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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 WarrenSpeaker Ryan, the fate of our policy toward Russia rests in your hands Democrats must end fiery rhetoric against AT&T-Time Warner merger Trump: Calling Warren Pocahontas ‘an insult to Pocahontas’ 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 BluntOvernight Regulation: Senate Banking panel huddles with regulators on bank relief | FCC proposes 2M fine on robocaller | Yellowstone grizzly loses endangered protection Overnight Finance: Big US banks pass Fed stress tests | Senate bill repeals most ObamaCare taxes | Senate expected to pass Russian sanctions bill for second time GOP senator: 'No reason' to try to work with Dems on healthcare 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 BoehnerRyan reminds lawmakers to be on time for votes Juan Williams: GOP fumbles on healthcare The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorWhat to watch for in Comey’s testimony Trump nominates two new DOD officials Brat: New ObamaCare repeal bill has 'significant' changes 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.