January 30, 2013


On the reason for the contraction of the U.S. economy …

I have a question, ladies and gentlemen. The economic growth rate – reported, anyway – by our government, at the end of September, was 3.1%, at the end of the calendar third quarter. So after September, of course, comes October, November, December. That's the calendar fourth quarter. So from September to the end of the year the economy went from growing at 3.1% to contracting by 0.1%. So the economy fell 3.2%. Now, what happened between October, November, and December that might have had something to do with this? Let me think. October, November, even December you got Christmas and holiday season, that's supposed to be big for the economy. They told us, ladies and gentlemen, we were told that after Obama won reelection, the economy was gonna take off because uncertainty would be removed. In fact, they said that one of the reasons the economy was sorta chugging, not really speeding along, was all the uncertainty over who was gonna win the election and what policies would then flow; but then after Obama won, that's the end of uncertainty. Everybody would know what's ahead and the economy would take off. Well, obviously Obama won the election, and the economy tanked. Hmm. I wonder why.

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November 9, 2012


On whether the election results constitute a rejection of conservatism by the electorate…

If the three million votes, the three million Republicans that everybody thought would turn out had turned out, three million Republicans did not vote, the statistical analysis is that if those three million had voted for Romney, Romney would have won the popular vote by a couple hundred thousand. We didn't lose this because of immigration. We didn't lose this because of women. We lost it because we didn't turn out the base. There were eight million Obama voters who did not vote this year as opposed to 2008. There was not more enthusiasm for Obama in this country. It was not conservatism that lost. It was not our ideals that lost. It was our campaign strategy. That's where this was lost. Reagan's words ring true. Don't give up your ideals. Recognize there are millions and millions of Americans who want what you want.

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November 7, 2012


On the meaning of President Obama’s reelection…

Romney presented a picture... This is very frightening stuff to me. He presented a picture of the traditional view, the traditional roots, the traditional way things work in this country. And part of his campaign... There was an assumption, I think, that that's what most people were looking for and wanted a return to. Instead we've got the Mulligan presidency. We're gonna give Obama a do-over!

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November 5, 2012


On President Obama’s view of America and his role today in reforming it…

He thinks he represents the America that's been getting the shaft for 200 years. He represents the America that's on the wrong side of every deal. They get the raw deal, the rotten deal. They have been screwed. They have been shafted. They've been taken advantage of. They've been discriminated against. It's time to make it right. It's time to show these people that have been doing these evil things to people exactly how it feels. So you want to find out what it's like on welfare, you don't care people are on it, here you go, here's your unemployment check. You want to find out what it feels like to be scared to death, here you go. This is about revenge, a little vengeance. It is about theoretical capitalism that they despise 'cause they can't control it and again because they think it's unfair and unjust and unequal. No, no, no, they're not, in their minds, trying to destroy America. They're trying to rewrite it.

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November 2, 2012


On the U.S. government’s refusal to defend the Benghazi consulate…

They were warned multiple times, and cables were sent from the consulate that day… A cable was sent that day saying that an attack was being planned, assembled, and put together. Requests for help were made. The ambassador himself sent a cable in August telling everybody in the White House, top level, that this was happening. Al-Qaeda was massing. And Obama still, to this day, is on the campaign trail using the phrase: "Al-Qaeda's on the run; Osama bin Laden is dead!" Four Americans are dead. In some instances, they violated orders to help. They were told to stand down, and when you hear that they were "told to stand down," that's not the right terminology. They were told not to help. They were told to stay put. They were told not to offer any defense of the consulate or the ambassador or any of the people there. To say that they were "told to stand down" doesn't cut it. They were ordered to do nothing! They were ordered not to help! They were ordered not to offer a defense. And, as we know now, Tyrone Woods violated orders and went anyway because that's the nature of these people.

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October 19, 2012


On Obama’s shocking “not optimal” gaffe on The Daily Show…

Here's the real thing to know. Tells you everything, when Obama says "not optimal." How come he has no reluctance whatsoever about calling this movie disgusting, reprehensible, everything else he's called it, but he can't bring himself to issue a clear-voiced condemnation of Islamic terror. Do you know he still has not called this a terrorist attack? Everybody thinks after the debate that he and Candy Crowley cooked up there that he did call it a terror attack, and he didn't. And if people who watched the debate didn't watch the next day they don't know. Of course he didn't get a bounce out of that debate, folks… Obama didn't get a bounce. And everybody said he won. Ha-ha-ha. But he didn't. I told you.

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October 17, 2012


On the media consensus that Obama won the second Presidential Debate last night…

The only way you can say, "Obama won on points" is to say that he got away with lying, and that assumes the audience is a bunch of idiots. That assumes that the audience doesn't know. And I'm telling you, the people watching the debate, if they're interested enough to watch the debate, know enough to know when they're being lied to. I don't believe that Mitt Romney has to point out, for example, every lie Obama is telling. It's not possible, by the way. There were too many last night.

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October 15, 2012


On the missing magic from Obama’s 2008 campaign…

You go back and look at Grant Park on election night, look at the people in that crowd. Zombies, the walking dead. It didn't matter what he said. It was what they wanted him to be. That's what he was. That's gone. There is none of that. All there is is a hard, cold reality that he was not what anybody thought him to be. Whatever it was that every individual that voted for this guy in 2008 made him out to be in their own mind, he's not that anymore. And there's no way of capturing it. There's no way of getting it back. He's got a record, and it's dismal, and he can't defend it. He doesn't even want to talk about it.

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October 12, 2012


On Joe Biden’s bizarre, buffoonish performance in the Vice Presidential debate…

You know, Biden forgets there are real people in this country who have been profoundly damaged by the economics of this country right now. Whether they blame Obama for it doesn't matter. A discussion of it comes up last night, people who watched this stuff take the election of a president seriously. You got a bad economy, you got an incumbent sitting there, young challenger, and the incumbent, the guy starts laughing in the middle of a discussion about this? These people are worried about their taxes, their Social Security, what the hell they're gonna have to pay to get us out of this debt, and we got old man Biden there laughing about it? And then he starts laughing in a discussion about security and dead ambassadors. You know, laughing about practically everything for the first half hour.

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October 10, 2012


On the striking drop of the unemployment rate to 7.8%…

I predicted a year ago that this unemployment number would be reported at this time under 8%. How did I know? Because it's not an economics issue; it's all political. It's one of the easiest predictions I've ever made, that the unemployment would go down. All I had to learn was that no incumbent ever been elected, reelected with the unemployment rate over 8%. Well! Guess what's gonna happen in the month leading up to the election? The unemployment rate's gonna be under 8%. With this bunch in the White House, you'd be fool not to predict that.

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October 8, 2012


On Mitt Romney’s foreign-policy address at the Virginia Military Institute…

As I listen to these Romney sound bites, it reminds me of when I was listening to the speech live. It was exactly an hour ago. When you just listen to what Romney is saying about our position in the world and how he's saying it, and you compare it to what Obama says about our position in the world. I just can't get over the stark contrast and the stark difference. I mean, you ask the question, "Who is more presidential? Who should be our commander-in-chief?" and the option is these two guys. I mean, there's no comparison. It is competent, confident leadership versus rank amateur cliched liberalism. Not even informed and educated by three years on the job, just cliched liberalism.

