RUSH: Somebody go get me some medicine. My heart rate is so fast here I need to slow it down, I’m so excited. All right so, 200 billion, got to cut all this spending, got to cut the Iraq spending. We’re neglecting our needs here at home. On August 31, 2003, on Meet the Depressed, Tim Russert said to John Kerry, “Do you believe that we need to reduce spending in Iraq, reduce spending that we are now providing for the operations in Iraq?”
KERRY: No. I think we should increase it.
RUSSERT: Increase funding?
VOICE: By how much?
KERRY: By whatever number of billions of dollars it takes to win. It is critical that the United States of America be successful, Tim.
RUSH: What’s going on, on August 31st of 2003? Howard Dean is what’s going on, and Howard Dean is out there saying what Kerry is saying today. So Howard Dean: “Yeah, I got to separate myself from Dean.” Why don’t you try telling the truth? What’s your plan! What do you really think, senator? I don’t think we know. I don’t think he knows. I really don’t think he knows what he thinks. I don’t think he thinks that matters. Whatever he says today is what’s operative, based on his ability to be nuanced about things, but this is… What would you call this? Today bellyaching about $200 billion we’re spending in Iraq, a year ago saying, “Spend whatever it takes to win.” Our final sound bite here before we go back to your phone calls. Here is John Kerry reading from the Michael Moore playbook on the Saudi Royal Family.
KERRY: — and because of this president’s wrong choices in Iraq, we’re spending $200 billion there instead of investing in making America energy independent. George W. Bush’s energy policy is to trust the big oil companies and the Saudis [sic]. In fact, a national news magazine [no name given] just reported that a senior member of the Saudi royal family said that as far as they’re concerned in the U.S. presidential election, it’s Bush all the way. Well, I want an America that relies on its own ingenuity, on our old intervention, not the Saudi Royal Family. (Kerry, April 2004: “Jawbone” OPEC Nations to Lower Oil Prices)
RUSH: (Rim shot) That’s my attempt at doing a snare drum. Say what it is. So here we have a conspiracy theory that is made famous in that idiotic movie by Michael Moore now being popularized by a Democratic presidential candidate. For those of you who were not on the program yesterday, I want to tell you a little story. I had a little fun with a liberal over the weekend. When Clinton was announced as having heart problems, was going into the hospital, and tests revealed severe blockage. By the way, I actually think that he only had three arteries blocked but he went for four because the polls said he’d get 87% sympathy instead of 62%. So the more blockages the more sympathy but that’s neither here nor there. The fact is he had blockages. (snickering) I said to this liberal, I said, “You don’t believe this, do you?” Well, what do you mean? I said, “You don’t believe that Clinton reeeally has heart problems. He’s not even 60 years old. He’s not overweight. He’s got a very firm jaw line. He’s out there walking around. He’s dating! What do you mean? How could he possibly have heart problems?”
Well, what are you saying? “I’m saying the whole thing is trumped up! I’m saying there are no heart problems. There is not going to be any open heart surgery. This is all being done to sabotage the Kerry campaign.” Oh, you don’t really believe that, do you? I said, “Hell yes I do! You note that he didn’t announce this during the Republican convention. If he’s got blockage, he had it two weeks ago. If he had blockage he had it a month ago. If he had heart pains yesterday, he had heart pains last week. He could easily have done this and stolen all the thunder as far as the media is concerned from Bush’s convention, but no! He waits until the day after and then sabotages Kerry’s attempt to stop the Bush bounce? You don’t think this really is real.” They said: But you mean the doctors are all part of this and the nurses in the hospital and everybody that’s involved in this has to go along with the fact it’s a joke? I said, “Yep. How does it feel?” What do you mean? I said, “Well, isn’t this the same kind of garbage Michael Moore does that you people just lap up?
Duhhhhhh (rim shot) and so here’s Kerry picking up on this same sort of conspiratorial bilge about this. I mean, wasn’t it just a year ago or earlier this year that Bush was going to be in league with the Saudi royal family to lower the oil price, to lower the gasoline price so as to win the election? Imagine that! Lower gas prices in America to win the election. Kerry was opposed to it. He said the American people would not stand for lower gas prices. “I didn’t meeeean to say thaaaat.” Well, that’s what it sounded like. But now, where is this conspiracy? Where are all these plummeting gasoline prices because of this close connection Bush has with the Saudis?
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