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RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, I want to talk to you for just a second about Republican Senate candidate Thomas Kean, Jr. in New Jersey. This is a brave man. This is a man who deserves your attention and your support. This is a man who in the midst of the war on terror and the war in Iraq, has demanded the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld.
That’s so courageous!
I was so moved when I heard this demand from this Republican. It’s not many Republicans that have this kind of courage and have these guts — and he wasn’t through there! He then demanded the resignation of Speaker of the House Denny Hastert and any of the Republican leadership — just off the top.
This is courage!
This is political leadership that the Republican Party has long needed! This is the kind of foresight, this is the kind of vision, this is the kind of independence that the Republican Party needs: to join with others in making sure that the Republicans in power quit. Few Republicans have the kind of guts here being exhibited by Republican senatorial candidate Tom Kean, Jr. in New Jersey, but then he did something yesterday that really impressed me and really demonstrated his bravery and his encourage under fire. Without being asked, folks, he issued a statement denouncing me over “press reports” he had heard — he had not heard me; he had heard press reports — regarding my reaction to the Michael J. Fox ad.
He said, “There’s no reason for this in our politics, and I don’t subscribe to it,” and he wanted no part of it, and then spent a lot of last night trying to get himself invited on television shows to announce his distance from me. This is the kind of man we need in the United States Senate! I rarely see this kind of backbone and courage! This is a man whose two feet are firmly planted in the air. He will end up wherever he needs to end up to protect himself, and that’s what we need in American politics is more self interest, more politicians and senators on the Republican side who care about themselves than they care about issues or their party or anything else. This is true independence, ladies and gentlemen! People like Tom Kean, Jr., may hold the key to Republicans securing that valued independent or moderate vote!
Thomas Kean, Jr.!
I sent his staff a note last night, to which I’ve not gotten a reply. I said, “I can certainly understand the panicked, reactionary and opportunistic stance of politicians and their seizing on any chance to distance themselves from what they think is harmful to them, but I thought you might want to see what a actually said on my program as opposed to what’s being reported. Here’s a link to my website. In the meantime let me know if you’d like me to endorse either you or Senator Menendez in my efforts to help the Republicans hold the majority in the United States Senate, which is not something you seem to be interested in yourself,” and that’s what we need. We need Republicans in the Senate who don’t care about whether Republicans run the place. We need Republicans in the Senate like Thomas Kean, Jr. who have no interest in the party or causes or issues. We need the selfish self-interest of Tom Kean, Jr — and so today, ladies and gentlemen, I, Rush Limbaugh, officially and proudly endorse Thomas Kean, Jr. for Senate in New Jersey.
We need another Lincoln Chafee.

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