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RUSH: Now, Mitt Romney. Romney, as time goes on, looks presidential. He gets better as a debater. I think he was better last night than he was the previous time, but not backing away from Romneycare is a mistake. He’s gonna have big problems with this.

I think Romney has an uphill climb to win Republican primaries, given the mood of the country, because Romney is in the position here of having to rely on mistakes made by others (in this case Perry) or Romney is going to have to rely on mistakes that he can force others to make. Now, Perry has weaknesses, they all do, but he carries himself as a conservative. You know what the attitude about Perry is? Let me tell you what it is. Right now, without taking a single phone call today I can tell you what the attitude about Perry is in conservative Tea Party circles. I’ll betcha I’m right about this. “Get off this vaccine! Okay, I’ve heard it, I get it. He’s admitted it was a mistake. Okay? And this immigration thing, fine and dandy, but I’ll take Perry over Obama any day!”

That’s what’s going around out there. If you’re a Romney fan, that’s what you’re saying about Romney. “I don’t care about his health care! I’ll take Romney over Obama any day.”
The others on the panel need their supporters to be saying the same things about them. Perry is not gonna back down on his immigration stance. The audience grumbles. You can hear them. The thing is, why does Perry appear strong when he sticks to his position on immigration and Romney looks weak when he sticks up for Romneycare? Because he does. Have you noticed that? Perry seems strong when he defends his positions; Romney doesn’t; and I think that’s probably because Romneycare is Obamacare no matter how many times Romney says states’ rights or laboratory or test or what have you.

Each issue is a problem for the candidate because you just can’t say “states’ rights” and expect to be forgiven for unsound and unpopular decisions or policies. But now here’s a key: Romney and Perry both get hammered for their records as governors. Having a record is tough. Just ask our man-child president who’s trying to pretend that he doesn’t have one. Obama is trying to pretend that he doesn’t have a record. He hasn’t done anything. The problems were so bad, he inherited all this from Bush. It’s worse than he thought. All he’s done is good stuff. He doesn’t have a record but Perry and Romney do, and that’s why, on balance — even during our candidates’ worst moments — they are hands down far superior to Obama.

This is the thing to keep in mind. In the case of Perry and Romney, they have executive experience, their job records are for the most part stellar and their budgets are stellar. They are not anti-capitalists, and they didn’t sit in Jeremiah Wright’s church for 20 years, nor did they pal around with domestic terrors, nor do they have a chip on their shoulders about this country, nor are either of them inclined to run around apologizing for this country. Unlike Obama, both of them (and every Republican on that stage) understands the concept of American exceptionalism, believes in it and wants to bring it back. Every candidate on that stage — and when I say “every candidate” please understand I’m saying Ron Paul and Huntsman out because I think they’re better suited on the Democrat side of this.

I mean that. They really ought to quit the Republican primaries and go over and challenge Obama. It would be far more interesting and they’d be far more at home with what they’re doing. In neither case do you have warmth or even a lightness in their personalities. Herman Cain. People call here and say, “Why didn’t you talk about Herman Cain?” I’ll talk about Herman Cain. Herman Cain last night was on fire. When it came to the EPA, you know, the candidates were asked what would you do to clean the environment. He cited the EPA, you know what he said he would do? He would appoint EPA victims to run it. That is a fabulous idea!

Herman Cain would form a panel of Environmental Protection Agency victims to suggest ways to reform the EPA. Boy, you could do that all the way down: Victims of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, or victims of the US Forest Service, or victims of any other Obama bureaucracies. Let them come in and tell you what’s wrong with it, and let them have a role in reforming it. Blitzer had this question: “What would you bring to the White House?” Cain said, “I’d bring a sense of humor to the White House because America is too uptight.” No question on Fast and Furious last night. No question on Bank of America letting 30,000 people go.

Romney’s worried that Ponzi scheme scares seniors, but he’s not worried that Romneycare scares Republicans. I’m gonna tell you something: In a comparison to those two, Romneycare scares Republicans far more than Ponzi scheme scares senior citizens. This is where political instincts come into play. Romney’s defending the indefensible, which is Romneycare; and he’s attacking the concept of reforming Social Security because he’s saying (paraphrased), “Don’t even bring it up! We can’t win elections by talking about Social Security.” This is not, by the way (I continue to stress here) a pro-Perry comment right now. I haven’t endorsed anybody. Don’t want anybody to misunderstand here. I just think Romney needs to step back and take a look at these issues through a conservative lens.

There’s no political opportunity in taking on positions that sound a lot like what opportunistic Democrats would say. Not in a Republican primary. Now, Romney is not that, but that’s the vibe that he’s putting out right now. Any time you start doing anything that looks like you’re pandering to the media, you’re running the risk here of turning off Republican primary voters. Reform programs that are structured to fail are not good programs. We need to end programs that are hostile to individual liberty, and this is something every Republican ought to be able to agree with on that stage and in these debates.


RUSH: This is Mike, San Antonio, Texas. Welcome, sir. I’m glad you waited.

CALLER: Hey, mega dittos. Been listening to you as far back as I can remember.

RUSH: Well, appreciate that, sir. That’s a long time.

CALLER: Don’t ever retire. Don’t ever retire. Okay, so I wanted to talk with you about the education of foreign nationals. In the border communities in Texas they have spurred the economy on the border cities. What’s happening is they build factories on the Mexican side and factories on the US side, and the companies that build those factories, it’s an assistance to them, it gives them confidence that the engineers and the other people in the factories have a US-based education, you know, a quantifiable intrinsic understanding of what level of education and the skill set —

RUSH: Okay. Let’s cut to the chase on this because time is dwindling. Are you saying that there’s a tacit agreement between Governor Perry and various businesses, go ahead
and educate these kids and then ship ’em across the border to American-made company factories where they can get jobs or businesses, engineers, after being educated —

CALLER: No, the factories are in Mexico.

RUSH: Yeah, across the border, across the Rio Grande, and so the governor of Texas a willing participant in this plan?

CALLER: I think it existed prior to his becoming governor. It’s when I was in college which was long before he was governor. But I know that that has spurred the economy on the border, there’s no question about that.

RUSH: What is spurring the economy on the border? You mean the Mexico side or our side?

CALLER: No, our side. What happens is they pay the Mexican workers a lower wage than they have to in the United States.

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: And so those workers, even though the rate that they earn in Mexico is still good money, like for instance, Levi’s had factories in Juarez, Mexico.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: So they do most of the assembly. They finish the Levi’s jeans in El Paso and, you know, save money for Levi’s, and also have the factory there in El Paso and be able to work both sides.

RUSH: So this is why they’re spending the money to educate the children?

CALLER: That’s how it started. That’s how it started. I can’t speak to the rest of it.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: But I know there are good aspects to it.

RUSH: Well, see, this is another illustration, any governor of Texas is gonna have this kind of baggage, if you want to look at it as baggage, is gonna have this kind of thing when it comes to immigration.

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