RUSH: Truckee, California. Up next, this is Toby. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: (garbled cell throughout) Hi, Rush. How are you?
RUSH: I'm fine. How are you, Toby?
CALLER: I'm good. I was telling Snerdley, I understand and I agree with 110% of everything you're saying about him. But I think we're giving him far too much of our time, talking about him as much as you do. Since a week ago when he brought up this crap with Romney, that's all we hear about on all the talk shows and everything else. We need to get back to the numbers on (garbled). You know, if everything he's done has created something then he's responsible for the unemployment.
CALLER: Turn the numbers on him again.
RUSH: Wait. So you think I am talking too much about Romney?
CALLER: No. You're talking too much about what Obama wants you to talk about.
RUSH: I'm talking too much about what Obama wants me to talk about?
CALLER: Wants you to talk about.
RUSH: And what does Obama want us to talk about?
CALLER: The fact (sic) that Romney is a felon.
RUSH: Uhhhh, okay. So most...? The last two days, I have been incredulous at what Obama is saying.
CALLER: Right. I agree.
RUSH: I've been playing the sound bite over and over with Obama basically saying, "You start a business? You didn't do that on your own."
CALLER: I agree with it, Rush. I'm not saying that. It infuriates me every time I hear it. My point is, I think we're giving Obama too much airtime. He gets enough of that from the media. I think we need to get back to talking about what he's created: The unemployment numbers, people out of work, all of the crap that he's created. Not the fact that, you know, he helped us all start our businesses.
RUSH: Okay. Well, just so you know, I'm also getting e-mails and notes from people who tell me I'm spending too much time talking about Romney.
RUSH: You think I'm spending too much time talking about Obama and I got somebody else telling me I'm spending too much time talking about Romney. So basically you think that Obama has rope-a-doped me?
CALLER: No. No. I think he's trying to rope-a-dope everybody. My point is... I guess maybe it's my opinion. I've just heard enough crap about what he hasn't done and all the other stuff, and I'd like to get back to the point of maybe helping to build the conservative message again instead of... You know?
RUSH: You know, it was just a week and a half ago that I raised the very important question: "Is Romney, simply reciting what everybody knows about the economy, gonna be enough?" You want me to sit here every day and say, "Folks, you know what the unemployment rate is? Look at job creation! Look at the deficit! Look at it national debt! Look at how this guy has destroyed the economy!" I'm blue in the face talking about it. So I raise the specter: "Maybe it isn't, folks, because so many people don't care anymore about a failing economy because they're not harmed by it?
"Maybe just saying, 'It's the economy, stupid,' or just pointing out how rotten it is, isn't enough. Maybe Romney's campaign has to be about more than that." And we spent two days talking about that. My point is we have 15 hours a week here, and I don't think there's anything that gets by us. There isn't anything we don't mention, unless I judge it to be irrelevant and unimportant. And like I've always said: "If I don't talk about it, it's not worth you knowing about it."
You need to trust me on this stuff.
I don't know. I need to talk about all of the stuff in context, in totality, as it happens. If anything, I have been concerned that I have maybe been overdoing it on Obama's statement, "If you got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that!" I thought I was gonna get e-mailed, "Come on, Rush! He knows you're gonna focus on that and stop talking about the economy. He's trying to distract you and you're falling for it!" I thought I would hear that.
At any rate, I think the totality of what's happening here has to be discussed so all of this stuff can be kept in context.
Thanks very much.
RUSH: Just in case you don't know it, the unemployment rate is 8.2%. The national debt is rising. Obama continues to spend money like it's never been spent before and we're borrowing it like it's never been borrowed before. This economy really sucks. I don't know if you know that or not, but this economy's in bad shape and there's a guy that's in charge of it. His name is Barack Obama. You may have heard of him. He's the president of the United States.
It's not about Romney. It's about Obama!
He's the guy that's to blame for all this.