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October 5, 2012


On breaking news from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that the unemployment rate has dropped to 7.8%…

There you have it, folks. The economy's back. The stimulus worked. The job council's programs all worked. Obamacare worked. Look at all the jobs, 114,000 new jobs created, and as I told you last December, this would happen. The unemployment rate under 8%. It's 7.9, but it doesn't matter, 7.8, 7.9, whatever's after the decimal point doesn't matter. It's the seven that matters, and the reason it does is that no incumbent president has ever been reelected with the unemployment rate over 8%. It's that simple. So they had to get the number down, and they found a way to do it.

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October 3, 2012


On the 2007 video showing an angry candidate Obama railing against the federal government for its actions with post-Katrina New Orleans…

Clearly race-baiting, clearly angry, and I'm telling you: This is who he is to this day. This is who he's gonna become if he's reelected. This is who he is today. He hadn't changed. It's who he's been all his life. It's how he was mentored. It was how he was educated and raised. He's no different than the most extreme guest on MSNBC. He just has the ability to cover it up, to mask it. You peel all that away, and this is who he is, always has been.

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September 28, 2012


The media is no longer about truth. It's not about informing.

The media is now part of the propaganda machine. They are part of the Democrat Party. They are Democrats with bylines. They're pretending to be objective. They're pretending to be inquisitive and professional. But they're not. They have thrown in with one side. They have thrown in with the Democrat Party. They have thrown in, all-in, with Obama. That's been the nature of the media for a long time now. They can be overcome. Ronaldus Magnus overcame the media -- and, folks, we can, too. My point here is we already know this. You and I know we can overcome the media. This program has done it. Any number of other so-called New Media have overcome it, and we win elections. We don't lose every election. We win more than we lose. It's important. With the free media support Obama gets -- whether it's 60 Minutes, The View, the Today show, MSNBC -- and all that paid propaganda that Obama pays for, it's important that your enthusiasm not be blunted.

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September 19, 2012


On the GOP establishment’s sometimes-faltering support of Mitt Romney as the election unfolds…

During the primary, all these people -- not all of them, but a lot of the people -- who were telling us, "Romney's the only guy. He's the only chance we've got! Romney's the one," they've bailed. They've bailed on him. Now they're running around saying, "He's not the candidate we thought he was gonna be. He's stupid and arrogant," and all these things. And those of you, you and me, who were said to be problematic during the primaries? We're the ones supporting Romney!

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September 17, 2012


On Obama’s reelection campaign…

Barack Obama is running a campaign oriented toward defeating the current president. He's running against himself, but not saying so. He's the insider. He's the candidate of big government. He's the candidate who has given us his policies that are shutting coal mines and public utilities, driving up the cost of electricity, blocking domestic drilling everywhere he can, driving up the cost of gasoline, blocking business expansion, driving down employment -- and borrowing trillion dollars of dollars, which is destroying the value of our currency.

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September 14, 2012


On media polls showing Obama with sizable leads in several battleground states…

Obama going up in the polls right now doesn't make sense, does it? To you? Does Obama closing out the election right now make sense to you? Does Obama wrapping it up in Ohio, Florida, Virginia, does that make sense to you? It doesn't to me. Obama getting stronger in the polls, right now, doesn't make sense to me. Well, Rasmussen's out today. Their latest poll has Romney up three. That's exactly right. Latest Rasmussen has Romney up three. And then there's this. "According to the Real Clear Politics averages, Mitt Romney now leads the presidential race in Virginia for the first time since the beginning of the year." Real Clear Politics, they average every poll.

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September 10, 2012


On a new onslaught of polls showing Obama significantly ahead of Mitt Romney…

The polls are just being used as another tool of voter suppression. The polls are an attempt to not reflect public opinion, but to shape it. Yours. They want to depress the heck out of you, and they want to suppress your vote. The polls are of adults, registered voters. Let me tell you the polls that count, and those are the polls a couple of weeks before the election. That's when the pollsters worry about holding onto their credibility. Those are the polls that everybody remembers. Nobody's gonna talk about what Public Policy Polling said in a poll in Ohio on September 10th. They're gonna worry about what Public Policy Polling said a week before the election, and that's when Public Policy Polling, a liberal group out of North Carolina, is gonna tell you what's really going on.

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September 7, 2012


On why the Democrat party opposes photo IDs for voting…

You need a photo ID to cash a check, to buy things. You need a photo ID to get on an airplane. You need a photo ID for practically everything. Democrats do not want minorities to have to have a photo ID. You had to have a photo ID to get near, and then in, the Democrat convention. But they don't want you to have to have one to vote. The only reason for that is so they can cheat. There can be no other reason. Now, they say that a lot of blacks in America are scared to death to go down and get a photo ID, because that means the government's then gonna start spying on 'em. And their experience with the government's not all that healthy, and they don't trust the government. I don't know why. The Democrats run it; they vote for Democrats. I don't know what the problem is.

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September 5, 2012


On delegate chants of “Four More Years” at the Democrat convention…

Forty-seven million on food stamps, and Rahm Emanuel actually said it --“Four more years!” -- and they started chanting that in the convention. And I said: "Right on, that's what we want to hear." Four more years of this? Forty-three consecutive months of unemployment over 8%, four more years? Sixteen trillion, national debt. Obama responsible for more than a third of that. Four more years. Twenty-three million Americans unemployed/underemployed. Four more years. Taxpayers pay for late-term abortions. That happened before you started watching. Four more years. A trillion dollars for a stimulus. Unemployment never gets under 8%, four more years. Not one Democrat ever voted for any Obama budget. Four more years. Take God out of the Democrat Party platform? Four more years. We didn't hear any of this. We didn't hear any credit-taking. We didn't. In fact, we didn't hear last night any plans for the future. All we heard was that Barack Obama is still the Messiah. The theme of that convention last night? "Barack Obama is still the Messiah!" You know what I found interesting about Michelle's speech? Her man has been president for four years and she felt it necessary to tell everybody who he is.

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August 31, 2012


On Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican convention, and Hollywood’s reaction to it…

The left -- and this is predictable. They're destroying Eastwood, and Hollywood types are destroying Eastwood. "Oh, Clint! What's happened to poor old Clint? Oh, he looks like he's got Alzheimer's. Oh, no. Did you see how old Clint was? He didn't even know where he was." They were dumping all over Eastwood, and you know why? Because they can't hit Romney, and they've gotta hit something. But Romney's speech doesn't have a whole lot hittable in it. Oh, they were sending out their e-mails last night. We're on their mailing lists. Every five or ten minutes, they were sending out e-mails asking for three bucks. The various Democratic fundraising organizations were asking for three bucks. "That Paul Ryan, he lied through his teeth and now Romney? He's lying through his teeth!" But that stuff is pro forma. The target that Eastwood's become... By the way, let me tell you something. Eastwood succeeded in getting under Obama's skin.

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August 29, 2012


On the campaign double-standard that obliges Republican candidates to continually soften their rhetoric against Democrats -- supposedly to avoid scaring away independent voters…

I want to know why these independents don't get turned off when Obama calls Romney a murderer and a felon. Why is it that the independents only get turned off when we're critical? And we're not even being 'critical' about Obama when we simply tell the truth!

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August 27, 2012


On Obama keeping his second-term agenda a secret…

He doesn't dare announce his second-term agenda. That's why he hasn't announced it. He doesn't dare. If this guy told us what his plans are for the second term, it would be sayonara. He didn't announce the first term agenda. Did he tell us any of this? Well, I take it back. He did warn the coal industry. They just didn't listen to him. Not in the campaign. In private meetings that were on videotape with the union guys, he told us what is gonna happen to health care. But he didn't as part of his campaign.

