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Senator Lindsey Graham On The Looming Appeasement Of Iran And Breaking The Filibuster

Wednesday, July 1, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham joined me Wednesday to discuss the aftermath of the Charleston murders, the looming appeasement of Iran, and whether the filibuster in the Senate rules should be preserved even if it blocks a new Republican president from repealing Obamacare:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: So pleased to welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show United States Senator Lindsey Graham from Mason City, Iowa, this afternoon and evening. Hello, Senator Graham, welcome back.

LG: I am almost to the Music Man place.

HH: Welcome. I want to begin by asking you the straight up question, a lot of Republican candidates are calling to break the Senate filibuster rules in order to make sure we can repeal Obamacare, root and branch. Ted Cruz has just finished defending the filibuster. What’s Lindsey Graham say on that debate?

LG: I’m with Ted. Absolutely not. I would never vote to change the filibuster for Obamacare or anything else, because it served the country well. But what I would do is use reconciliation, the budget process that they used to pass Obamacare, to repeal Obamacare. But I wouldn’t change the Senate rules. Reconciliation only requires a majority vote if it’s in with the context of the budget. That’s how they passed Obamacare with 51 votes.

HH: Now there’s some analysis, and it’s good analysis, that parts of Obamacare cannot be done away with reconciliation.

LG: That’s true.

HH: Assume for a moment, that’s true, so would you break the filibuster to get rid of those?

LG: No. No.

HH: Why not?

LG: Because I think the filibuster served the country well. I think at the end of the day, any big change should get 60 votes. I think the whole purpose of the Senate is to make sure that you have to think about what you’re doing. They did Obamacare by 51 votes, and we had enough votes to stop them. They used reconciliation. But if you take part of it down under reconciliation, the rest of it falls. And it doesn’t really matter if you don’t win the White House, because if she’s in the White House, she will vote to veto it, and you’ve got to get an override. Continue Reading

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Governor Mike Huckabee On 2016, Breaking The Filibuster, and The Iran Deal

Wednesday, July 1, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee joined me on Wednesday’s show:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: I’m so pleased to begin today’s program with the former governor Arkansas and star of the Fox News Channel, Mike Huckabee. Governor Huckabee, welcome from Cherokee, Iowa. I guess you’re at the VFW hall there.

MH: Well, I am, Hugh. We’ve got another rally. We’ve been covering some ground in Iowa today, which I’ll be doing a lot of between now and next February.

HH: Well, it was good to see you this past weekend in Denver where you wowed the crowds. But I’d like to begin by talking to you about, is it fair to call Hillary Clinton your old friend, Mike Huckabee?

MH: I doubt she would attribute it that way. Her husband and I got along much better. She is not quite the warm and fuzzy person that Bill Clinton is. And you know, I know them well, and of course, every election I ever had to run, what I really ran against, Hugh, was her political machine that she and her husband had built over a 25 year period. And I can attest to the fact that it is a formidable force. Continue Reading

Senator Ted Cruz On His New Book “A Time For Truth,” The Opening Of An Embassy In Havana, The Looming Appeasement Of Iran

Wednesday, July 1, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Senator Ted Cruz joined me today to discuss his new book A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Miracle of America

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: I’m so pleased to now welcome United States Senator Ted Cruz, whose brand new book, A Time For Truth: Reigniting The Promise Of America, published by Broadside. Senator Cruz, how are you?

TC: Hugh, great to be with you.

HH: You know, this book bears all the earmarks of you actually having written it yourself.

TC: Well, guilty as charged. This book represents thousands of my hours and a whole lot of blood, sweat and tears. This was not your typical candidate’s book that’s ghostwritten. You know, sometimes I think political candidates may not have even read their own book. This is not one of those.

HH: You know, on Page 44, this is a line which every book should have. “Joe got a shotgun and a baseball bat, and took off in his car looking for me.”

TC: (laughing) Well, and that’s a true story from when I was 15 and when out with a buddy of mine to an arcade late at night. And we got jumped by four guys who beat the living daylights out of me. And Joe was married to my sister, and he thought I was missing, so he got a shotgun and a baseball bat, and took in a truck looking for me. Continue Reading

On With Sean Hannity Tonight To Discuss “The Queen: The Epic Ambition of Hillary and the Coming of a Second ‘Clinton Era'”

Wednesday, July 1, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I’ll be joining Sean tonight as the nicest man in broadcast news helps me bring attention to The Queen and the inherent advantages of having money, a machine, most of the media, and the map at your back entering 2016.

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