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RUSH: Here’s Ralph in Houston. You’re next, sir. Great to have you with us on Open Line Friday. Hi.

CALLER: Hi, Mr. Limbaugh. Thank you for taking my call.

RUSH: You bet.

CALLER: Dittos. I have a simple question. Whenever you read a story in a newspaper or hear a report on the television news broadcasts about a state that is Republican controlled, they always refer to that as a red state.

RUSH: Yes.

CALLER: I’m a little bit younger than you are, but when I was growing up, you know, you always hear Red China, you think communist countries, you see red flags. Who is the one to determine that Republican states would be called red and the Democrat’s blue?

RUSH: I think this was either the media or the Democrats themselves who came up with the categorization. The reason that Democrat states are called blue is because the color of unions is blue. Blue-collar, blue this, blue that. Obama’s logo color is blue. They didn’t want any association with red whatsoever, precisely for the reason that you mentioned. But they’re blue states because they’re blue-collar, unions are blue.

CALLER: Well, that makes sense. I hadn’t thought of that.

RUSH: Well, that’s what I’m here. That’s what Open Line Friday is for. See, you have used the opportunity extremely wisely. Kudos to you.

CALLER: Thank you.

RUSH: You bet. Glad you called, sir. All the best. Have a great weekend.

CALLER: Thank you. And the same to you, Mr. Limbaugh.

RUSH: Thanks very much.

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