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Recent Candidate Interviews: Audio and Transcripts

Thursday, September 3, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Making it easy to research what the candidates have said on my show in the weeks since the first debate on August 6:

Interview with Mike Huckabee, 8/28/15

Interview with Jeb Bush, 8/14/15

Interview with Ted Cruz on 8/31/15,  8/14/15

Interview with Lindsey Graham on 9/1/15, 8/14/15

Interview with Scott Walker, 8/28/15, 8/13/15

Interview with Donald Trump on 8/26/15,  8/12/15

Interview with Marco Rubio, 8/27/15,  8/12,15

Interview with Chris Christie on 9/2/15,  8/20/15, 8/12/15

Interview with Rick Perry, 8/21/15

Interview with Rick Santorum, 8/12/15

Interview with Bobby Jindal, 8/18/15

Interview with John Kasich on 8/31/15, 8/26/15,  8/21/15, 8/11/15

Interview with Carly Fiorina on 9/1/15, 8/26/15,  8/10/15

Post-Debate Interview with Dr. Ben Carson, 8/7/15

Post-Debate Interview with Carly Fiorina, 8/19/15, 8/7/15

Pre-first debate interviews from 2015 are compiled here.


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Responding to Outrageous Liberal Stuff

Thursday, September 3, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

The liberal contention, pretty much since Rush Limbaugh first made the scene, has been that conservatives are a bunch of angry, thoughtless, neanderthal reactionaries.  Sometimes we act that way – it is natural.  The libs say and do things that are so unattached from reality that our incredulity causes us to raise our voice in astonishment.  And then they act on such things and we express ourselves in angry sounding tones more out of frustration than actual anger.  And thus they bait us into supporting their argument.  It requires an enormous amount of discipline to overcome this cycle for the more outrageous they become the more tempting it is to respond with incredulity and frustration.

And yet never has the time been better for us to exercise that discipline.  Hillary Clinton is in complete meltdown.  The WSJ went after her tooth and toenail this morning, and a State Department IT staffer is hiding behind the Fifth Amendment.  It is utterly outrageous that she remains viable as she is as a candidate.  The sheer audacity of her soldiering on under this sort of stuff, when any person of anything other than out-of-control ego would withdraw in shame, is almost beyond comprehension.  One wants to walk up to her and ask “What the he%% are you thinking?”

David Benkof at the Daily Beast does a marvelous job of pointing out how a County Clerk in Kentucky is subject to massive public ridicule for “failing to uphold the law,” while government officials of far more import on the other side of the issue were praised to the highest when they were civilly disobedient. The double standard cannot help but create a desire to at a minimum punch a hole in the wall.

But control ourselves we must.  Patience is the key.  These things are ultimately self-defeating, yet if we respond in the incredulity and frustration we naturally feel we at a minimum delay that self-defeat and at worst create and an opportunity for it to be avoided. Continue Reading

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie On 2016, The Iran Deal, And Gun Violence

Wednesday, September 2, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joined me on the show today:




HH: On a very bad day for America, I begin with Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey. Governor Christie, welcome, it’s always good to talk to you, even though today, the President got the 34th vote he needs to uphold the Iran deal.

CC: Well, Hugh, let me just say this. Senator Mikulski, Senator Coons, Senator Casey, the President of the United States, the Secretary of State, and the former Secretary of State are now all responsible for any conduct Iran engages in across the world – terrorist activity they sponsor, indirectly or directly, they’re responsible for any deaths that occur. They’re responsible for any threat to Israel, and any threat to the United States, all of which are going to come because of this ridiculous agreement that this president has pushed through purely for what he believes will be his legacy. And this is the one place I agree with the President. This will be his legacy. And he will rank behind Warren Harding among presidents for having done this.

HH: Now this is a nightmare on many grounds. And Ambassador Bolton has written that the last hope the West has actually now is that Israel acts alone, independently to cripple the program to the extent that they can. If Israel does that, even though you don’t know the circumstances, Chris Christie, will you stand unequivocally with Bibi Netanyahu and his government?

CC: Israel is absolutely entitled to act in what they believe to be their sovereign interests. And no country should be able to tell Israel how to do that, especially given the circumstances of Israel’s formation. And so the Israelis have every right to do what they believe is in the best national interest. And as president, I would be supportive of that. Continue Reading

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank On Hillary And The Manhattan-Beltway Media Elite

Wednesday, September 2, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank wrote about Hillary’s critics today, and joined me this afternoon to discuss Hillary and her critics:




HH: I begin this hour, though, with Dana Milbank, columnist for the Washington Post. You can follow Dana online at Twitter, of course, @DanaMilbank and at and I’m celebrating. It’s a rare moment of agreement between Dana Milbank and I. I, too, was underwhelmed by James O’Keefe’s latest expose of Hillary. Dana, welcome, good to talk to you.

DM: A pleasure to talk with you, Hugh.

HH: So I saw the column today, and I thought okay, let’s break this down into two parts. The James O’Keefe part, and why don’t you describe what James O’Keefe, known for Project Veritas, tried to interest the D.C. press corps in this week and failed to do so.

DM: Well look, I mean, O’Keefe has a pretty successful record if you look at what he did with ACORN, and what he did with NPR. So he got, I think, 50 of us reporters and a dozen TV cameras in there for what he said was going to be evidence of illegal activity by the Clinton campaign. So we thought he had the goods. But then it was basically this transaction for $75 dollars for this Canadian woman who wanted to buy a T-shirt and some pins, and O’Keefe’s videographer, because she evidently couldn’t do this, because that would be considered a foreign contribution, his videographer, an American, facilitated this. And he said well, that was a conduit transaction, and that was illegal, and Hillary is taking foreign contributions. Now I think foreign contributions to, say, the Clinton Foundation in the tens of millions of dollars are a very important and huge issue, but I think this $75 dollar acquisition of a T-shirt and some pins at a Hillary rally are falling a little bit short of scandal. Continue Reading

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