By Alicia M. Cohn - 03/08/12 12:23 PM EST
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Wednesday that he would "love" to see controversial conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh dropped from the Armed Forces Network.
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) called Limbaugh's show "offensive" and told CNN he has been "delighted" to see advertisers drop the program in the wake of outrage over Limbaugh calling a Georgetown University law student a "slut" and a "prostitute." Sandra Fluke, the student, had testified for House Democrats in favor of the White House's contraception coverage mandate.
"I would hope the people that run it see just how offensive this is and drop it on their own volition," Levin told CNN. "I think that is probably an issue that should be left to the folks that run that network. ... In other words, I'd love to see them drop it, but I don't think I'd legislate it."
Limbaugh apologized for going too far in his remarks over the weekend, and on Wednesday denied that he has lost money from advertisers leaving his show. Many of the advertisers who have dropped his show have been on local affiliates and do not directly support his show, according to Limbaugh.
The Armed Forces Network is run by the Department of Defense and broadcast worldwide as an internal radio network for the members of the U.S. military.