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RUSH: A couple of McCain sound bites. This morning in Manchester, New Hampshire.

MCCAIN: Last week, his campaign actually found itself on a detour into the real world in the driveway of Joe the Plumber. Joe didn’t ask for Senator Obama to come to his house, and he sure didn’t ask to be famous and he certainly didn’t ask for the political attacks on him from the Obama campaign. As he told Joe, Barack Obama wants to, quote, ‘spread the wealth around.’

RUSH: Let me repeat something. We had a call yesterday at just about this time when a guy was all happy, they haven’t found anything substantive on Joe the Plumber. And that, folks, that just focused it for me. Stop and think of that. They, the Obama campaign and the media, they haven’t found anything on Joe the Plumber. Who the hell are they to look? What gives them the right to look into the private life of a private citizen? He’s not part of the McCain campaign; he’s not running for anything; he can’t raise anybody’s taxes; he can’t send anybody’s kid off to war. And now he can’t even work because the plumbers have ganged up on him because he supposedly didn’t have a license. What the hell are we becoming? ‘They haven’t found anything substantive on Joe the Plumber.’ What business is it of theirs to start prying into Joe the Plumber’s life? All he did was ask a question. I admonished you yesterday, I do so again today, rent the movie The Lives of Others. It’s spoken in German, but it’s captioned, subtitled. You’ll be able to read along with it. It won the Academy Award for best foreign film. That’s because Hollywood thought the movie portrayed life in America under Bush. A bunch of dunces. Rent the movie and find out what it’s like living in a place where everybody is Joe the Plumber, and they have cameras in your house, and they come find you when you say something that’s unacceptable. Rent the movie. Here’s another portion of McCain today in Manchester, New Hampshire.

MCCAIN: Joe didn’t really like that idea much and neither did a lot of other folks who believe that their earnings are their own. After all, before government can redistribute wealth, it has to confiscate wealth from those who earned it. And whatever the right word is for that way of thinking, the redistribution of wealth is the last thing America needs right now.

RUSH: Ever!

MCCAIN: In these tough economic times we don’t need government spreading the wealth. We need policies that create wealth and spread opportunity.

RUSH: Right on, right on, right on, right on, right on. And let’s see. The McCain camp has a new ad called ‘I am Joe the Plumber.’

OBAMA: I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.

WOMAN: I’m Joe the Plumber.

WOMAN: I’m Joe the Plumber.

WOMAN: I’m Joe the Plumber.

ANNOUNCER: Spread the wealth?

MAN: I’m supposed to work harder.

MAN: Just to pay more taxes.

MAN: Obama wants my sweat to pay for his trillion dollars in new spending?

WOMAN: I’m Joe the Plumber.

ANNOUNCER: Barack Obama, higher taxes, more spending, not ready.

MCCAIN: I’m John McCain, and I approved this message.

RUSH: And here’s Chuck Schumer yesterday at the Washington National Press Club predicting Obama will win in a landslide.

SCHUMER: The tectonic plates are changing and it serves us well. And I think it will mean that Barack Obama — and I said this six months ago before the financial crisis, I said it publicly, will get more than 300 electoral votes, and I think it helps us in the Senate in a very significant way.

RUSH: Can anybody say overconfident? We’ve got three polls out today, two of them at one point and one poll at three points. As predicted, it’s tightening up. Moving on again to Senator Biden. Tuesday afternoon, Greeley, Colorado.

BIDEN: We’re gonna fight for every single, solitary vote. I want to remind you, in the middle of October, in the beginning of October, the last two presidential elections, things looked awful good, too. You know what these guys are going to do, they’re going to throw everything from the kitchen sink to the bathroom sink and everything else they can find at Barack Obama and me between now and then, and we cannot, we cannot, we cannot forgo one single, solitary vote, ladies and gentlemen.

