RUSH: Here's Ernest in Westbrook, Maine. Thank you for waiting and welcome to the EIB Network.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Thanks for taking my call. I really appreciate it.
RUSH: You bet, sir.
CALLER: I wanted to call just to voice my support for Rick Perry of all people. Unfortunately, he's way down in the polls but I think he's the only alpha male in the race. I wish he would go positive on himself. I can't stand these "pink slip" comments, they make me sick, but I just think he could advertise himself as what he is: A pilot and a patriot, the leader of the 13th largest economy in the world. He's not gonna run a campaign like Romney or Gingrich because they're both gonna run campaigns like McCain did.
RUSH: Well, I have to step in here.
CALLER: Go ahead.
RUSH: I'm not trying to disappoint you, but Perry is running an identical campaign against Romney as Gingrich is.
CALLER: It's making me sick, but I wish he'd just change. I wish he'd just go positive on himself.
RUSH: He's saying, "I'll suggest they're just vultures." He's talking about Bain.
CALLER: You know what? They don't get it.
RUSH: "They're vultures that are sitting out there on the tree limb, waiting for a company to get sick. And then they swoop in, they eat the carcass, they leave with that and they leave the skeleton."
CALLER: Well, my point on that is -- and I think what everybody thinks, is whatever the movie was -- whether it was Wall Street with Gordon Gekko and Charlie Sheen, you know, in that movie where Gordon Gekko...
RUSH: "Greed is good," yes. Wall Street, that was the movie.
CALLER: They lied, but the thing is making a zillion dollars, there's nothing wrong with that. It's lying, it's being dishonest. You know? They convinced the company in that movie to sign on --
RUSH: Wait a minute. We're talking about a movie?
CALLER: Yeah, I'm telling you, because that's what people think. That's what people think about Wall Street is what they saw in the movies, and the truth is that people think these corporate raiders lie to these people to get them to sell the company. In this movie, they come in and they lie; the people go ahead and sign the contract, and then they get the company, and that's not the way it works.
RUSH: What do you think the reason is? What is the main reason why most companies are purchased this way?
CALLER: They're investments. It's like --
RUSH: Isn't it because they're distressed?
CALLER: Yeah, they're going down anyway. They were sinking.
RUSH: All right. "They're going down anyway." In many cases they are saved. In some cases, they're not. But, in many cases, they are saved. Now, here we are, we're talking about a movie made by a deep, anti-American thinker called Oliver Stone, and that's the guy that made Wall Street -- and he also made the sequel, which is Gordon Gekko gets out of jail and goes back and his daughter hates him. You know, big plot twist. But I know they did that to the nuclear industry with China Syndrome with Jane Fonda. I know the power of movies and so forth. Our point here is we really don't need Perry and Newt piling on like this.
CALLER: I hope... I just want... I really like Perry. I think he's got guts. I noticed he's taking the hardest shots for himself but he hasn't got rocked back on his heels and I just don't think he has the baggage that some of these other guys have, you know, that he's gonna get eviscerated in the campaign. But I did want to give one word of advice to all the candidates or at least make a statement and that would be: Making the other guy look bad doesn't make you look good. Another comment I wanted to make --
RUSH: Well, see, sometimes that's not the point. Negative ads work. That's why they're used. They don't always work. I don't know. We'll find out tonight and next week in South Carolina. We'll find out if this is working. We'll find out if Newt's ploy actually harms Romney. We'll find out. But Romney and his ploy did hurt Newt. People remember Newt was leading in Iowa, and Romney's ads took him down to single digits! Fifth place! I'm not making excuses for Newt, but imagine you've got a million-plus dollars lined up against you over a two-week period, when you don't have any money -- and when what you think is being said about you is a pack full of lies, you're going to react to it. That's where we are. Appreciate the call.