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White House press secretary Jay Carney called the remarks "reprehensible" and "disappointing" at a press conference later in the day.

Massachusetts Democrats called on Brown specifically to distance himself from the comments in a statement earlier Friday. The incumbent senator is locked in a tight election battle with former Obama adviser Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren: Liberals will ‘lead the Democratic Party back from the wilderness’ Warren asks where bank CEOs stand on customers' ability to join class action suits Labor Department seeks delay of Obama investment adviser rule MORE, who used Brown's support for the Blunt amendment - which would have allowed employers to opt out of providing coverage for health care they morally objected to - as fodder for attack ads earlier this week.

“Earlier this week, Scott Brown sided with Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Roy BluntRoy BluntGOP debates tax cuts vs. tax reform Five tough decisions for the GOP on healthcare Lacking White House plan, Senate focuses on infrastructure MORE, and the right wing of the Republican Party by fighting for passage of the Blunt amendment. Shortly afterwards, his party’s most prominent spokesman – Rush Limbaugh – launched into an obscene and offensive tirade against a young law student for testifying against the Blunt amendment and calling for women to have access to contraception… Scott Brown needs to decide whose side he is on, and he needs to make clear that Limbaugh’s actions are unacceptable on public airwaves," Clare Kelly, director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, said in a statement.

Other Republicans, including House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerIt's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him How Republicans can bring order out of the GOP's chaos Republican donor sues GOP for fraud over ObamaCare repeal failure MORE (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorKelly’s challenge? Bringing stability to Trump White House Special interests hide behind vets on Independence Day What to watch for in Comey’s testimony MORE (R-Va.) similarly denounced the comments earlier Friday.

Limbaugh, however, said Democrats were exploiting the contraception issue to scare Americans away from the Republican Party during his radio show Friday.

"The Democrats need these planks to scare voters about the Republican Party," Limbaugh said on his radio show Friday. "Contraception is the replacement plank for abortion in the Democrat Party platform. That's what's happening here in a political sense."

Daniel Strauss and Jonathan Easley contributed to the reporting of this article.