RUSH: Doesn’t sound like Chuck Schumer there, does he? Schumer, ‘Oh, yeah, 300 electoral votes, the tectonic plates are shifting out there.’ And smoking Joe out here is concerned here that they may not be able to cheat, get every vote that they need. Here is Obama. Now, this is yesterday, Channel 9 in Washington, the host Derek McGinty, ‘Your running mate raised a few eyebrows recently when he suggested in the first six months of your administration if you’re to win, your enemies will test you some kind of drastic way. Do you agree with that? What’s he basing that on? Does Senator Biden know something we don’t know?’

OBAMA: No, he doesn’t. I — I — I think, uh, what Joe was trying to say is that any president is going to be severely tested, uh, and —


OBAMA: — because —


OBAMA: — of the legacy of —


OBAMA: — two wars, we got —


OBAMA: — one in Iraq, one in —


OBAMA: — Afghanistan.


OBAMA: Bin Laden is still —


OBAMA: — at large —


OBAMA: — and a lot of times —


OBAMA: — terrorists —


OBAMA: — have tried to —


OBAMA: — deal with transition —


OBAMA: — periods —


OBAMA: — in governments by —


OBAMA: — launching attacks.

RUSH: Uh. Yeah. Okay, again, said nothing. Peggy Noonan, David Brooks, David Frum thought it was brilliant. He said nothing. Now, we’ve got additional Biden sound bites on this guaranteeing world calamity. The McCain campaign forced the Drive-Bys into playing all of the Biden bites, the better ones. NBC, they were suppressing the good ones. Here is Senator Biden at a fundraiser Sunday in Seattle.

BIDEN: The whole world is waiting, folks. The whole world is waiting. I know almost every one of these major leaders in the world by their first name, not because I’m important, but because they were young parliamentarians when I was coming up —

RUSH: Yeah, yeah.

BIDEN: We’ve been hanging around a long time.

RUSH: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah.

BIDEN: I’ll tell you what, and mark my words, within the next — first six months of this administration, if we win, they’re going to bring — we’re going to face a major international challenge because they’re gonna want to test him just like they did young John Kennedy. They’re going to want to test him, and they’re going to find out this guy’s got steel in his spine.

RUSH: Now, that’s the sound bite they were all playing yesterday. He’s got steel in his spine. They left a whole lot out. By the way, what nobody else is talking about, at least the Drive-Bys, he did the same thing Saturday night in San Francisco. This was not a swerve of Joe Biden’s mouth running off. This was calculated, and I think it was specifically because he was privy to the foreign policy briefing that both transition teams got last week. I know guys like Biden. When Biden knows something nobody else knows he can’t keep it to himself. He is dying to tell us what he learned, because he wants us to know how in-the-know he is. But he can’t divulge the specifics. So what he did, he went out there, ‘Trust me, mark my words, I know this, this young man is going to be tested. That’s as close as he could get to telling us something we don’t know that he does know. He’s that kind of person. You know these kind of people. So it’s obvious that he got these things, he’s got this information, and it must be pretty bad for him to go out and guarantee this. Here is another bite with Biden in Seattle on Sunday, comparing Obama to JFK and blah, blah, blah.

BIDEN: Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old president of the United States America, remember I said, if you remember anything else I said, watch, we’re going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy. I could give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate.

RUSH: Listen.

BIDEN: He’s going to need help. And the kind of help he’s going to need is he’s going to need you, not financially, we’re going to need you to use your influence, your influence in the community to stand with him, because it’s not going to be apparent initially, it’s not going to be apparent that we’re right.

RUSH: Now, this is just amazing. He’s saying he knows it’s going to be a generated crisis, and it’s going to be bad, and it is going to happen. Four or five scenarios and he’s going to need help. He’s going to need your help. Don’t lose your support, don’t let the polls go down. You gotta stay and use your influence in the community, stand with him, ’cause it’s not going to be apparent we’re doing the right thing. So what’s going to happen is, we’re going to have this, whatever it is, this incident, Obama’s gonna handle it all wrong, and Biden is saying, please, still love us! Hang in with the guy! I have no clue what the incident is going to be. He obviously knows. Let’s see. These are the things that the Drive-Bys, ladies and gentlemen, tried to suppress, and, ‘Oh, everybody president gets attacked.’

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