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RUSH: Now, we go to the debate Monday night, the Democrat debate, and Mrs. Clinton said this to Barack Obama.

HILLARY: I was fighting against those ideas when you were practicing law and representing your contributor, Rezko, in his slum landlord business in inner city Chicago.

RUSH: Ooooh, and they booed and they applauded, they did the whole thing. Guess what surfaced on the Internet, and it’s on the Drudge Report. It is a picture of Rezko standing between a smiling Bill and Hillary Clinton. No, it’s true. It’s an Internet exclusive to the Drudge Report, and it’s Hillary and Bill Clinton standing under the American flag and this Rezko guy, he’s sort of smiling, but they are really beaming. And, of course, the only way you got one of these was to fork it over. The only way you got one of these pictures — (interruption) What do you mean, am I going to discuss the Republican debate? To have to be asked a question like that. Of course I’m going to discuss the Republican debate. We have all kinds of sound bites. It’s a three-hour show. Be patient. Anyway, here’s the picture for those of you watching on the Dittocam. Let me zoom in a little bit here. I’ll zoom in even a little more. There you go. That’s Rezko. That’s the slumlord standing next to the Clintons, right between them. So Mrs. Clinton was on the Today Show today with Matt Lauer, who said, ‘We have an undated picture of you and your husband with Tony Rezko. Do you know anything about that picture? Do you remember meeting this guy?’

HILLARY: No, I don’t. You know, I probably have taken hundreds of thousands of pictures. But, of course, Matt, you didn’t show what preceded what I said, which was a direct attack, one of several —

LAUER: I understand.

HILLARY: — that was leveled against me by Senator Obama.

LAUER: It was a counterpunch, I understand that.

HILLARY: So obviously — it was a counterpunch. I try not to attack first, but I have to defend myself and I do have to counterpunch. No, I don’t know the man. I wouldn’t know him if he walked in the door. I don’t have a 17-year relationship with him.

RUSH: Oooh! Doesn’t matter, he was in your presence, and everybody knows that when he was in your presence it was because he gave money, but all this is moot anyway because she’s going to get the nomination and all these people criticizing her and her husband for whatever they’re doing are going to end up voting for them. It’s like E. J. Dionne, Jr., today has a piece, the Washington Post, excoriating Clinton for forgetting the fact that he in 1991 sang Ronald Reagan’s praises about his anti-communism, about his ability to communicate, winning the Cold War. Yes, E. J. Dionne, Jr., is still around, still relevant, and he just excoriates Clinton, (paraphrasing) ‘Hey, you made a big deal out of Reagan back in 1991 when you were campaigning. I’ve got the story. We’ve got the quotes.’ And now they’re out there now attacking Obama for this. They pulled that ad, by the way, they pulled the ad because it’s factually incorrect. Obama calls it a victory for truth, but this picture, this picture here of Hillary, it looks like from this picture she’s wearing pink, and it’s a dress, and then there’s Tony Rezko and Clinton. And obviously he was meeting a group of younger people because his hair has not been dyed gray in this picture.

But I’ve got a better caption on this. I mean, the Drudge caption is: ‘I don’t remember meeting Rezko.’ My caption is: ‘A pair of slimy politicians meet with a Chicago businessman.’ (laughing) That’s what I would write: ‘A pair of slimy politicians meet with a Chicago businessman.’

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