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RUSH: Marty in northern Virginia, I’m glad you called, sir, welcome to the EIB Network.

CALLER: Yes, thanks, Rush.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: Hey, I just had to call when I heard your comment about how the Republican candidates need to energize the base. I like your idea of calling attention to the liberal media bias, but when you got a leader of the Christian right saying they should form a third political party, that’s a real problem.

RUSH: You’re talking about Dr. Dobson?

CALLER: Yeah. He doesn’t want McCain; he doesn’t want Thompson; he doesn’t want Giuliani, and he won’t admit it, but he doesn’t want Romney because of his religious bigotry. I’m depressed Newt’s not running, too, but forget about the Hispanic voters, the welfare lobby, any other special interests, the cut-and-run Republicans are going to screw us next year just like they did last year.

RUSH: I’m laughing at your manner of expression, not what you’ve said.

CALLER: Oh, sorry.

RUSH: No, no, no. It’s fine. I enjoy callers that make me laugh. So you did good.

CALLER: Well, one more thing, I gotta interrupt you. Listen, I read, I don’t know if it was NewsMax or Human Events today that Algore might run if he wins the Nobel Peace Prize. I think you ought to make the commitment that if you win the prize, you’ll run.

RUSH: We’re back to this. (laughing) If I win the Nobel Peace Prize, I run for president, that’s the deal, huh?

CALLER: Yeah, make that a promise.

RUSH: All right, I’ll promise you, if I win the Nobel Peace Prize, I will run for president.

CALLER: Great, I’m energized already.

RUSH: There you got it. Okay. I just printed something from the computer that’s relative to your point. For people that are unfamiliar with what the Dobson position is, could you replay it for them, tell them what it is?


RUSH: You, yeah, you.

CALLER: My understanding is I heard that he doesn’t want McCain; he doesn’t want Thompson; he doesn’t want Giuliani; he won’t admit that he doesn’t want Romney, but he says we’ve got to start a third party. That’s going to hurt us.

RUSH: Yeah, but did you hear why he said this, what his reasoning is?

CALLER: I don’t know, but what I’m saying is I’m empathetic, not sympathetic, I’m empathetic with that because I’m disappointed with them, too. I wanted Newt, but I’m not dumb enough to say let’s start a third party.

RUSH: Well, here’s his reasoning on this, as I’ve had it explained to me. Allow me some variance here to be not quite accurate about this because I’ve heard this secondhand. But I think one of the things that Dr. Dobson has said is that he’s frustrated with a Republican nominee who might be president who is not really down the road what we want, but you can’t criticize him. Once they’re in office, you’re stuck with them and you can’t criticize them, and you end up supporting somebody you know is not right, then you’re saddled with them and you can’t do anything about it because they’re on your team. So his theory is, it would be much better, as I understand this, to have somebody like Mrs. Clinton, who is what she is and represents exactly what we don’t want to allow an opportunity for open criticism in a way of educating the American people about what they’ve done and who they’ve elected and so forth for future elections. I’m paraphrasing this. To Dr. Dobson and a lot of Christian leaders, there’s a single word here that animates them, and that’s abortion. The problem that we have with the presidency is there’s only one thing a president can do to affect abortion, and that’s Supreme Court nominees.

CALLER: Absolutely.

RUSH: That’s the only thing a president can do. So the emphasis on a president’s pro-life views, or pro-choice views in the case of Rudy, has to be balanced with what he has said about the kind of people he’ll put on the court. And he said he would put people like Scalia, Alito, Thomas, Roberts, as nominees, which would be satisfactory to people.

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