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August 24, 2012


On Obama’s campaign narrative in 2012…

He is not running around telling you how your life is gonna improve. He's not singing the song about the greatness and the resilience of America. He doesn't tell us how he's gonna keep us safe from foreign enemies. None of that. There's not one traditional thing in this guy's campaign. It's all rooted and oriented around you being scared to death of Romney and Ryan. And then, for color, they throw Biden in to go out and tell black people that Romney wants 'em back on slave camps and in chains.

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August 22, 2012


On Democrat party attempts to exploit the Todd Akin controversy…

The Democrats are gonna try to go to town on this Akin thing as much as they can. Their convention is gonna be the pro-abortion convention. They're gonna end up celebrating abortion at their convention. And, folks, let me tell you something. I don't want you to tell anybody. Let them do it. Let them turn over their convention to Planned Parenthood and to NARAL and every other Feminazi out there, you let them do it. Let them go right ahead and turn their convention into pro-abortion. If that's what they think is gonna win the election for them, if they really think this War on Women thing, that they can play it out, let them do it. ‘cause you and I know full well that their view on abortion is not the majority position in this country.

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August 17, 2012


Douglas Urbanski is guest-hosting for Rush today… On the attitude of the electorate toward Obama…

If you’ve ever known anyone who -- sadly -- got divorced in their life, and as they go through the torments of divorce, the hideous things that are involved, at some point, about 90% of the people going through that kind of a break-up get to the point where they say to their lawyer “You know what? I’m just done with her. Or him. I’m just done. I’m moving -- give her whatever she -- I’m just done.” I think all the negative campaigning, all the Obama speechifying, is falling on ears of a country that’s saying “You know what? Fine. I’m just done. Let’s move on. What’s the alternative?” Obama’s run out of ideas. Even Obama knows that the country is not better off today than you were four years ago. Even he must know that.

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August 15, 2012

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Mark Belling is guest-hosting for Rush today… On the hand-wringing of inside-the-beltway Republican election consultants over Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan for his VP…

I’m not going to say that every consultant is an idiot. They have these jobs for a reason, and some of them have pretty good track records. But what they’re really really good at doing is the same thing over and over again. What they aren’t very good at is actually seeing the future. I believe the Romney choice of Ryan enhances his chances of winning. I believe we are at a stage right now where you have millions of Americans who are more engaged than they have ever been. I believe this is going to work.

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August 8, 2012


On the 2012 Presidential election…

We are in the middle of a political terrorism campaign. This is political terrorism, what's going on. Romney is a felon. Romney is a tax cheat. Romney kills women with cancer. Romney founded Bain Capital with money from right-wing death squads in El Salvador. Romney wants to rob from the middle class and give to the rich. Even though he's the father of five, Romney wants to starve children, he wants to foul the water, poison the air, and he's the head of the E. coli club.

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August 13, 2012


On Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate…

I was praying that at some point this campaign becomes one of ideology, one of ideas, one of principles, not just policy analysis, not just Electoral College analysis, but principles and ideas. I think they work. I think they have the ability, properly articulated, to be persuasive. And we have perhaps the best Republican to do that in Paul Ryan. I think the pick signals that the decision was made somewhere that we're going to go head first up against. We're not gonna skirt it with a traditional campaign. We're gonna take it straight to them and we're gonna win or we're gonna lose articulating exactly who we are and exactly what we believe and exactly what our vision for America is.

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July 18, 2012


On the political pressure Mitt Romney faces from Democrats and some Republicans to release more of his tax returns…

I hope Romney is keeping track of who, on our side, is caving to Obama’s demands. I hope he understands it’s the Tea Party sticking by him, and not the establishment Republicans. I hope Romney understands that it’s the Tea Party and the conservative base that is supporting him on this tax return issue. That it’s the Republican establishment and their associated media allies which are trying to acquiesce to demands from the Obama campaign from the White House. This is not commonplace politics. This is not going to make the issue go away. All these guys want the issue to go away… They don’t understand that all it’ll do is amplify the tax issue, the wealth issue, and give Obama and Democrats hundreds of thousands of pages of stuff to lie about, to distort… how this is not understood is peculiar to me.

July 9, 2012


On what it will take for Mitt Romney to win the election…

Romney is gonna have to start treating Obama the same way he did Newt and Santorum, folks. He’s gonna have to do that… Romney has got to realize that running a campaign on traditional American values is not enough. Sad to say. That’s the hard, cold reality. Simply running around and telling people he’s gonna fix the economy – “What? What are you gonna do with the economy? Yeah we all know it stinks – what are you gonna do? What’s the plan?” … 59 points? Can you tell me three of them? You can’t. So don’t tell me there’s 59 points. He may as well have zero, you can’t tell me what any of ‘em are. Big whoop. It’s not enough to say you’re gonna repeal Obamacare. Because there’s no accompanying talk from Republicans in congress that have similar type energy. This has to be about Obama. This campaign has to be about Obama and Romney’ll have to look at Obama the way he tarred Newt and the way he tarred Santorum… But Obama’s not black, he’s not Martian, he’s not white. He’s the Destructor and he’s gotta be stopped! In order for the country to be the country Romney thinks it is. This guy, I don’t care what his race is. It’s all about policy. It’s all about a program of economic destruction that cannot be an accident.

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June 25, 2012


On the Obama Administration’s refusal to enforce federal immigration law…

If the President of the United States can choose to enforce or not enforce law(s) because he likes them or doesn’t like them – what about us? What if we disagree with the speeding law? What if we disagree with the driving while drinking law? What if we disagree with the drug laws? “Mr. President, I don’t like that law. I don’t like [a] law that says I can’t smoke all the marijuana I want! Screw you!” Well we know what would happen to us. We don’t have the ability to choose which laws we obey or not. Without consequence. He does. The only consequence for him is at the ballot box. It’s the only consequence he faces. And that’s once every four years.

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June 22, 2012


On news that Obama’s campaign is asking would-be donors to forego wedding and party gifts in favor of donations to reelect the President…

You’re getting married? You got a birthday? You’re supposed to tell your guests to donate to Obama instead of to you. It’s right here. Obama’s asking people who’re getting married to forego gifts for themselves and ask guests to give to him… yeah that’s the guy who’s calling other people greedy and selfish – exactly right. Now, Valerie Jarrett… her daughter got married not long ago. I wonder – did she forego gifts – Valerie Jarrett’s daughter? Did Obama ask Valerie Jarrett’s daughter to ask her wedding guests to send money to him? No way. You know it didn’t happen… How long is it going to be before Obama starts asking people to remember his campaign in their wills? Can’t you see it now? A web site – “If one of my death panels determines that your life is to end, please remember my reelection campaign in your will.” It’d be just as brazen as asking you to forget wedding gifts, and give them to him.

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June 15, 2012


On the Obama administration’s ongoing re-election strategies…

They’re just throwing everything up against the wall, hoping something’s gonna stick out there… First, war on churches. Second, create, as part of it, a phony Republican war on women. Then go after Mitt Romney, Bain Capital. Then come out for gay marriage. And now – don’t deport the young illegals, give ‘em work permits. What’s that gonna do to the unemployment number? Are we gonna count ‘em, looking for work, or not? If we don’t, the number won’t change. If we do, the number will go up. What’s it gonna do to those of you trying to get work, to learn that 800,000 new illegals are in the job market, who’ll work cheaper than you do? And what’s next, is home mortgages, and student loans. Those are the next two things that are gonna fall, throw it up against the– You watch!

