From left: Democratic Sens. Frank Lautenberg, Patty Murray, Richard Blumenthal and Barbara Boxer conduct a news conference in the Capitol on GOP Sen. Roy Blunts amendment on contraception.
On the presidential level, the hits kept coming as well. Democrats began dredging up old quotes from Santorum that they charged show a misogynistic streak. At one point, Lautenberg accused Santorum of believing women "should not strive for professional success." And then on Thursday, Santorum rainmaker Foster Friess quipped during an MSNBC interview that, "Back in my days, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn't that costly."
It was a statement that broke through any coverage of transportation bills or payroll tax cut conferences.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.