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RUSH: Beth in Boulder, Colorado. I’m glad you waited. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hi.

CALLER: Thank you, Rush. I appreciate you taking my call.

RUSH: You bet.

CALLER: I’m calling today from Boulder because I love freedom, and we’re having our caucuses in Colorado today. This weekend I’ve been listening to the debates, and I wanted to actually see some of the candidates and hear them before I made my decision. I went to the Santorum speech that he gave up in Loveland on Saturday. And I was surprised. I’ve heard a lot in the debate process about jobs and the economy and immigration, and those are vitally important issues, Rush. But I feel like I feel like the most important issue in this election is freedom. I’ve gotten glimmers of that in the debates. You know, when Santorum was talking about health care and challenging Mitt Romney on that, and when Newt was talking earlier in South Carolina, I’ve heard those glimmers. But I haven’t heard anyone come out and express to me as an American, talk to me about my freedom. I went to this speech on Saturday, and it wasn’t a stump. For the next hour, Rick Santorum — he came out, he had no notes, no teleprompter — had a conversation with us as Americans about our freedom. And it was the most amazing thing. It was like the CPAC speech that you gave several years ago —

RUSH: No, nothing’s like that.

CALLER: I’m not saying that, but it was beautiful.

RUSH: I get your point. Yeah.

CALLER: It was amazing. And he started with King George and the French Revolution and how Americans figured out after the French Revolution — a war that was fought on our soil for the benefit of England really by Americans — that basically the government that gives to you can take away from you. And he went from there to the Declaration of Independence and our Founding Fathers, and he dialogued with us about this — or not dialogued because it was a back and forth. But he talked with us about this and how our Founding Fathers laid their lives on the line. They pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor for this and how the French Revolution was going on at the same time. And they had the liberty, yes. They had equality. They had fraternity. And it didn’t work because their freedoms were from each other —

RUSH: Let me just…

CALLER: — unlike our freedoms —

RUSH: Let me tell you something.

CALLER: — in the Declaration of Independence of Independence, which comes from God.

RUSH: Santorum is sneaking up. Public Policy Polling has a story out today (the North Carolina polling firm) that he’s gonna do well in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado. If all these things happen, it could have the potential, the possibility, to upset the applecart — at least from the standpoint of inevitability for Romney. And I find it fascinating. Romney all of a sudden… Now there’s a big opposition research file on Santorum. Now they think they’ve banished Newt, so it’s Santorum. “The only difference between Santorum and a bag of excrement is the bag.” Last week Santorum was the nicest guy in the world! “Sweet guy. So sad about his daughter.”

Today, Santorum is no different than a bag containing excrement. That’s it, and I think it’s too late to pull this. This is typical opposition research. All of the people are sophisticated now. All of a sudden, all this rotten stuff about Santorum? He’s a big government conservative? He is talking about freedom, you’re exactly right. And this HHS, Health and Human Services, mandate against the Catholic Church is a great example of how we are losing our freedom. It’s about how it’s being challenged on all fronts. And I said: Santorum, of the conservatives remaining, is the one with the least baggage in terms of abandoning conservatism at times over his career. I’m glad you called, Beth. I appreciate it.

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