June 11, 2012


On how out-of-touch Democrats are with the concerns of the voters…

The Democrat National Committee strategery, this week, is to attack Romney because he might cut government jobs – and they think this is a good tactic for their side? Even after the vote in Wisconsin? The Democrats think that it is a winning argument to say we need to expand government and hire more government workers? They are so on the wrong side of history it’s not even funny how they’re missing this! [The] Scott Walker recall was supported [sic] by people all over this country, including in Wisconsin obviously and it was, the message was clear and the Democrats are out warning: “That’s what Romney wants to do nation-wide” and they think that they are helping themselves?

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June 6, 2012


On Governor Scott Walker’s recall-election triumph in Wisconsin…

Now, putting partisan politics aside – which is impossible to do but, just for the moment, if you want to do it – shouldn’t all of us be celebrating this victory? Because in reality – strip away all the partisanship, strip away all of the reasons that there’s acrimony – doesn’t this victory last night, by Scott Walker – doesn’t it mean that states all over the country now have another choice when it comes to dealing with fiscal emergencies? They don’t have to raise taxes. States do not have to lay off people. They don’t have to go bankrupt. The federal tax payer does not have to bail out these states. There’s now another choice. The states can trim a little fat from their public sector union contracts, which is always their biggest expense. Isn’t that good news? There is a way here, that’s been lighted. This ought to be, in the real world, where we’re in fiscal troubles, serious fiscal trouble – here is a state, which has shown a way out of it.

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June 4, 2012


On Obama missing John McCain as an election opponent…

So here’s Obama, in a tough fight with Romney, longing for McCain. Now what does that tell you? He wants a guaranteed loser. He wants a Republican that’s gonna compromise his core beliefs and agree with Obama. He wants somebody who’s gonna cave. And he’s unhappy Romney is not caving.

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June 1, 2012


On the dysfunctional state of the U.S. economy…

The real question is, how does this get fixed? And it’s becoming apparent -- has been apparent to me all along, it’s becoming apparent to more and more people by the day -- that it isn’t going to get fixed with Obama in the White House. It just isn’t going to get fixed. If you think it’s bad now, just wait ’til the remaining 60% of his agenda gets implemented. Remember, health care was timed to be fully implemented [in] 2014. Long after Obama’s theoretical final election, which is this year, 2012. It starts the full implementation schedule in January of this year with massive tax increases -- personal income tax increases, capital gains tax increases. Meanwhile, a shrunken U.S. private sector will continue to shrink as Obama will hijack it. Obama’s already-passed legislation will begin to take even more out of the private sector. When you raise taxes, when you increase regulations, you take money out of the private sector. And more of that is on tap. This is as good as it gets, with Obama.

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May 23, 2012


On media explanations for the political weakness shown by President Obama in Democrat primary elections…

Now [political reporter Chris] Cilliza and the Washington Post [are] basically saying that Obama’s losing in Arkansas, West Virginia [and] Kentucky because of racism. The voters there are just racist. These are Democrat voters now. Democrat voters, this is a Democrat primary. Democrat racists. Don’t like Obama. They argue that conservative white Democrats, particularly those in the South and Appalachia, don’t want to vote for an African-American for President. And therefore are willing to cast a ballot for almost anyone else, up to and including an incarcerated felon. They voted for Obama last time. They’ve become racist after Obama got in the White House.

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May 11, 2012


On media reports that Mitt Romney was a bully in high school in the 60s…

This is what I know. Mitt Romney was not at Chappaquiddick. Mitt Romney has not been accused of rape. Mitt Romney did not have an affair with a mob babe, he didn’t have an affair with an actress who committed suicide later on. Mitt Romney did not father a child out of wedlock. Mitt Romney did not support the tapping of Martin Luther King’s phone. Mitt Romney was never a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Mitt Romney did not lie about his law school grades. Chappaquiddick is Ted Kennedy. Accused of rape is Bill Clinton. Affair with a mob babe, and an actress – John Kennedy. Didn’t father a child out of wedlock – that’s John Edwards and Democrats too numerous to mention. Didn’t support the tapping of Martin Luther King’s phone – that’s Robert Kennedy. Never a member of the Ku Klux Klan – that’s Robert Byrd. Didn’t lie about his law school grades – that’s Joe Biden. All Democrats – and all of those Democrats did those things well after high school. And Obama even wrote in his book – “Dreams From My Father” – how he bullied a young girl. And he hasn’t even apologized.

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May 9, 2012


On the health of the Tea Party and the rising conservative political tide in 2012…

The Tea Party’s not dead – 2010 was a warm-up. The Tea Party’s moved on from a protest movement to an active, vibrant grass-roots movement that knows how to nominate the right people and then get them elected, and that is sending shivers of fear down the spines of professional Democrats, their consultants, elected officials, and people in the media. Democrats are voting against President Obama. Democrats are distancing themselves from failure. The cult of personality, the cult of celebrity, that this White House has attempted to mine, has been overwhelmed by the sting of reality. People’s homes having no value. People’s jobs paying nothing. People not being able to get jobs, no economic growth, moratoriums on drilling for oil, roadblocks on pipelines that would bring oil, which would cheapen energy prices. Attacks on conventional energy sources. The American people want no part of it.

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April 13, 2012


On the outrage of Democrats over Hilary Rosen’s shot at Ann Romney that she’s “never worked a day in her life”…

That’s exactly what they wanted to (do) – they wanted that shot out there. They wanted her to say that, they wanted that out there, they wanted people thinking about Ann Romney that way, and they’ll take the heat. Because they personally got out of it. And it’s okay, they’ll throw Hilary under the bus – but there’s a wink and a nod because they’re not really throwing her under the bus. She’s one of ‘em. She’s in the tribe. They’re not getting rid of her. She’s gonna be intimately involved in Obama’s re-elect. All of this, throwing her under the bus, is strictly for show.

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April 6, 2012


On the concerns of women in 2012 in the United States…

I don't think women are losing sleep over who gets into Augusta National. I don’t think women are losing sleep over where their next birth control pill is gonna come from. And I actually don’t think women who want abortions are losing sleep (over) whether or not they’re gonna be able to get one. I don’t think they feel threatened that way. And I don’t think most women are comforted by the fact that Obama is having a woman’s forum today in the White House. I don’t think most women give a hoot. Because I don’t think most women think it’s gonna matter to them. What I think most women care about is their children. And their future. As well as their present. What kind of a mess is their school? What is the country going to be like when their kids grow up and get out of school? What are their kids going to know when they get out of school? Are they going to be properly educated? This is what I think women care about.

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March 21, 2012


On the differing motivations within the Republican party for defeating President Obama in 2012…

We don’t hate Obama – we despise what he’s doing to the country. And yeah, it does require a massive turn-around. And it does require a massive repudiation of his policies. The American people have to know how destructive and bad they are and have been. And by the way, I’m in that group and I make no apology for it… This is a teachable moment. And it’s the most important teachable moment for the people in this country that we’ve had in my lifetime. But this is one of the problems that people on my side have with Romney. They don’t think Romney or the Republican establishment cares that much about repudiating Obama – they just want to beat him. They want back in control, they want to be in charge of the spending, they want the committee chairmanships. We don’t want to win for that reason. We don’t want to win so we can run government – we want to win so we can get rid of people who are trying to destroy it, as founded. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

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March 9, 2012


On what the most important campaign issue in the 2012 election is…

Playing golf, almost exactly three, four years ago, and a guy from South Carolina – was a Democrat I was meeting him for the second time – I couldn’t understand, this guy’s – it made no sense to me intellectually, he’s a Democrat – and he kept raggin’ on George W. Bush, kept making fun of Bush, trying to provoke me. And I finally said, “What is it with you and Bush? Can we get serious for a minute? What is your problem?” And he looked at me and said “It can’t get any worse, Rush.” And I looked at him and I just shook my head and I said, “It most certainly can! And it’s going to!” Now – it is much worse. It’s ten times as worse… as it was four, five years ago, when this guy told me, “It can’t get any worse.” And by the way when this guy told me the economy had not really started its downward plunge, he was just reacting to Iraq, and the fact that everybody thought we had a stupid President, was embarrassed at Bush’s lack of intelligence and the media was trying to tell everybody that the economy was in the tank but it wasn’t, yet… my point to you is, 75% of the American people in Super Tuesday exit polls said the number one, two, and three things that mattered to them are the economy… they don’t want four more years of this, and it won’t matter who the Republican nominee is to ‘em, because they’re going to be voting against Obama, first and foremost.

