RUSH: Portland, Oregon, this is Sarah. It’s great to have you on the EIB Network. Hi.
RUSH: Sarah, hello? Testing, one, two, three.
RUSH: Are you there?
RUSH: This is not Sarah. Let’s move on to somebody —
CALLER: Yes, I’m here.
RUSH: Oh, you are Sarah?
RUSH: What were you doing?
CALLER: I’m sorry, I was on the phone — on my cell phone with my son. But okay I’m off the phone with him, and, um, I’m with you.
RUSH: Well, how do you know I was trying to get to you if you’re on the phone with your son?
RUSH: Oh, so you’re using two phones at the same time.
CALLER: Well… (laughing) Yeah, pretty nifty.
RUSH: That’s how important your son is to you. Okay, I appreciate that.
CALLER: Yeah, he is. And he’s a Rush Baby, 25.
RUSH: Well, I totally understand that, too.
CALLER: I gotta tell you, we disagree with you on a lot of things.
RUSH: You and your son?
CALLER: Pardon me?
RUSH: You and your son disagree with me?
CALLER: And, you know, Rush, I want to bring this to your attention right off the bat.
CALLER: You know, he was with some friends, uh, this weekend watching a game, and um, they — one of the guys asked him about — started to ask him about what he thought of Ron Paul.
CALLER: And my son goes, “Oh, no, not this again,” and then what it turned out was all of them are supporting him. Some have left the Democrat Party —
CALLER: — and they’re in the Republican Party now, and I’m just… I’m bringing this to the attention of you and whoever else wants to pay attention to it, because this is serious. You know, we believe and seriously believe that he is the only one who’s proposing real cuts.
CALLER: And not wanting to start another war does not make him an isolationist. He’s the one who — who believes in free trade, and, you know, all the other candidates, I’m sorry to say, whether it’s Newt or Mitt —
CALLER: — and I know you’re right about Mitt, they want him to go up against Obama, ’cause they know he won’t win. But neither will any of those other guys.
RUSH: Including Ron Paul.
CALLER: — and if one of them does win —
RUSH: Jeez. I mean, of all the people on our side —
RUSH: — who have the least chance.
CALLER: Well, that’s where you’re wrong.
RUSH: Uh, no.
CALLER: There are Democrats who like him, there are independents who like him, and there are Republicans. You can’t say that about any other candidate.
RUSH: Uh, he doesn’t have enough Republicans to secure victory.
CALLER: Well, that’s because people like you keep saying ridiculous things about him that aren’t true!
CALLER: Oh, like calling him an isolationist.
RUSH: I don’t think I ever have called him an isolationist. I think you’re reading from a script. I’ve never called him an isolation — let me ask you a question.
CALLER: Yes, you have!
RUSH: No, I haven’t.
CALLER: Yes, you have.
RUSH: I don’t say that. The word is not at the forefront of my lexicon.
RUSH: I don’t use it because it doesn’t say enough.
CALLER: Well, you say other things about him that aren’t true.
RUSH: Like what?
RUSH: Do you think 9/11 was America’s fault? Ron Paul does.
CALLER: No, he’s not saying that!
RUSH: Yes, he does. You know what? I understand what he’s talking about. When I first heard that, I felt the same way you did. I got that knee-jerk reaction.
RUSH: It’s not knee-jerk.
CALLER: We are so mixed up with the Middle East everywhere over there —
CALLER: — and that is what he’s talking about. People — how would you like — (crosstalk)
RUSH: Do you think the Iranians…?
CALLER: How would you like it if —
RUSH: Do you think the Iranians should get a nuclear weapon to protect themselves against us?
CALLER: Why…? How would you like it if they were some other country was invading us all the time?
RUSH: Well, you know —
CALLER: You wouldn’t like it. We would not like it!
RUSH: Well, a country isn’t, but an idea is — and Ron Paul doesn’t think it’s a problem.
CALLER: Doesn’t think what’s a problem?
RUSH: The idea that is trying to wipe us out.
CALLER: That’s not true at all.
RUSH: Militant Islam. He’s content for them to get nuclear weapons!
CALLER: No. See, there you go.
RUSH: I’m just telling you what he’s says!
CALLER: You’re saying things that are not true. All this is on his website.
RUSH: I’m just telling you what he says!
CALLER: Do you know what my friend from Cuba says? That when that Patriot Act was passed —
RUSH: All right.
CALLER: — I was for that, and he said, “No, that is not good,” and he from Cuba —
RUSH: Now you’re gonna quote “a friend” —
CALLER: — and I think he understands what’s going on here.
RUSH: — in Cuba.
CALLER: We’re losing our civil liberties, and nobody seems to understand that except Ron Paul.
RUSH: Come on. You’re not a listener.
CALLER: Ron Paul!
RUSH: Your son’s not a Rush Baby. You’re a liberal Democrat. You want Paul. You’re trying to sabotage us.
RUSH: By the way, who is attacking Iran, anyway? The caller said, “Hey, if you’re Iran and you were being attacked, wouldn’t you want a nuclear weapon?” In fact, Ron Paul has said — it was a quote — Ron Paul has said, “If I were an Iranian, IÂ’d like to have a nuclear weapon, too, because you gain respect from them. (Israel)” I don’t know who’s attacking Iran. But I do know that Ron Paul has suggested that we deserved it on 9/11, that we brought it on ourselves by supporting Israel and meddling in those people’s lives over there. We brought it on. We gotta understand it. We’re responsible for this stuff.
Anyway, how you doing, folks? Great to have you here as we kick off brand-new week of broadcast excellence.
Snerdley is apologizing for that call. It’s a ten-dollar fine. I’m gonna start instituting financial fines on you. You’ve been doing this 23 years, you ought to be able to spot these people from a larger, longer distance now, farther distance. What did she say? (talking) hm-hm. Okay. Snerdley says the way he got snookered here was that she said to him that she wanted to ask me who I thought the best candidate to beat Obama was. And Snerdley, of course, is oriented toward all callers making the host look good so he, using that rubric said, “Well, you know, Rush might grand slam with this,” okay, hang on, and puts her on hold. And then she immediately gets on the phone with her supposed Rush Baby son and, “Okay, I’m in, I’m in, I’m in, now what do I do?” That’s what was going on out there while she was on hold.
But, anyway, I think Ron Paul ought to run for president of Iran. I think he ought to just enter the fray over there, make his case to the mullahs and say, “Look, I can do a better job than Ahmadinejad’s doing for you.”