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Senator Lindsey Graham On 2016

Tuesday, September 1, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

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

Audio:

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Transcript:

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

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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:

Audio:

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Transcript:

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

JK: Hi, Hugh. Continue Reading

Vice President Cheney And Liz Cheney On Their New Book “Exceptional”

Monday, August 31, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Audio:

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The Transcript:

HH: So pleased to welcome to the program former Vice President Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney, former senior State Department official. Together, they are the authors of a brand new book, Exceptional: Why The World Needs A Powerful America. If you were up this morning, I was holding the book up on Morning Joe saying I think this might change the arc of the campaign. Welcome to both Cheneys. Mr. Vice President, if I can start with you, was it your intention to impact the 2016 campaign on both the Republican side and in the general election?

DC: Well, at the time that we got involved with this project, we thought about it, oh, over a year ago. We actually signed a contract last October. We didn’t know what all was going to be involved in a 17 person field and so forth. What we did want to do was make sure this issue, the national security issues facing the United States, the rising threats and our capacity to deal with them, was front and center in this year’s campaign, that it got addressed. We always kind of felt looking at the last election that national security hadn’t played the role it should. And given our level of concern, we thought the contribution we could make is to do this book, to make certain that the nation and obviously the voters were aware of these issues before they vote. Continue Reading

Senator Ted Cruz On The 2016 Race

Monday, August 31, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Senator Ted Cruz joined me on the program today to discuss all things 2016:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: So pleased to begin this hour with United States Senator Ted Cruz. Senator Cruz, welcome back, it’s always a pleasure to talk to you.

TC: Hugh, it is always great to be with you. Thank you for having me.

HH: Can I assume that John Boehner’s not going to be your running mate?

TC: (laughing) I think that is a fair inference. I appreciate, by the way, you asking folks about that comment. That was very kind of you.

HH: Well, I don’t understand it, and I’d like to expand and not limit it to the Speaker. But what in the world is the upside of any Republican slagging another Republican, especially when the other Republican is running for president and might be our nominee?

TC: Well, look, unfortunately, I think an awful lot of folks in politics, they get personal and they engage in insults and ad hominem attacks. And there’s far too much of that that goes on. And my approach consistently is that I don’t reciprocate. The Speaker is entitled to express whatever views he likes, but I’m not going to respond in kind. And I think the American people are not remotely interested in a bunch of politicians in Washington bickering like schoolyard children. I think what they’re looking for is serious leaders who will address and provide real solutions to the very real problems we’re facing right now. Continue Reading

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