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March 2, 2012


On the pessimism in the Republican establishment about denying Obama a second term…

As a practical matter, it helps to have a fight over the Presidency to ensure victories in the House and Senate – how are these House and Senate victories gonna happen if attitudinally you think you’ve lost the Presidential race? What is the campaign – what would the consultants say – the way to win the Senate is to go out and say to the American [people] – “Look we know, that we’re not going to beat Obama, and therefore, we still have to find a way to stop him. And that’s what we need you for. We need you, and your money and your votes to vote for your Republican Senate candidate and your House candidate.” Is that the campaign? Well obviously not – even if somewhere in the bowels of the RNC they actually decide to proceed on the assumption that Obama can’t be beat. They obviously will not say so publicly but the fact that they believe it will have to have some impact attitudinally on the campaign. Do they have a meeting with Romney or Santorum – whoever gets the nomination – “By the way, we really know you can’t win this – and we’re going to be behind you! We’re gonna fight for you… but we really need your help here in shoring up the House and maybe winning the Senate.” Now how does that happen? How do you run a Presidential campaign when your head you have conceded, while at the same time campaigning to win the Senate and hold the House? Maybe there are expert consultants who can tell me this.

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February 24, 2012


On the elite media’s double standard in hazing Republican candidates on their supposedly radical views on contraception in 2012, but not asking candidate Obama in 2008 about his sponsoring of legislation which allowed the killing of babies who survived attempted abortions

The woman’s decision is to abort. So, they do the procedure. Something goes wrong – imagine that – and the baby’s born alive. The legislation brings in another doctor to finish the job so as not to burden the woman with an unwanted child. And to take the original doctor off the hook and not have him undergoing a guilt trip. And that’s what the legislation was, and that’s what Newt Gingrich was talking about. And he was saying, how come nobody – you know, talk about extremism? – nobody asked Obama that. In 2008. So they [the media] immediately start doing a fact-check to find out if indeed Obama was asked about it and they say “Well, of course he was. He was asked about partial-birth abortion all the time.” This is not partial-birth abortion. This is botched abortion.

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February 22, 2012


On the liberal double standard as it applies to the religious beliefs of politicians…

Isn’t Rick Santorum being attacked for having and expressing Catholic beliefs? I mean who is the better Catholic example – Ted Kennedy or Rick Santorum? And who has been lionized by our media? And who is being castigated, laughed at, made fun of, and destroyed, or an attempt to destroy is being made. It’d be Santorum. Aren’t we constantly told that we must always respect people for their religious beliefs? Or does that only apply to Democrats and Muslims? … Christian beliefs – “We’re going to come down hard on you if you express yours.” Nobody ever attacks Obama for his religious beliefs when he trots ‘em out for political purposes.

February 17, 2012


On the economic damage inflicted by President Obama on the country – and Obama’s refusal to accept responsibility for any of it…

Everything that George W. Bush proposed in terms of spending Barack Obama voted for. Obama voted for every thing that came before him – every spending increase, as a Senator, he voted for it. There were 14.3 million fewer Americans on food stamps than there are today. The record of economic damage and destruction in this country is owing to one man: Barack Obama. Are we ever, ever, going to hear that anything is Obama’s fault? In fact, what are we hearing? In fact all of this is the Republican congress’s fault. Obama’s running against a do-nothing congress. He just submits a budget – a bankrupting budget, that is indefensible – it’s a campaign document, that’s why it can’t be defended.

February 13, 2012


On the difference between Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns…

Going back to 2008, the presidential campaign, remember how Obama portrayed himself, remember how he was portrayed by the media. Messianic. We had never before seen a politician like this. Someone who told the truth. Someone who was capable of uniting all the people, all the various divisions in the country. Somebody who was going to restore respect for America around the world. Somebody who was going to get rid of all of the traditional harangues that take place in our political culture. Of course what’s happened is we have the most divisive president in our lifetimes, the most partisan president in our lifetimes, and we have a President who couldn’t tell the truth about the budget and spending to save his life. And so it’s important to go back and listen to him promise all of these things about budgets and spending because he’s running a campaign this year that is the equivalent of him saying “I’ve not been in the White House yet. Nothing that’s happened, taken place, have I had anything to do with.” He’s running a campaign, in a sense it’s going to replicate what his 2008 campaign was. The last three years happened, but he had nothing to do with it. That’s going to be his approach.

February 1, 2012


On statements made by Mitt Romney which are likely to be taken out of context by the media…

Okay. “I like firing people.” “I’m not concerned about the very poor.” Both of them – if they’re standalones, and taken out of context – are big problems. And they indicate a problem. Taken in context – which isn’t going to happen, with the drive-by media – taken in context, it’s understandable. But I even have a problem with this in context. “I’m not worried about the poor – we got a safety [net].” The safety net is one of the biggest cultural problems we’ve got. We had better be worried about it, just like we had better get angry over Obamacare. Obamacare is worth getting mad about. Mitt said that it wasn’t. This business – “I’m not worried about the very poor, we got a safety net there.” Right. The safety net is contributing to the destruction of their humanity and their futures.


January 30, 2012


On complaints about negative campaigning in the Florida Republican primary…

I am getting tired of the whining about negative campaigning. I’m getting tired of the whining from everybody… What in the world is politics? What is it, if not this? Saying something to the Gingrich people here. Newt … Newt is really caught up in this notion that Romney is saying things about him that aren’t true. I’m telling you, I’m having a tough time relating to being upset about that as someone who is routinely lied about every day and has been for 25 years. It comes with the territory.

January 27, 2012


On the debate clash last night between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum over Obamacare…

Mitt Romney, in the debate last night, said “All of this talk about health care is not worth getting angry about.” And yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is. It is worth getting angry about, it is worth being angry about, and it’s worth staying angry about… Santorum said “We can’t afford to give away this issue.” We can’t afford for the issue of Obamacare to be subordinated to anything else that’s being discussed up there.

January 23, 2012


On the dissatisfaction of the Republican Establishment with the field of contenders...

They are secretly trying to get Mitch Daniels back in the race. There are entreaties being made to Bobby Jindal to get in the race. They are panicked. They are scared to death they’re going to lose the House and not win the Senate and I told you on November 10th, that’s their primary concern. That’s why they were apoplectic at Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle getting Tea Party nominations. It’s about the Senate. It’s about being in charge of the money. It’s not about cutting spending. The Republican establishment is not … signed on to the cutting spending business… they don’t like conservatives, and they’re not really all that concerned about spending. They want to be in charge of it. That’s who they are. And they are not going to be in charge of it if they don’t hold the House and if they don’t pick up the Senate. And that’s what they really want. They’re not and never have been convinced that Obama can be beat.

