During an interview with Time‘s Mark Halperin, Mitt Romney was asked if he thought controversial radio host and former drug addict Rush Limbaugh had too much influence on the Republican Party.
“You know, Rush Limbaugh has an audience that speaks a very important voice,” Romney said. “I don’t begrudge him the great success he’s had and the influence he has. Sometimes he’s agreed with me; sometimes disagreed with me. And, so I can only look with him, at him and say, ‘Congratulations, well done. You’ve built quite a following.’”
Limbaugh has accused Romney of not being a conservative because he supported an individual mandate for health care while governor of Massachusetts.
“It doesn’t mean that I agree with those voices but I’m certainly not going to suggest to the American people that they turn off their radio and not listen to someone who I may or may not agree with,” Romney added. “By in large, Rush Limbaugh speaks a number of conservative principles that a lot of us agree with.”