On the tape, Republican consultant Frank Luntz told a group of University of Pennsylvania students in confidence that Rush Limbaugh was largely responsible for the political polarization in our nation. Before commenting he asked students if anyone was recording the comments. A reporter for the college newspaper named Eric Kaplan indicated that he was, and Luntz asked him to turn the recording off. At that point, another student, Aakash Abbi, started to record Luntz with his IPhone. Luntz continued speaking only when he was certain his remarks would not be captured. Abbi sent this recording to Mother Jones:
"And they get great ratings, and they drive the message, and it's really problematic. And this is not on the Democratic side. It's only on the Republican side…[inaudible]. [Democrats have] got every other source of news on their side. And so that is a lot of what's driving it. If you take—Marco Rubio's getting his ass kicked. Who's my Rubio fan here? We talked about it. He's getting destroyed! By Mark Levin, by Rush Limbaugh, and a few others. He's trying to find a legitimate, long-term effective solution to immigration that isn't the traditional Republican approach, and talk radio is killing him. That's what's causing this thing underneath. And too many politicians in Washington are playing coy"
As he continued, Luntz said that it had been irresponsible and bad for the GOP for right wing talk show hosts to focus on birth control and women's bodies--erasing any doubt that he was referring specifically to Limbaugh's vicious smear of Sandra Fluke in March 2012 which launched the StopRush movement.
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