January 20, 2012


On Newt Gingrich’s castigation of journalist John King at last night’s South Carolina debate, after King led off the debate with a question to Gingrich about revelations made by his ex-wife in a televised interview…

You cannot shame the mainstream media. If any of you are thinking that the media learned a lesson – if any of you believe that the media finally had it handed to ‘em – if you believe that the media had their eyes opened and they are fully awake now and they understand what they’re dealing with – forget it. John King is proud of what happened last night. John King is a hero in the mainstream media. Because he didn’t back down. Because he continued to illustrate how it is that the media does really control the agenda. That was a demonstration of the power they hold over every public figure’s head that they choose to hold a guillotine… it’s a badge of honor. If you are thinking that John King was embarrassed, and ran away with his tail tucked between his legs and learned his lesson and it’ll never happen again – uh-uh-uh-uhhh. You cannot shame the mainstream media. They are proud of this. They delight in their power to destroy candidates they don’t like. They revel in the fact that they can keep so many conservatives from even thinking about getting into politics.

January 11, 2012


On the party establishment’s cold feet now that Mitt Romney seems to be locking up the Republican presidential nomination…

Here in the establishment there are now qualms. Up until today, they’ve been telling us we only have a chance with Romney. The only way we can win. The only guy who can win is Romney. Today – “Well, that’s if all the Republicans show up – that may not happen.” When did that realization hit? … I’m telling you – the establishment’s now saying “Wait a minute, what have we done?” … Sorry, I’m not trying to stir anything up here, but this has been the model candidate. This is the guy they’ve all been pushing. Now all of a sudden… What does this mean? Why are they saying this? I’ll tell you what it is. One word, that explains this. It’s passion. There just doesn’t seem to be any.

January 6, 2012


On which Republican candidate Obama would prefer to run against…

You think they don’t want to run against Romney? So you’ve got Romney advisors that were hijacked to help put together Obamacare, and now you’ve got Obama who’s about to institute a mortgage-refinance plan that is the idea of a Romney advisor. And yet we’re being told – “They’re scared to run against Romney, they really don’t want to run against Romney.” I don’t see it that way.

January 4, 2012


On the Republican primary race after the Iowa caucus (in which Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum tied for first place)…

Perry said last night he was going to head back to Texas for prayer, and reflection, to figure out what he should do next. Because he spent a lot of money in Iowa, and it didn’t translate to votes. And the theory is that if money didn’t translate to votes in Iowa, then it may not translate to votes anywhere else. And is it worth going into debt. Does he have a high enough base here to pull off what now would be a miracle. I hope he stays in. ‘cause I told you I like Perry. And I like Santorum. And I told you countless times I know, either one of those guys, and I said this about Bachmann as well – if any of them are elected President, I know, I have no doubt whatsoever, they are gonna be fighting for this country each and every day. No doubt whatsoever.

December 9, 2011


On the possibility that a Republican presidential contender might try to run as an independent…

I think Ron Paul would do it. And if Ron Paul does it… we know that anybody, after this nomination process is over, is ticked off enough and goes third party – that’s it. You split the Republican vote. No third party candidate’s gonna win. No third-party candidate is gonna win beans in this election. All the third-party candidate is going to do is secure victory for Obama. And if that happens, if somebody on our side goes third-party, far as I’m concerned that’s what they’re trying to make happen. Re-elect Obama. For whatever reason. Anger at the electorate, at the Republican side for not nominating them, anger at other people for what happened to ‘em or what was said during the campaign, whatever… I think it’s one of the reasons the GOP is afraid to get tough and tell Ron Paul, “Look, you’re not polling anywhere, get out of this debate, you don’t belong here.” They’re not gonna tell him that… They don’t want to upset anybody and have ‘em go third-party.

December 5, 2011


On the willingness of Republican candidates to let their campaign debates be hijacked by supposed entrepreneurial charlatans like Donald Trump…

Well the alternative view is – When are you Republicans gonna stand up and stop letting all these liberal media outfits moderate your debate? When are you Republican candidates gonna stand up and finally assert that the media is not gonna pick which one of you wins this nomination? Ergo, what’s so bad about Trump moderating a debate? Or about me, or about anybody else? Why must these debates be moderated by the Wolf Blitzers, and the MSNBCs of the world? For them to have any credibility? Why must these Republican debates be moderated by people who have one objective, and that’s to see to it that whoever wins this nomination loses? Let me put it a better way. Why should these Republican candidates repeatedly subject themselves to debates moderated by people whose only objective is to see Obama win? That’s my take on this.

November 25, 2011


[Rebroadcast material]… On why President Obama would ask the Supreme Court for an expedited ruling on Obamacare…

We’ve mentioned a couple possibilities as to why the regime has asked for a quick review and decision from the Supreme Court on Obamacare. And I want to throw out another possibility. Given where Obama is in the polls – and folks, it is much worse than the state-controlled media polls indicate – I think it’s disastrous. Simple logic would tell us, it’s disastrous. We are on the verge of a depression. The idea that the incumbent President has a chance to be reelected is absurd, in those circumstances. Yet the media narrative each day is of course just the opposite because Obama’s their guy… So they ask for a quick review of Obamacare. One of two ways to look at it. They’re either very confident they’re going to win this thing, or – or – given who Obama is, a community organizer who loves agitating people, and who is probably very connected, if not personally, his regime, to these Wall Street protests, and he’s … egging them on, and so is Biden. They’re egging these people on. So there’s a part of me that says Obama would love the court declaring Obamacare unconstitutional. I think Obama loves playing a victim. I think he would love to take that to the bank and say, “See what they’re doing to your free healthcare?”

November 28, 2011


On a New York Times article which outlines the Obama Administration’s new reelection campaign strategy…

The Democrat party… is going after the entitlement class, the welfare-dependent class, and the elite, in academia, art, human resource management, lawyers, library and social workers and so forth – what a coalition! The backbone of America! And that’s who they’re going after. They are ceding it! … The New York Times is admitting that the Democrat party, the Obama coalition is saying, “If you work, we don’t want you… If you work, we know you don’t want us. If you work, you’re the targets. If you work, you are the people we are gunning for. If you work, we are coming after you to make sure the other elements of our constituency are able to eat.” That’s what the Obama coalition is saying.

November 18, 2011


On the Republican presidential nomination process…

Despite what anybody tells you, we do not know who the nominee will be. But we do know what he or she should be saying… in order to secure the nomination. And that is, Barack Obama is the problem, not fellow Republicans. The problem is Barack Obama. The problem is the Democrat party. The problem is the American left. America’s greatness is not behind us. America’s greatness is there, it’s on the horizon. Our nominee must say “We will be great again,” and the first step in the process is getting rid of Barack Obama and the Democrat party. And moving them out of the way. Whichever of these people seeking the nomination makes that case – the most consistently and the most believably, and the most sincerely; not as a phony sales-type presentation, but genuinely means it – that’s who’s gonna get this nomination, in the end. And it is still up for grabs.

November 9, 2011


On the steady drip-drip-drip of sexual abuse allegations against Herman Cain in the media…

They’re not going to stop. They are going to not stop this until they see erosion, sufficient, in his numbers, for them to say they’ve succeeded. Just like they didn’t stop with Sarah Palin. They didn’t stop. They didn’t stop until she said she’s not running. And now, do you ever hear about her? You hear about her any more? Not at all. And it’ll be the same thing with Cain… And I guarantee you, Newt is gonna be the next one targeted. If he keeps this slow creep back up, he’s going to be the next one targeted. This is how the left works. And then the same losers on our side will start piling on, saying “Newt’s got some explaining to do there.” It’s the most amazing thing to me. Political enemies go out and level charges against people on our side, some people on our side [say] “Yeah, yeah, you may have something there.”

