednesday by asking Americans to take a stand.

"It’s time for all Americans to say enough is enough," he said. "And it’s time for anyone who wants to be a leader -- even Republicans who are terrified of Rush Limbaugh – to stand up for treating every woman with decency and respect."

WATCH: Gutierrez Says Romney's Response Is Evidence Of "Leadership Crisis" in GOP

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