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Carly Fiorina On Gotcha Questions And The Rise Of Islamist Terrorism

Thursday, September 3, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

After being chided by Donald Trump for asking “gotcha questions” –and I deplore “gotcha questions”– I asked Carly Fiorina to join me and, of course without revealing the questions to her, walked through the same question set for her as I did for Donald Trump:




HH: It’s Hugh Hewitt. Earlier today I pre-recorded an interview with Donald Trump in which Donald Trump chided me for asking when he called “gotcha questions,” and I take very seriously that because I hate “gotcha questions.” They don’t advance the public conversation at all, so I thought I would run a controlled group experiment on whether or not they were “gotcha questions” by asking if Carly Fiorina would join me and I’d run through the same question set without her knowing what they her. Carly, welcome. It’s great to have you on. I appreciate you doing this with me.

CF: Thank you, Hugh. Always good to be with you.

HH: Now, again, you have no idea what I asked Donald. There’s been social media on it, so let me just begin where I began with him.

CF: Just for the record, Hugh, I never know what you’re going to ask me.

HH: (laughs) That’s true. I just don’t do that with people. But aren’t you familiar with General Soleimani? Continue Reading

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Donald Trump On The Day He Took The Pledge

Thursday, September 3, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Donald Trump joined me today:




HH: Joined now by Donald Trump. Donald Trump, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show, it’s always a pleasure to talk to you.

DT: Thank you, Hugh.

HH: I would thought that today, this is our sixth interview, I’d turn to some of the commander-in-chief questions. Are you ready for that?

DT: Okay, fine.

HH: Are you familiar with General Soleimani?

DT: Yes, but go ahead, give me a little, go ahead, tell me.

HH: He runs the Quds Forces.

DT: Yes, okay, right.

HH: Do you expect his behavior…

DT: The Kurds, by the way, have been horribly mistreated by …

HH: No, not the Kurds, the Quds Forces, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Forces.

DT: Yes, yes.

HH: …is the bad guys.

DT: Right.

HH: Do you expect his behavior to change as a result…

DT: Oh, I thought you said Kurds, Kurds.

HH: No, Quds.

DT: Oh, I’m sorry, I thought you said Kurds, because I think the Kurds have been poorly treated by us, Hugh. Go ahead. Continue Reading

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.


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

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