October 28, 2011


On Michelle Obama's campaign claims against Republicans…

This is what you get, when you can't run on your husband's economic record. This is what happens when you can't run on your husband's achievements, because there aren't any. This is what you get – Republicans want dirty air; Republicans want dirty water; Republicans want fewer people alive; and now, Republicans don't want you to be able to speak, and the Republicans don't want you to be able to practice your religion – this is what they have. This is what they're worth. This is all they've got. They are morally bankrupt. This is how they have to go out and raise funds. There is nothing – not one syllable – from either Barack Obama or Michelle Obama or anybody in this campaign, that's inspiring, or uplifting. They are happily presiding over, and managing a country in decline. And the only ammunition in their arsenal is these never-ending lies about (how) the Republicans want poisoned air and water, dirty air and water, nobody able to speak. It's breath-taking to listen to this, to listen to absolutely how morally vacant they are.

October 19, 2011


Mark Steyn is filling in for Rush today … On Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax proposal…

I’m wary about a national sales tax or a national value-added tax… once you give a new tax, introduce a new tax – they always say, with taxes, “Okay, we’ve got Tax A, and it’s 40%, so if we introduce Tax B, it’ll enable Tax A to come down to 20% and Tax B will be introduced at 5% and will never go higher.” And then the next thing you know, once they’ve got two taxes they can raise, oddly enough, both of them manage to go up… You can’t bind government, now and forever into the future, so Herman Cain can talk about his 9% VAT rate, but if he were to introduce that tax, you can bet it wouldn’t stay at 9% for long, and it would start to go up pretty quickly. But Herman Cain is right to attack the tax code in this country. Because it is disgusting. It’s absolutely disgraceful in a free society that people on relatively low salaries need professional help in order to complete their taxes.

October 12, 2011


On Rick Perry’s performance on last night’s Republican presidential debate…

Rick Perry managed to make himself disappear last night, like he was an A-List magician in Las Vegas, in the debate. I don’t know if he is finished after last night, but … I like his basic message. I like Perry’s basic message. But I don’t know that he knows yet how to run for President, run for the office of President… he was just too passive, last night, and I know maybe the thinking is “Let’s be calm and cool, collected, and exude an aura of confidence, an aura of ‘I belong here’.” But there needs to be some energy. Perry needed to dominate last night. Somebody needed to hit Mitt Romney in the back with his advisors show up at the White House on three different occasions to advise Obama’s people on implementing Obamacare. I thought it’d be a natural for Perry to do that. Or for Newt. Or any of them. Herman Cain. It did not happen. He needed to dominate and he didn’t dominate last night.

October 10, 2011


Mark Davis is filling in for Rush today… On President Obama’s re-election prospects…

I’m not gonna sit here in October of ’11 and tell you that it’s a definite 10-point Republican win in 2012. But, that having been said, right now, this President – who did us the favor, did us the favor of telling us what he was going to do, and then did it – I have to tell you, you can blister President Obama for a lot of things, but the usual politician thing of campaigning one way and governing another? That’s the problem with this guy. He’s governing exactly as he campaigned. His ideas were bad in the campaign, and they’re horrible in actual practice. And there are tons of voters – independent voters – who gave him the Presidency, who now have an enormous case of buyer’s remorse. These voters are there, to be lured, back into the Republican camp. And it seems that every day of actual Obama governance makes that job a little easier. But we can never be lazy. We can never be overconfident. We’ve gotta put up a good candidate, an upbeat unapologetic conservative, who can take it to this President on a debate stage and return him to private life.

September 28, 2011


On liberal media doyen Tina Brown’s criticism of Obama as being “unready” for the Presidency…

In Obama’s defense, let me say something here. Ms. Brown, how dare you attack Obama, he’s given you everything you want. He’s destroyed the private sector. He has upped federal spending, he’s got this country in debt three generations full. I mean for crying out loud Ms. Brown there are sperm cells in infants who have already seen all of their lifetime income taxed, spent. And they haven’t even met the egg that’s gonna fertilize the baby that’s gonna pay all those taxes. The sperm cells have been – for three generations out. All their income has already been spent and taxed. You got your healthcare bill. You got Obama owning a couple of car companies. I think you people on the left oughta be ashamed of yourselves. This guy has done exactly what you wanted! You know why they’re mad? You know why they’re mad? The polls! They’re mad because of the polls. They’re mad because the American people don’t like all this. They are mad because what’s happened is they have been made to realize that they are in the minority. They are made to realize that while in New York and Washington they may rule the roost, and they may think they’re the cat’s meow, they may think that they run the show, but nation-wide they are a distinct minority and this country doesn’t want any part of what they believe or have to offer.

September 26, 2011


On Obama’s election strategies in 2008 and 2012.

He was going to unify everybody. He was going to bring black and white and brown and red and green, alien, UFO – all of it – we’re gonna come together. We’re going to be at one with our country, at one with nature. The world will once again love us. Everybody’s going to get along. Politics, as it had always been practiced and known would end. There would be no disagreements. There would be no partisanship. Nothing, but love. Nothing, but agreement. For the good of all who walk and breathe, including the animals. And of course it’s just the exact opposite. We’ve got, not a unifier, we’ve got a man who in truth came to divide. And who has succeeded in his quest to divide. And so now, in order to win reelection, Obama has to segregate the voting public.

September 14, 2011


On Republican Bob Turner’s victory in the NY-9 special election…

Look at all the conventional wisdom here that has to be thrown out, and I want to make a contrast of something. After Obama’s speech last Thursday – the joint session of Congress speech, the campaign speech, where he announced his $457 billion in new tax increases – what did Boehner do? Boehner put out a Press Release immediately. And featured prominently in the Press Release was Boehner assuring everybody how eager the Republicans were to work with Obama on this. Now, Bob Turner, not one time, in a New York district that has been Democrat for 90 years, not one time did Bob Turner say, “I am eager to go to Washington to work with President Obama.” What Bob Turner said was “Send me to Washington to stop this. Send me to Washington to roll this back.”

August 26, 2011


Mark Davis is sitting in for Rush today… On the electability of Barack Obama…

Are we really going to be able to beat this guy? And, looking at things right now, one would say, sure. But we cannot be over-confident… it’s like having a 17-10 lead midway through the second quarter of a football game. You have no idea how the third and fourth quarters are gonna go… I don’t think President Obama is gonna do anything that makes everybody love him 20x more. I would have a hard time wondering what the October Surprise would be that would make everybody think “Wow this has been a great presidency!" So the only thing that maybe occurs to me is something either economic or militarily that makes us not want to change presidents. It’s kind of funny, I would never predict this, you never can tell, but when people sit around in bars and think about what could happen, like bombing an Iranian nuclear facility sometime around Halloween. If he does that I will flat out tell you he probably wins. Will he do that? [Laughs] One expects not… It appears that the only thing he really wants to do with Ahmadinejad is have him over for mint tea.

