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CNN’s Mark Preston On The Amendment To The 9/16 Debate Rules

Tuesday, September 1, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

CNN’s Mark Preston joined me at the start of today’s program to explain the amendment to CNN’s debate rules:

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HH: I’m joined now by CNN’s Mark Preston where’s he’s executive editor of CNN politics. You can follow him on Twitter, “@PrestonCNN.” Mark, welcome. Carly Fiorina was just with me, congratulating CNN on its decision. I thought you should come on and explain to people the amendment you made today and why you did so.

MP: Thanks for having me. So, this is a very complicated process, obviously, when you’re putting together these presidential debates and trying to forecast who’s actually going to be in the top ten and should be on-stage together, talking. A couple of things. One is, we were trying to be inclusionary – not exclusionary – looking at the current state of the race. Let me just give you some historical analysis and how we decide to put people on the debate or at least have them qualify for it. If you go back to 2011, there were fifteen national polls taken from the first of August to mid-September. In 2007, there were sixteen polls that were taken in that same time period. Currently where we stand right now, there have been only three national polls since the Fox debate which is amazing, especially given the amount of interest given in the race, the amount of people that have watched it. So what we decided to do, although our original criteria -which was drafted back in May and made public and very transparent – what we decided is to amend it. And how we amended it is that we have added an additional qualification to a candidate who is performing well after the Fox debate. I know there’s been a lot of focus on Carly Fiorina and a lot of people think that it will be Carly Fiorina who will be added to the stage. But the bottom line is, we really don’t know who is going to be added to the stage. If the qualifying period were to close today, Hugh, Carly Fiorina would be on the stage. And for all our listeners out there – because this is so complicated – we would not be excluding anybody from the stage. So in fact, instead of ten people on the stage, Hugh, you’re going to get a chance to ask questions of eleven people. But having said that, people could still drop out. People still might not hit the original criteria and they could drop out or somebody doesn’t do well enough to be in the top ten but during this time period to be added to the debate, and I know it’s– Continue Reading

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Carly Fiorina On The Amendment To The CNN Debate Rules

Tuesday, September 1, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Carly Fiorina joined me at the start of today’s show to comment on CNN’s decision to amend the rules governing the 9/16 debate:

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HH: So pleased to bring you breaking news. CNN has amended its rules for the debate in which I will participating as a panelist on September 16th, and the person most likely to benefit from that amendment is joining me now live on the line, Carly Fiorina. Hello Carly. Welcome. It’s good to have you back.

CF: Well, thank you so much, Hugh. And really, I’m calling to say thank you. Thank you to you. Thank you to all your listeners. Your listeners put a lot of pressure on CNN and CNN responded. Good for them. It’s good for the RNC. Thank you so much. Continue Reading

Senator Lindsey Graham On 2016

Tuesday, September 1, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham joined me on the program today:

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HH: I’m joined by United States Senator Lindsey Graham of the great state of South Carolina. Senator Graham, welcome back, always a pleasure to talk to you.

LG: Thank you, Hugh. Glad to be with you.

HH: I wanted to begin by asking you, I want to spend most of my time on defense.

LG: Okay.

HH: But there is this story underway right now in Kentucky where a county clerk, Ms. Davis, is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples despite the courts of federal and state telling her to do so. What’s your opinion on what she ought to do here, Senator?

LG: As a public official, comply with the law or resign.

HH: And no middle ground, right? The rule of law is the rule of law?

LG: The rule of law is the rule of law. That’s what we are. We are a rule of law nation, and I appreciate her conviction. I support traditional marriage, but she’s accepted a job where she has to apply the law to everyone. And that’s her choice.

HH: All right, now I want to switch over to Defense spending. I have had John Kasich on twice in the last couple of weeks. At one point, he called for up to fifteen carrier groups. One thing he said, and I understood him to mean the sequester had to go, but some people misunderstood it. And yesterday, he came on and said the sequester has to go. Will you support anyone who, for the Republican nomination, who doesn’t support repealing the sequester on Defense?

LG: No, not at all, because we’re on track to have the smallest army since 1940 under sequestration, the smallest navy since 1915. By 2021, we’ll spend 2.3% of GDP on Defense, and the historical average is around 5%. The threats to our nation are overwhelming in number and location, so I would not, but I’m glad to hear that John, here’s what I want all of our people to say. As president of the United States, my number one priority will be to rebuild the military, set aside these Defense cuts under sequestration, move to a 500,000 person army, well north of 300 ships, replenish the Air Force, and deal with a two-contingency Marine Corps, and get Defense spending up to where it’s historically been, and rebuild our intelligence capability that’s been reduced. Continue Reading

Ohio Governor John Kasich

Monday, August 31, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Ohio Governor John Kasich joined me today to discuss defense spending, the sequester and the 2016 election:

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HH: So pleased to welcome back the Buckeyes’ state’s great governor, John Kasich. Governor Kasich, welcome back.

JK: Hi, Hugh. Continue Reading

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