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RUSH: Chris in Phoenix, Arizona, great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello, sir.

CALLER: Hello. How you doing today?

RUSH: Very good. Appreciate that.

CALLER: I just wanted to bring up the fact Herman Cain being attacked so much and get your thoughts on the fact that they haven’t said anything about Romney, really, and I believe that they haven’t said anything about Romney because they want to run against Romney because he’s the most like Obama. He’s the white version of Obama, in my opinion.

RUSH: What do you mean, the white version of Obama?

CALLER: Meaning, in 2008 or when Obama was gonna be elected, he ran on hope and change, right? Well, I think that Romney is trying to be just as slick and just as cunning as Obama because he’s just like him. I think he’s a flip-flopper and he’s just like Obama in a lot of aspects, just like with Romneycare and stuff like that.

RUSH: Okay. Well, then who is the “they” that’s not attacking Romney, that is attacking Cain —

CALLER: The mainstream media.

RUSH: The media.

CALLER: Yes, sir. I think the mainstream media is not attacking Romney because they know that Romney’s the closest thing to Obama —

RUSH: So if Obama’s to lose, then they want Romney to win ’cause he’s the closest?

CALLER: Yes, sir.

RUSH: That’s what you’re thinking. Okay. So if Obama is to lose, they want Romney in there?

CALLER: Yes, sir. Because he’s got the same — well, not the same exact policies, but close to the same policies.

RUSH: Well, I don’t know. I think we gotta be a little bit more open-minded and fair to Obama in this comparison. To be perfectly honest about it, Obama’s not a flip-flopper.

CALLER: I know that. Romney is.

RUSH: His socialism and extreme leftism are solid. He never moves off of it.

CALLER: Yes, sir, I know that. But my point was I think that Romney being a flip-flopper shows that we can’t trust him as Americans, and the reason why I think that he’s just like Obama mostly is because if you look at him in the debates he’s real slick, he’s a fast talker, and that’s exactly what Obama was. If you remember, when Obama was running he didn’t say anything about what he really wanted to change. He just said we’re gonna change, we want hope, we want change.

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: What has he changed? What have we got hope for these days?

RUSH: Well, the only problem with your theory is that I don’t think the media is looking at the possibility of any Republican winning.

CALLER: Well, yeah. I think that as well —

RUSH: You’ve really insulted them now. You’ve insulted them. You’ve used this show to insult the media, it’s a pretty good insult, too, I mean to tell ’em that they’re even pondering the possibility of a Republican winning, that they would support. Those are fighting words. I expect now because of your call, the journalists hearing your call, we’re gonna get some hits on Romney now just to prove you wrong.

CALLER: Oh, that’s crap. I think the enemy of your enemy is your friend. And I think right now Herman Cain is the enemy of Obama because he’s a black man and he could take away from the black vote from Obama and he actually has substance backing what he’s trying to say.

RUSH: Well, look, I said that to be fair to Obama, in comparison to Romney is he’s not a flip-flopper. But on Romney’s side, Romney is much more articulate than Obama. He’s not addicted to teleprompter like Obama is. But the media, there is no period of time, there is no era before Obama. They can’t even ponder such a thing.

CALLER: I know.

RUSH: I also think Hillary Clinton is the white version of Obama, not Romney.

CALLER: Yes, sir, I believe that, too. That she’s the woman white version of Obama.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: I think that Romney, he’s just a slick talker, you know? I think he’s just like Obama was when he was trying to run and, like I said, talking about “hope and change,” and what has he changed and what do we have hope for besides a crappy future for kids? And, you know, I’m only 23. I’m a conservative, I’ve never gone to college, and I —

RUSH: Well, you really don’t like Romney. I can tell.

CALLER: Well, it’s not that I don’t like Romney as a person. I just like Herman Cain. I think everything he’s said and done would be good for the country. You know, minus all the crap that the mainstream media is saying about him about these ladies. I think they’re just trying to pull the wool over our eyes and get us to vote for somebody who’s more like Obama because they know that Herman Cain —

RUSH: Well, what do you think of the media’s effort last night and today to portray Cain as an absolute blithering idiot when it comes to foreign policy, for example? You’ve seen the video.

CALLER: I think he did the right thing in taking a second to think about what the question was so that way he could answer it in a, you know, truthful, educated way.

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: And I think it takes you a couple seconds when somebody throws a question like that out at you that you need to think about what you’re gonna say before you say it.

RUSH: Well, he did that. There’s no question.

CALLER: Exactly.

RUSH: There’s question. Had Perry not done it beforehand there wouldn’ta been anything to compare it to. You know, Perry couldn’t remember the third federal agency he wanted to shut down in the debate, then here comes Herman Cain with the 11-second pause in his answer on Libya. But it doesn’t sound like any of that phases you. Doesn’t sound like it. In fact, it doesn’t sound to me like there’s much that could happen that would steer you away from Herman Cain.

CALLER: Well, if it turned out to be factual that these women were telling the truth, that would steer me away from him but that would steer me directly to Newt Gingrich because I think he’s the next best person for the job.

RUSH: A-ha. A-ha! Interesting.

CALLER: And if I could, between the two, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich, I think they’d both be great, being the president, but if one of those two did get the vote for electoral, I think that they should work together as in vice president or president, depending on who gets the vote, because I think they can actually talk to each other and they’re on the same page, and they have somewhat the sort of same ideas.

RUSH: I’m not sure that either of them want to be the veep, but nevertheless, you have an interesting perspective on this. I’m glad you called out there, Chris. I have to take a brief time-out here. (interruption) What? What? Do I think what? (interruption) Do I think Obama was rolling off the mirror? Do I think Obama was wrong on Libya? Yeah. (interruption) Of course I think he was wrong on Libya. (interruption) What, it didn’t take my 11 seconds to come up with that answer? (interruption) No. No, of course he’s wrong on Libya. He’s wrong on the whole “Arab spring” thing. He’s wrong on all of that. (interruption) No! No! All we’ve got is the Muslim Brotherhood rising up against Israel in every one of these countries. That’s what this is all about. (interruption) I don’t know why it didn’t take Herman Cain less than 11 seconds to answer. I don’t have any idea. Don’t know. Anyway, as I say, Chris, thanks for the call. I appreciate it.

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