August 17, 2011


On Barack Obama’s re-electability in 2012

We’ve got people on our side who think this guy is still invincible. And they think largely he’s invincible because he’s Obama… they’re still in awe of what Obama was, that imagery. But also the power of the presidency and this reported one billion dollars that he’s going to have to wage his campaign. But it’s patently obvious to you and me – you get somebody with a proud and cheerful and confidently articulated conservative message and agenda, and this guy is landslidable. He’s landslidable today… if the election were held today he’d lose in a landslide, and what’s gonna change? I know it’s politics, and things that no-one can predict can happen in a long period of time.

July 29, 2011


On the latest iteration of the debt ceiling negotiations…

Boehner 3.0 basically does this: Would pave the way for the debt limit to be raised, through the 2012 election, in two chunks. But it would mandate that the second increase of the debt ceiling could only occur after a balanced budget amendment passed both chambers of congress and went to the states for ratification. That’s the big difference in Boehner 3.0. Now before we get into the specifics of all of this, I want to say something to all of you conservatives out there. I want to tell you, how damn proud of you I am. Because you made this happen. The conservative intelligentsia, the conservative so-called “media”, inside the Beltway, would’ve accepted anything.

July 18, 2011


Mark Steyn is filling in for Rush today… On economic signs of the times under the Obama Administration

Sales of ovens and stoves are at their lowest in twenty years. So if you want to stick your head in the oven and light the gas because you can’t stand the way the economy’s going, you won’t even be able to do it in a new oven… And while we’re giving out all these numbers, here’s my favorite number of the day. It’s an absolutely ingenious statistical comparison from Mark Tapscott in the Washington Examiner. According to Jim Messina, his campaign manager, through the second quarter of 2011, President Obama now has 552,000 contributors to his 2012 reelection campaign. The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that during the same two quarters the US economy generated 260,000 jobs. In other words, Obama attracted twice as many campaign donors as his economic policies created new jobs.

July 11, 2011


On the importance of House Speaker Boehner holding firm in debt-limit negotiations with Obama.

If Boehner holds firm, it’ll be Obama and his re-election team that gets choked up and starts crying, not Boehner. If he holds firm. Right now John Boehner is more than just the Speaker of the House and a negotiator in the debt ceiling deal. Right now, as far as Obama’s concerned, John Boehner is the life-line to Obama’s political future. Oh yeah. If Obama can get Boehner to cave – you look at it that way... and Obama’s out there saying, “If they don’t budge, there’s no deal." Fine! If there’s no deal, then we start cutting. The law of the land right now is the current debt ceiling. That’s the law of the land. If we don’t do anything and write a new law, guess who’s gonna be in violation of it if they don’t abide by it? Obama and the Democrats, not us. Right now, Obama looks at Boehner and sees his route to re-election. By getting Boehner to cave. That’s a lot of pressure to be under. For Boehner. But that’s the way Obama has set this up.

June 29, 2011


On the political necessity of removing President Obama and the Democrats from power.

We must replace Barack Obama with a conservative Republican President. We must have as many conservative Republicans in congress, House and Senate, as we can. The way you increase jobs and growth and opportunity and wealth is through capitalism. We’ve just been through 29 months of Socialism. It’s miserable. It’s depressing. It’s stifling. It destroys the national mood. We need to contain the government. As long as Obama’s in the Oval Office – or on the golf course, or in some diner eating greasy hamburgers, or in charge of the Executive Branch – as long as his party controls any part of Congress – this nation can not recover. We do not have a chance... this country does not have a chance. With Barack Obama remaining in the Oval Office.

June 27, 2011


On the rules of engagement for Republican presidential candidates.

Let’s just stipulate that all Republicans who are running are gonna be asked “Why do you hate Obama’s guts? Why do you think the President is such a dreadful, horrible, America-hating slob?" They may not phrase it exactly that way, but that’s the tone, and every Republican candidate will have to reveal a certain amount of graciousness by saying “I think the President’s a lovely person, delightful father, good husband, I’m sure he loves America too – but here’s why I think every idea in his head is wrong, and here’s why I think we can’t take another four years of him..." ... on you go, down to what you really need to say for your campaign. And I want every Republican candidate to be. That. Gracious. Being ungracious? That’s a liberal thing. Bush is Hitler? That’s a leftist thing. Okay? I want to be gracious. I want to be civil. And then I want to wholeheartedly, and aggressively, go after an agenda that is flat-out dangerous to America. I don’t for one minute think that those are mutually exclusive.

May 9, 2011


On Obama's poor re-election prospects for 2012.

Nobody voted for this. Nobody wants this. Nobody wants a declining United States. Nobody wants a declining U.S. economy. Nobody wants rising food prices. Nobody wants rising gasoline prices. Nobody wants the price of their home to be worth less than their mortgage. Why would we re-elect the guy who did it all?

May 16, 2011


On who President Obama would prefer to run against in 2012.

The last thing Obama wants is to run against a real conservative. Obama hopes to hell he gets a squishy, moderate, middle-of-the-road McCain type. He wants somebody who is afraid to occupy conservative positions. He wants a Republican who has been convinced that that is the wrong way to go... I'm telling you they will do anything to keep a demonstrable, genuine conservative from getting the Republican nomination, because they know that they will lose and lose big.

May 23, 2011


On the supposedly weak field of Republican contenders for the Presidential nomination.

The rest of the field is said to be weak... that's starting to offend me too, as though the Democrat field in 2008 – Hilary and Obama and John Edwards – was the epitome of a great field?

May 27, 2011


On Obama's political vulnerability in 2012.

What a political target. There's nobody that wants more unemployment. There's nobody that wants higher taxes. There's nobody that wants more of the same in the housing market. Is there? There's nobody that wants higher gasoline prices, there's nobody [that] wants what's happening with higher food prices to continue... there's nobody that wants more of what Obama's policies have led to, is there?

June 24, 2011


On the primary obstacle between Herman Cain and the Presidency.

Herman Cain probably represents everything the news media says does not exist. Herman Cain is articulate, he is very – highly – successful. He is a conservative Republican who is black, and that is what they tell you doesn't exist. And that is a primary problem that Herman Cain has. You identify yourself as a black conservative, and you may as well be admitting that you're a whore, or a prostitute, an Uncle Tom, you've been bought off... you aren't real. It's not possible for a black person to be conservative. The way the media and the left look at this country, a black person who is conservative is a black person who would agree with the whole notion of slavery and would want to be a slave owner.

June 8, 2011


On a Sarah Palin presidential candidacy.

Now for all of the stated Republican opposition to Sarah Palin, if she gets in the race – and you heard it here first, and don’t doubt me – she is going to end up being the one to beat.

June 22, 2011


On Democrat party plans to accuse Republicans of intentionally inflicting economic harm on the country to improve their electoral chances in 2012.

Obama and the Democrats: You own this, kids! You have done this. Your fingerprints are all over it. The unemployment. The home foreclosures. The stock market. The coming inflation. The massive deficits. The subprime mortgage business. The fact that peoples' homes are underwater. You did this, there is no question you did it, and you are going to pay a huge political price for it in November of 2012. You can try and blame this on the Republicans all you want. In the process you are indicting yourselves…

April 4, 2012


On the President’s speech to newspaper editors claiming that Paul Ryan’s budget will result in starving children, dirty water, etc. etc.

He is appealing to the absolute most ignorant segment (of) our population with this and with what he’s doing to the Supreme Court. And the decision upcoming on his health care bill. It is clear what he is doing. And it’s clear what he thinks of this country. His re-election hinges on him being able to mobilize the ignorant, the shallow, the uninformed, the uneducated, the dumb, and the stupid. That is who he’s appealing to. Now how many of you think that there are a lot of those people in this country. Are there enough of them to win somebody the White House?

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