RUSH: Mark, Santa Clara, Utah. Hello, sir. Great to have you with us.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Thanks for taking my call.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: Santa Clara is a suburb of St. George.
RUSH: What is St. George a suburb of?
CALLER: (laughing) St. George is a city in southwestern Utah.
CALLER: High desert country.
RUSH: Well, it’s great to have you on the program and it’s great to learn the geography.
CALLER: There you go. You learn something new every day, right?
RUSH: Yes, even I, I’m happy to admit that, absolutely.
CALLER: There you go. Rush, I’m calling to try to hijack your airwaves to direct my message towards Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
CALLER: I’m desperately attempting to try to get this guy to enter into the presidential race.
RUSH: He said he doesn’t want to.
CALLER: Well, you know, he works for the people, though, he chose his career, and I’m one of the people, and I’m just speaking up, and desperately begging the man to please reconsider. You know, Rush, we have 537 elected federal representatives. Only one has a plan. Five hundred thirty-six are staggering around in circles shooting themselves in the forehead with Botox or whatever they’re doing. One guy has a plan. By Sherlock Holmes’ theory of default, when you eliminate everything else what you have left is your answer. Apparently Paul Ryan is our answer.
RUSH: You should know that the Wall Street Journal editorial board has I think today, if I’m right about this, just endorsed the economic plan of Jon Huntsman. Now, they previously endorsed the economic plan of Paul Ryan. Yes, “Last month the same editorial writers called on fiscal conservatives like Rep. Paul Ryan and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to enter the GOP presidential race — calling the declared candidates a ‘weak field.’ But weeks later it seems conservative intellectual class has found its candidate in Huntsman.” So the Wall Street Journal, since Ryan said he’s not gonna run, they just today have endorsed, or this week have endorsed the economic plan of Huntsman. I don’t think they’ve endorsed his candidacy per se.
CALLER: I’m not even familiar with his economic plan.
RUSH: Nor am I.
CALLER: The reason I’m a fan of Paul Ryan is because he has the courage to actually come up with a plan —
CALLER: — and also I watched him at the love fest for the health care symposium or whatever it was on a Friday afternoon where the Republicans went to the White House and Paul Ryan stood up and asked the president, why are we even dealing with something like this when we can’t afford the other entitlements, and the president looked like a deer in the headlights and said, lunchtime.
RUSH: He looked worse, he looked ticked off, he was shooting daggers at Ryan.
CALLER: He does not like him.
RUSH: That’s exactly right, he doesn’t like him.
CALLER: Paul Ryan went after Ben Bernanke one day and said, is not the cruelest thing that you can do to a society to monetize its currency, and Ben Bernanke’s answer was it would be if we weren’t gonna pay it back, which you know how they pay that money back.
RUSH: Yeah, I do.
CALLER: That works out. Anyway, I’m trying to focus this — and what I would suggest is that perhaps Congressman Ryan could call your show and explain why he feels that — or maybe he could tell you who he feels is a better candidate for president.
RUSH: I don’t think he’s —
CALLER: I’m hoping something like that could occur.
RUSH: I don’t think he’s going to do that at this stage.
CALLER: What’s that?
RUSH: I don’t think Ryan’s gonna identify a candidate yet.
CALLER: Well —
RUSH: I could be wrong.
CALLER: I’m a guy who shoots off the cuff, and, Rush, I am so concerned about the economic state of affairs that we’re in right now that I see our upcoming presidential election
should be some sort of a referendum on a reality. The American people have to choose between this current utopian, progressive vision that we have, and some sort of a fiscally responsible vision, and we have to have somebody on the other side to argue that point. And right now, quite frankly, I look at the whole A-Team, and it doesn’t impress me one bit, not one bit. So I’m using your valuable airtime to plead with Congressman Paul Ryan. The Republican A-Team, the first stringers, okay? I’m unimpressed and, quite frankly, most of the people I know who are of —
RUSH: Well, I’ll tell you, John Fund has a piece out today that runs at NewsMax.com in which he says that Sarah Palin is not going to run. Instead, she is going to endorse Rick Perry. That’s what Fund says.
RUSH: Now, I had a caller who wanted to know about Paul Ryan, why isn’t Paul Ryan gonna run? He actually explained it last night. He was with CNN political chief analyst Gloria Borger. She interviewed Paul Ryan. She said, “You’ve been getting pressure from people like Bill Bennett and Bill Kristol and others to get into this race and you decided in the end that you didn’t want to do that. Why?”
RYAN: A lot of people tried to convince me that I should jump in this race. As you can tell, the race has not formed fully yet, my answer really hasn’t changed. If I really wanted to run for president, I would have done it months ago. I think in any job in politics you can have balance with your family, but I’m not so sure you can do that with this particular job. And so I just couldn’t get over that, and when other people want you to run for president more badly than you yourself do, I think that kind of says something.
RUSH: Yeah. So it’s the family, can’t balance family with this gig, just can’t do it. I’m trying to think, some of you Reagan veterans are gonna have to tell me but I do remember the Reagan Kitchen Cabinet gathered Reagan and persuaded him to run and said, “We need you, pal.” I think Reagan was in part talked into it. I’m not saying that Reagan had no desire to do it and the Kitchen Cabinet did all the heavy lifting and persuaded him to do it, but I do know that there was a loyal cadre of people. I also know that that kind of arrangement would be illegal today, not that it was illegal then, just that laws today are such that you couldn’t get people together with money like that back then in those days to set up an organization necessary to do it. Laws have changed in such a way.