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Senator Ted Cruz On SCOTUS And The Justices He’d Appoint

Monday, June 29, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Senator Ted Cruz joined me today:




HH: Joined now by United States Senator and candidate for the presidency, Ted Cruz. Senator Cruz, great to see you, and I met your father this weekend.

TC: Fantastic. In Denver, I take it?

HH: In Denver. He told me that he was in the courtroom when you argued Medellin before the United States Supreme Court. Talk about pressure, having your dad at your back.

TC: Well, he was. You know, he has been at my back and standing with me my whole life, so it was pressure, although I’ll tell you, the attacks coming from nine justices on the front were probably more intimidating than my dad seated behind me.

HH: Now Senator Cruz, in the last few days, I did not hear what you said about the aftermath of the Obamacare decision being the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history. I think your opponents are distorting what you said. I think you said some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history. Is that correct?

TC: That is correct. I said exactly what you put, some of the darkest hours. And in 24 hours, we had two decisions that fundamentally undermined our Constitution, that as Justice Scalia powerfully put it in dissent, that pose a threat to our democracy. On Thursday, a majority of the Court violated the law, rewrote Obamacare to force that failed law on millions of Americans. And on Friday, a majority of the Court violated the Constitution and purported to strike down the marriage laws that had been adopted democratically by state legislatures throughout our nation. Continue Reading

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Senator Rick Santorum On The Supreme Court Decisions And The Judges He’d Appoint

Monday, June 29, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

The Audio:


The Transcript:

HH: Joined now by United States Senator Rick Santorum, formerly the United States Senator from the great state of Pennsylvania. I say that with a choke in my voice. And he is also the winner of the Iowa Caucuses in 2012. As I wrote at my Washington Examiner column today, “Rick Santorum remains by far the most underrated of the GOP field. His experience both as a senator and a candidate shows in his unfailing good humor and ready answers for any question of substance. He may be sent to the kiddie table debates in August and September, but he will know how to use the great time allocations given those candidates. I said it four years ago, I say it again. Don’t underestimate the product of Western Pennsylvania, where nothing is easy, and everything is earned.” Senator Santorum, welcome back, what do you make of that?

RS: Well, thank you very much, sir. Very kind of you, and I couldn’t agree with you more.

HH: Okay, so that means I’ve got to pick up where I left off just now with Ted Cruz, the hardest question right now. You were a Senator, he is a Senator. You both love the legislative filibuster. I’m ready to throw it overboard if that’s what it takes to get rid of Obamacare. When I asked you off the record in the green room, you gave me an answer. I want you to give your answer to the American people. If it came down to getting rid of Obamacare root and branch, and saving the legislative filibuster, which would Rick Santorum pick?

RS: Well, the answer is we don’t have to use, have to worry about the legislative filibuster to get rid of Obamacare. You can use a process called reconciliation, which is a process that allows the House and Senate to pass a bill. If you can pass a budget, a budget requires a 50% vote, both the House, 51% of both of the House and Senate. You can pass a budget with an instruction called a reconciliation instruction, and it’s all gobbled-gook, but the bottom line is if you can do so with an instruction to fix the health care bill, and either increase or decrease the budget by a particular amount to do that, then you have the authority to come back with a tax bill that will implement that, which means you can get rid of all of the fees, you can get rid of all of the taxes, and get rid of all of the spending. And you can, if we can gut Obamacare with that bill, and then the second thing you need to do is put in place provision that then replaced it. Now is it going to be a perfect way of doing this? No, because there’s a lot of language that you would like to have that you can’t put in there. But you can get rid of it, and put a template in place for building a new system that is going to be based on consumer choice and freedom, and a government treating all taxpayers the same with respect to supporting their health care purchases they would make in the private sector as opposed to what the government tells you have to buy. Continue Reading

Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith On A Media Organization Declaring Its Political Opinions

Monday, June 29, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith joined me today to discuss his media platform’s editorial position on SSM and how it will impact how it covers the issue:




HH: In between, @BuzzFeedBen, Ben Smith is the editor of BuzzFeed. I tracked him down in Latvia this weekend, and then he fled to Paris to avoid me. But now, he’s back in the States. He’s been extradited to appear on the Hugh Hewitt Show. Hello, Ben.

BS: Thanks for having me on, Hugh.

HH: You can’t escape.

BS: You got me confused.

HH: Yeah, you can’t escape the Hugh Hewitt Show. Ben, I got my Twitter feed after the marriage decision came down.

BS: You really did nail me, though. I said I’m in Latvia, and you were like, well, they have phones there. And I couldn’t argue with that.

HH: But what was the, I couldn’t figure it out first. I’ve subsequently done some research, and I see the quote that set it off. But what would you explain the controversy about BuzzFeed to people who don’t know what it was about last week?

BS: I don’t really think there, I mean, I guess I don’t really think there was much of a controversy, or at least I didn’t see. There were like, I’ve been tweeting with three people today – Tim Carney and a guy named, just, I mean, but I’m not sure like three or four people make a controversy. But I think we have, we drafted and published a Standards Guide and an Ethics Guide several months ago, and I think we’ve been wrestling with something I’m sure you think about a lot, which is, although I think I probably come down somewhere a bit differently from you, which is you know, is it possible to, look, what is the tradition that used to be called kind of objective journalism, mainstream media journalism, the tradition the New York Times and the Washington Post come out of, which is the tradition I come out of? You know, how do you do that in a way that, you know, that’s honest with your readers? And I think you know, there’s always been, for a long time, been this debate both on the right and on the left saying come on, you guys, stop lying, don’t conceal your opinions. We know you have real opinions. And at the same time, of course, everyone has a set of implicit opinions about, you know, you don’t have to say, Hugh, that like you oppose racism and that you favor free speech. Those are obviously baked into your coverage, just as much as they’re baked into the New York Times’ coverage. Continue Reading

Evan Thomas On “Being Nixon”

Monday, June 29, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Evan Thomas joined me today to discuss Being Nixon:





HH: I’m devoting the first hour and a half today to a different book not my own. The book is called Being Nixon. It’s by Evan Thomas, It’s an extraordinary book. Now those of you who have listened to me, next week marks the 15th anniversary of the Hugh Hewitt Show. I have never interviewed an author about a Nixon book before, never, because they never got even close. And Evan Thomas, I’m breaking the rule for you, because you got the old man better than anyone has. I hope other Nixon people have told you that.

ET: I tried. Yeah, I mean, I certainly talked to a lot of Nixon people, and I try. He’s a hard guy to get. Look, this is not an easy code to crack, but he’s a fascinating person. He was much more of a human being than Hollywood ever gave him credit for, or the old East Coast media establishment, of which I’m a member. I mean, he’s endlessly interesting, and people need to know that. He’s not the cartoon you think he is.

HH: I want to begin with the fact you are Harvard and UVA Law. I’m a Harvard guy. Nixon hired me when I was 22 years old, again, breaking his rule of contempt for Harvard. He did it again and again. And whether it’s Kissinger or Moynihan or me or anybody in between, he just had that rule and he broke it.

ET: That’s a funny, he was always saying get rid of those Harvard blank, blank, blank. No Harvard, no Harvard, and then he hires as his two top aides coming into office, he hires Henry Kissinger, a Harvard professor, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a Harvard professor, one foreign affairs, the other domestic. So Nixon, you know, could carry on about things, but as John Mitchell, his attorney general, famously said, watch what we do, not what we say. And you’ve got to remember that about Nixon, because he could carry on about things. But you have to watch what he actually does. Continue Reading

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