RUSH: Here’s Carl calling from Tokyo, Japan. Carl, it’s nice to have you on the EIB Network, sir, hello.
CALLER: Well, hello, Rush. Thanks for taking the call.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: I just wanted to talk to you a little bit about McCain and his endorsement of cap-and-trade.
CALLER: It really has me worried.
RUSH: Yes, it’s absolutely insane. It’s stupid. It’s silly.
CALLER: I don’t know how I can vote for a guy who’s going to put something in effect that’s going to create a theocracy.
RUSH: Well, here’s the way you look at this. With McCain I think it’s got less of a chance of happening. Obama’s for it, too, on this issue. When it comes to climate change, as we stand now, McCain and Obama are not that much different. So you almost throw that issue out, ’cause we’re going to get that no matter who wins. I think when you look at McCain’s other positions that he’s taken on energy recently versus Obama and the Democrats, it’s far more advantageous, McCain’s campaign is, his position on energy, it’s a winning issue.
CALLER: Okay. I understand that, but you’re asking me to trust a guy who’s sitting there telling me that he wants Lieberman as the VP and he tells me that he wants to have conservatives or strict constructionists on the Supreme Court, and how am I going to trust him if —
RUSH: That’s the question. That’s why this vice presidential pick is so important. That’s the message that we’re trying get through here. If he does pick a pro-choice — and, by the way, he has not said, McCain himself has not said he wants Lieberman. The people in his campaign want Lieberman. Obviously, he’s not going to come out and reject it, but it’s other people that are planting this, trial balloon or what have you.
CALLER: I’m sorry, but McCain, you know, I’ve been following this guy for years, you know, Gang of 14, I’ve been following for a long time. This man plays to the cameras. I can see him talking the talk right now, but is he going to walk the walk should he become the president? That’s my concern. How can I believe it?
RUSH: Sorry, I can’t help you.
CALLER: (laughing) Well, that’s my concern right now.
RUSH: You are identifying a lot of people’s concerns. We’re doing the best we can here. I think some progress is being made in this vice presidential pick. If he gets it, don’t forget there’s Bob Barr running out there, running on the Libertarian ticket, and if this pick goes the wrong way that’s going to get Bob Barr some additional percentage points.
RUSH: And guarantee old Obama a win.
RUSH: That’s utter disaster awaits.
CALLER: Why should I vote for the guy? I don’t get it.
RUSH: Why should you vote for McCain?
RUSH: Very simple. Two words: The Messiah. We don’t want Barack Obama anywhere near the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. We want him getting more street agitator experience in the United States Senate, but we do not want Obama and the people running him in the White House.