RUSH: Nancy in Metuchen, New Jersey. Hi. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. It's an honor and a privilege to speak with you.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: Been a longtime listener, thanks to my mom. I was listening earlier, you had a woman on there who didn't care for Romney but she would vote for him; and I'm a small business owner for 23 years now, and that would be the only one why I would vote for Romney also, if he was our Republican nominee.
RUSH: Because of his business experience?
RUSH: I got a poll here. I wasn't gonna mention this but now I'm going to. It's a Rasmussen poll, and 48% -- I don't know what the universe is here. I'm not sure if it's voters or Republicans. It says... No, a plurality of all voters think that Romney would do a better job with the economy than Obama by 48 to 39%. So in, the Rasmussen poll, Romney has a nine-point lead on Obama on the question of who would do better with the economy.
CALLER: Absolutely. I mean, sometimes you gotta know when to fold 'em, you know, and start over, and it's what makes you successful. You can't hold on to things that fail and that don't work.
RUSH: Yeah, Clint Eastwood, Dirty Harry, once said after murdering a bad guy, "A man's got to know his limitations."
CALLER: That's it. That's it.
RUSH: The guy was lousy with a gun or something.
CALLER: That's what's worked for me so, you know --
RUSH: See, that conflicts with everything that we know. Like Winston Churchill, on the other hand, says, "Never, ever, never, never give up." Dirty Harry says a man's got to know when to give up.
CALLER: You know, you gotta know what's evil in front of you.
RUSH: Well, what you're saying is, "Okay, we gotta figure out here, at some point, if Romney's the nominee, there's nothing we can do about that. What's the objective?" Beating Obama, right?
RUSH: And so there's no alternative to that, if the only alternative to that ends up being Romney, it's a no-brainer. That's what you're saying?
RUSH: And you do it with maybe a... You know, you'll hold your nose but you'll still do it?
CALLER: Absolutely. You know, I can't afford four more years of him. So, you know, anybody that we would have would be far better than Obama.
RUSH: I just have to ask, is your business owned by Bain Capital?
CALLER: Oh, no. Mmm-mmn. (giggling).
RUSH: All right, I just had to ask.
CALLER: No. No, it's not.
RUSH: Has it ever been owned by Bain? Has a member of the Bain board ever bought anything at your business?
CALLER: No, I've never been contacted by them, either.
RUSH: Has Mitt Romney ever given you $55 or $60?
CALLER: No, he hasn't.
RUSH: Okay. All right, folks, the way I look at it -- and by the way, Nancy, I appreciate the call. (humming) I don't know. I gotta think about it I was gonna say something but I gotta think about it. I'm thinking about the concept of "the lesser of two evils" here and throwing Obama into that mix, and I just need to think about it a little.
RUSH: Here's Norah in Ft. Lauderdale, great to have you on the Rush Limbaugh program, hi.
CALLER: Oh, gosh, Rush, I'm so happy to be able to speak with you. You're the bestest of the best.
RUSH: Thank you very much.
CALLER: I have a point I'd like to make. I think that Newt Gingrich is the only one that can smash the Obama regime. I think he'll throw everything at him and I think he knows all the dirty little secrets in Washington that he could handle. Not only that, but when I hear my friends talk about Romney, "Oh, he looks so presidential," but who cares about what he looks like?
CALLER: Not only that, Rush, but he got the endorsement from McCain. I think that's the kiss of death because McCain is the reason we have this problem today.
RUSH: Yeah, it kind of puzzled me, too, up there in New Hampshire.
CALLER: He gave the presidency to Obama. And I'm so mad at him and then I also blame Huckabee for endorsing McCain. He ran such a half campaign, and Sarah Palin was the only spark in his campaign and then all she got, she and her family, is criticism. And so I am so angry at McCain, and I just think Newt is fantastic, and I'm glad that he's going after Romney. And I think that's the only thing he could do because Mr. Nice Guy finishes last.
RUSH: I'm glad you got through. Glad you got through. And, by the way, I, just for the record, am a nice guy.