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Carly Fiorina On The Extension Of The Nuke Talks With Iran, And The Senate Filibuster v. Obamacare Repeal Debate

Tuesday, June 30, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Carly Fiorina joined me in hour two of today’s program:




HH: I am so pleased to welcome back now, who has become a regular weekly guest and I am glad about it, Carly Fiorina, the voice of the new voter. Carly Fiorina, of course, welcome, it’s always good to talk to you, Carly.

CF: Well, great to be back with you, Hugh. How are you doing?

HH: I’m great. I want to tell everyone who was misinformed when I gave a speech at the Western Conservative Summit and omitted Carly, and then had to come back up, that was all planned so that I would just draw additional attention to her. And then I saw her, she was very gracious. Thank you for your forgiveness, but that list gets so long, but you had quite the breakout weekend in Denver. Is that happening wherever you go?

CF: Well, we’re very encouraged. I have to say I’m very encouraged, but Hugh, you know, I’m not going to let you get away that easy. I mean, in your book, months ago, you said Hillary Clinton should just ignore me. You owe me, man, you just owe me. That’s just the way it is.

HH: Every week that Carly Fiorina wants to come on. Okay, now let me get to the issue of the week. I have asked Ted Cruz yesterday, Rick Perry today, Jeb Bush last week, Scott Walker on the stage in Colorado. If it came down to using the Reid Rule to break the Senate filibuster tradition in order to repeal Obamacare root and branch, would Carly Fiorina urge Mitch McConnell to break the filibuster rule in order to get rid of Obamacare?

CF: I would. And in this case, while I would be very reluctant to do so, the truth is that’s how this thing was passed in the first place. So you know, it was passed on reconciliation. That, too, went around normal Senate rules. And Obamacare is a tangled web that is becoming worse, clearly, day by day. This isn’t an ideological thing, although obviously from an ideological perspective, having government this entwined in society is terrible. But it’s obviously failing all Americans, whether they were for it or not – emergency room visit up over 50%, insurance premiums up 35% that we know of, people being thrown into Medicaid where Medicaid is underfunded and doctors are leaving Medicaid in droves. This plan is failing the American people whether they were for it originally or not. Continue Reading

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Former Texas Governor Rick Perry On The Filibuster v. Obamacare Repeal And Whether The Gun Debate Is Over

Tuesday, June 30, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry joined me in the first hour today:




HH: I’m pleased to welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show now Governor Rick Perry of Texas, four-term governor now running for president. Governor Perry, it’s always a pleasure, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

RP: Hugh, thank you. We were out in your part of the world last week. So other than being out of water, the state’s still as beautiful as ever.

HH: Yeah, now, in your old job, you used to always leave here with a couple of businesses and a few thousand jobs. Did you just leave them alone this time?

RP: Well, pretty much. I tell you, this whole water situation out there is one of grave concern. You know, whether you’re on the outside looking in or traveling through the state realizing that is going to be the limiting factor for California if they don’t get that addressed. And you know, a lot of this is a manmade drought. There’s a lot of technologies out there and a lot of ways to address this, so hopefully, you’ll get some big rains and use some common sense to deal with this going forward. Continue Reading

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

Monday, June 29, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Senator Ted Cruz joined me Monday afternoon:




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

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

Monday, June 29, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

Senator Rick Santorum joined me Monday afternoon:

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

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