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A Preview of the GOP Debate

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RUSH: Harlingen, Texas, this is Regan. Regan, you're next. Great to have you with us. Hi.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. My name is Reagan, like the president.

RUSH: Oh, I'm sorry.

CALLER: Yes. Home-school fighting Texas Aggie dittos. This whole thing with the in-state tuition for illegals has been mischaracterized. The bill states that in order to get in-state tuition, you have to have first applied for citizenship; and that's in there because the United States Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional to deny public education to illegal aliens.

RUSH: Mmm-hmm. That's right.

CALLER: And it was passed by over two-thirds of the Texas legislature, which is what it takes to overturn a governor's veto. So if Rick Perry had vetoed it, it would have just been overturned again.

RUSH: Well, he's still catching heck for it because he's leading in the polls, and his lead is widening; and in fact, Reagan, I don't know if you've seen this -- it's kind of meaningless right now and I forget what it is. I didn't bother printing it out because it's a poll and it's 14 months away, but Obama's only four points ahead of Perry in a prospective presidential race; five points ahead of Palin. So Perry, having announced and as an actual candidate is a target. Did you notice, by the way, Reagan, did you know there were two executions in America yesterday?

CALLER: No, I didn't.

RUSH: Well, there was one that took place in Georgia that everybody was all hepped up about and there was one that took place in Texas that nobody cared about. The one that took place in Georgia, the execution was of a African-American who had killed an off-duty cop, who denied it. There were 50 anti-death penalty protesters outside the prison before it happened, and of course around the world activists were paying attention; and then in Texas a white supremacist was executed for killing a black man by the name of James Byrd. This was back during the 2000 campaign, presidential campaign. You're 16, so you might not remember this, but James Byrd was attached to the back of a vehicle and driven to his death; being dragged behind it by this white supremacist. So he was executed last night. There wasn't one syllable of protest. Not one. But the Reverend Sharpton was all over television. He even went to Georgia trying to make hay about what happened there, and it kinda surprised me because the execution of the white supremacist took place in Texas. It would have been an excellent opportunity to go after Rick Perry.

CALLER: Well, you know --

RUSH: But they didn't because of race. The race of the victim and the race of the convict who was executed. It was fascinating. Now, that's not what you called about but it does relate to Perry. I take it you're a big Perry supporter?

CALLER: Oh, yes, sir.

RUSH: Why? What do you like about him?

CALLER: I love his states' rights support. That's one of my main issues.

RUSH: How did you get interested in that, at age 16?

CALLER: Well, I started reading some books, and I started learning about our founding, and like people like Dr. David Horsman and books like The Cosmopolitan Club Dossier and things like that. It's really, you know, enlightened me and just the founding is full of states' rights and nullification, and I think it's one of the main things we need to bring back.

RUSH: Well, you're right. Rick Perry is profoundly a states' rights guy. People often miss identify Perry as "anti-government." He's not anti-government. He's a big state government guy. He loves using state government. But he is anti-federal government out the wazoo. But when you talk about state rights... (interruption) Well, that's an interesting thing. It'd be interesting to see how he would make that transformation since he loves state government. He believes in the benevolent use of it. He's not, from what I can tell, interested in very many limits on state government power, but federal government?

"Get them out of my eyesight! I don't even want to smell 'em," is his attitude. If he gets elected president, and if he keeps that attitude, I think he's articulating his view on federal government overreach, regulation, too much power, extremely well. It would be fascinating to see if that attitude about the federal government held up when he's got the reins of power. I remember Schwarzenegger, Schwarzenegger... If I had been governor and been treated like Schwarzenegger was, I would have been happy to get it over with and get out of there, but he said, "Oh, God, I miss it! The power. All that the power I had." And I'm thinking, "What did it get you?" It must be something you and I can't relate to. Having never won elections to run a state or a government of any kind. I don't know.

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RUSH: Folks, I've delayed mentioning this.  I will not be here tomorrow and it ticks me off.  I have something to do tomorrow that can only be done tomorrow, and it involves the time this program is on.  Mark Steyn is gonna be in here, it's gonna be fine, but it ticks me off because I'm gonna have to wait 'til Monday to tell you what happens in the debate tonight, what it really means.  Normally I would do that tomorrow.  But I'll have to wait 'til Monday.  I'm apologizing here in advance, it's just one of these weird things that can only be done that includes the hours this program is on.  Can't be done on weekends, can't be done at night, so it is what it is.  It's very frustrating, especially to be happening on the day after the debate.  But it is what it is.  Don't worry, Monday will come around soon enough, and at that point it'll still be fresh enough. 

There will be other debates, but this is gonna be a big one because the Florida straw poll is Saturday, and the Florida Republican guys are running around trying to build up interest in their straw polls.  "Hey, the winner of our straw poll is gonna be the nominee."  We'll see.  Did you see, by the way, Ron Paul said that he would hire Dennis Kucinich in his administration if he's elected president?  I didn't see if he mentioned a specific post.  (interruption) Ron Paul wanted the Department of Peace? I don't know.  That's right, it was Kucinich who wanted the Department of Peace.  But I wouldn't put it beyond Paul. 

Well, I hope that comes up in the debate tonight.  "You said that you would put Dennis Kucinich in your cabinet.  Explain why."  You know, I shouldn't say this.  Never mind.  Never mind. (interruption) Yes, I see Huntsman's running third in some polls, which has got him worried, because he doesn't want to win this.  Doesn't want to win this.  Where did I see this?  Somebody put this idea in my head.  I better not utter this because I don't remember who did it and I don't know if it's got any validity to it or not.  Better not.  Better not.  Better not.  We'll know soon enough anyway.

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