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RUSH: Laura in Union Hill, Alabama. I’m glad you waited. Welcome to the EIB Network.

CALLER: Hey, Rush. I’m as proud as peaches to be talking to you. Thank you.

RUSH: Well, thank you.

CALLER: I’m going to mark this on my calendar. We’ll go out to eat and celebrate: I got to talk to Rush Limbaugh. (giggles) Anyway, I had a question and comment. My question is, what did Hillary mean last night by, she has ‘found her voice’? I still don’t get it.

RUSH: It’s a slogan that is designed to establish a connection between voters and the audience in that room, and her humility, her humanness.

CALLER: Hmmm.

RUSH: It means she was praising the people of New Hampshire for helping her to find herself, to help her right the course, to help her figure out what’s actually necessary to save this country.

CALLER: Okay.

RUSH: That’s what she meant by it.

CALLER: Thank you. That makes sense.

RUSH: I mean she’s had her voice for I don’t know how many years —

CALLER: (giggles)

RUSH: — and she’s used it as she’s intended to use it all these years.

CALLER: Mmm-hmm.

RUSH: So it’s just a slogan. It’s a New Age, kind of Oprah slogan that’s designed to connect with certain people and make them swoon.

CALLER: Well, I think it was supposed to have some impact like that, but I was clueless. My comment and the comment I had is, the last several days people have been calling you wanting you to endorse some candidate or, you know, ‘Don’t be too rough on so-and-so,’ or, you know, ‘Say more positive things about this person.’ I desperately urge you to please continue to scrutinize these candidates, because I really don’t know who I’m voting for. I know the two candidates I will not vote for, but I just feel the weightiness of this coming election, and I just feel like this is the time to really probe where these candidates stand. Personally, I just really urge you to do that, because it just benefits people like me so much.

RUSH: Well, I appreciate that, and I have every intention of standing firmly on my principles on this and following my instincts, as well as my intelligence guided by experience on these matters. I’ll tell you, the way the Republican race is shaping up, if you want a little dart here right between the eyes, the simple fact of the matter is that the Republican roster is filled with people that everybody dislikes something about them.

CALLER: Mmm-hmm.

RUSH: The Republican nominee may be the guy that the Republicans dislike the least.

CALLER: Exactly.

RUSH: It may actually end up being that: Who do we dislike the least? And, if it’s that, then it’s gonna transform into, ‘Okay, who do we think can beat the Democrats, you know, or Obama, or Hillary?’ It really is a puzzling situation. Republicans are looking at the field with the negative appraisals outweighing the positives from top to bottom in the field.

CALLER: Exactly.

RUSH: Yeah. I know. That’s why it’s tough; it’s extremely tough. But a lot of people are talking. I’m checking the e-mail. ‘Rush, I know you’re right a lot, but you’re wrong about these guys, ‘iron my shirt’ protesters being a Clinton setup. You’re just wrong about it.’ Tsk-tsk-tsk. Ladies and gentlemen, don’t doubt me. I don’t mean to sound arrogant here, but if those guys walking around with those signs that said ‘iron my shirt’ were genuine, they would have been Tasered. They would have been roughed up. They would have been yanked out of that studio, that little meeting room, and we would know everything there is to know about these guys! We’d know what talk shows they listen to. We’d know what schools they went to. We would know what kind of trouble they’ve been in. If this were a totally spontaneous event, those guys… You talk about waterboarding? Ha! What would happen to these guys to get the truth out of them, you don’t even want to think about — and we would know it, every bit of it.

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RUSH: Menlo Park, California. Hi, Peggy, thanks for waiting.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. Morning. I have been listening this whole time. I’m a 60-year-old hormonal woman with a cold. However, this woman chose this walk. She planned her whole life this way. As far as I understand, she and Bill both talked about this as what they were going to do back when they were in college.

RUSH: That’s right, that’s right. That’s absolutely right.

CALLER: Okay, so what is she going to do, go overseas to the troops and cry and say, ‘Oh, come on, guys.’ You know what I mean? If she’s going to start pulling this kind of — this wimpy card — I am so embarrassed to be a woman right now.

RUSH: That’s because you’re thinking and engaged. You’re not caught up in all the emotion of this. Look, as I’ve been saying, she can only do this one time out there, Peggy, and she cannot make a practice of this.

CALLER: I realize that. I know. I mean, if that was me, people would come up and smack me down, it’s like what are you doing up there, woman? You know, last night I got part of what she was saying and I heard everything that you were playing today, and, man, she sure sounds different from when she was in that church down in — where was she? — Arkansas. It’s good to be home and the heavy accent and all that —

RUSH: That was in Selma, Alabama.

CALLER: Well, you know, all of a sudden where’s the accent last night? She doesn’t even have an accent for Texas. And what’s this ‘hard work’ stuff? She sounds like Bush when he first got in office, saying this is really hard work as he goes on vacation every two weeks.

RUSH: (laughter)

CALLER: — find the one that I like the best, I mean, you know, that I hate the least when I vote. And that’s the way it’s been for me for years.

RUSH: That’s not too inspirational. You’re going to vote for the one you hate the least. (laughter) I understand — (laughter)

CALLER: On your list, you know? Anyway, that’s all I wanted to say. I wanted to talk with you. Gotta get my ‘Rush in the morning.’

RUSH: Thanks, Peggy, I appreciate it. By the way, nothing wrong with your radios out there. We had a little reverb of my voice on Peggy’s phone line, which I actually liked because I got to hear myself.

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