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Governor Bobby Jindal On Rand Paul, The Debates And The Patriot Act

Thursday, May 28, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

The Audio:

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The Transcript:

HH: I’m joined now by the governor of the great state of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal. Governor Jindal, welcome back, it’s always a pleasure to speak with you.

BJ: Hugh, thank you for having me back, and enjoy the event. I had the chance to go to the Reagan Library for the first time last February. It’s an amazing, amazing place.

HH: Great venue, wonderful opportunity to talk about an important book. I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to read The Great War Of Our Time, yet, but it’s sort of the companion volume to the Looming Tower. And I want to start there with something one of your competitors in the race for the presidency, Rand Paul, had to say this week on Morning Joe, Governor Jindal. Let me play it for you, and then we’ll pick up on what he had to say. He’s talking about who caused ISIS. Here’s Senator Paul.

JS: Lindsey Graham would say ISIS exists because of people like Rand Paul, who said let’s not go into Syria. What do you say to Lindsey?

RP: I would say it’s exactly the opposite. ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately, and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS. These hawks also wanted to bomb Assad, which would have made ISIS’ job even easier. They created these people. ISIS is all over Libya, because these same hawks in my party loved, they loved Hillary Clinton’s war in Libya. They just wanted more of it, but Libya is a failed state, and it’s a disaster. Iraq really is a failed state or a vassal state now of Iran. So everything that they have talked about in foreign policy, they’ve been wrong about for 20 years, and yet they have somehow the gall to keep saying and pointing fingers otherwise.

HH: So Governor Jindal, is Rand Paul right? Are the hawks right? Where is Bobby Jindal on this issue?

BJ: Well, Hugh, I was appalled by his statement. Listen to what he said. ISIS exists because of the hawks in the Republican Party. You know, if President Obama had said that, every Republican Senator and Governor would be calling him out rightfully. It’s just not right to blame America first. We need to be honest and strong, especially when we see somebody in our own party blaming America. Either the Senator didn’t mean what he said, which I hope, or he’s actually to the left of President Obama, and even Hillary Clinton. We’ve, for the last six years, we’ve had President Obama blaming America and trying to fight ISIS with weakness. Hugh, ISIS is evil. Not only do they oppose America, this is evil. This is radical Islamic terrorism that must be confronted. It must be destroyed. It was not created by the foreign policy hawks in the Republican Party. This is just, this is reckless rhetoric. This is was somebody who’s auditioning to be president of the United States. Here’s the second point, though. For the last six-plus years, we’ve had this president try to lead from behind through weakness. We’re not going to repel evil through weakness. Evil is repelled by strength. You’re going to the Reagan Library tonight. President Reagan understood that a stronger America meant our friends could trust us, our enemies feared us. We haven’t had that kind of leadership, and as a result, Iran is on the march, Putin is on the march, China is on the march. You look around the world, we’re not standing with Israel. Iran is stronger now than before, in Iraq and Lebanon and Syria and Yemen. All over the world, we have seen the fruits of weakness. And so I thought the Senator’s remarks, to me, I think they’re outrageous. I think that it shows him to be unqualified to be our commander-in-chief. Continue Reading

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie On Rand Paul, Common Core And The Debates

Thursday, May 28, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

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The Transcript:

HH: Right now, I’m pleased to welcome back the Governor of the Garden State, Chris Christie. Governor Christie, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

CC: Hugh, happy to be back.

HH: Good to have you. You made a major speech today on Common Core, and I want to go there. In fact, let’s go there first. It’s something of a change for you, is it not, to be in the position of saying to the country slow down, take a step back and let’s start over with Common Core?

CC: Yeah, listen, you know, Common Core started to be implemented in our state during my campaign for governor by my predecessor. And so it was well down the road when I got in. And so I said okay, we’ll give it a try. And what I’ve concluded after a time of watching our folks see the federal takeover of it and then struggling to try to implement it and get buy in from parents and educators. It simply doesn’t work. And I think when that happens, you have to admit that that’s the case. We have. And we’re saying now, here’s the deal. Let’s get students and teachers and parents in New Jersey to set high standards, higher standards, that are New Jersey-based standards. And so that’s the course that we’ve embarked on today. And you know, we gave it a try. The federal government intervened, and really put federal regulation and the federal purse in the middle of all this. And so when you realize that you can’t get, you know, people are not buying in and it’s not working, you need to move on. Continue Reading

Former Congressman Phil English On TPA/TPP

Thursday, May 28, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My colleague Phil English explained TPA and TPP today on today’s show, as Hillary Clinton continues her astonishing silence on this crucial part of the president’s agenda –the only part that has attracted widespread GOP support:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: Rarely do I ever talk to any of my law partners on the air, but today, I’ve talked to two. Judge Larson began the show talking about the FIFA scandal, because he’s a former federal prosecutor. And Phil English ends the show, former Congressman from the great state of Pennsylvania. I say that rarely, but I say it to Phil, because he’s from Erie, Pennsylvania, home of Camp Notre Dame, where I went as a child. And he’s a former member of the Ways and Means Committee, and he knows about TPA. Phil English, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show, great to have you.

PE: It’s a privilege to be on, Hugh.

HH: Well, let’s begin by making sure people understand that Erie is alive and kicking, and that you will represent Erie’s best interests on this radio show.

PE: Without question, and what that means is we need to have policies that encourage exports. Erie is a manufacturing town that produces manufactures that are export competitive. And if we’re going to rebuild the American economy, we need to have an export-oriented strategy. Continue Reading

Former Federal Judge Stephen Larson On The FIFA Investigation And Charges

Wednesday, May 27, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

One of my law partners if former federal district court judge and federal prosecutor Stephen Larson.  He joined me to open Wednesday’s show and discuss the sweeping nature of the charges unveiled today:

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Transcript:

HH: The biggest story in the world, actually, is about FIFA, which is the international federation of association football, of course, the soccer people. And this morning, the United States Department of Justice announced that nine current and former FIFA officials, as well as five others related to FIFA with, are charged with various corruption allegations, 47 different counts spanning multiple decades of alleged corruption, probably the biggest international corruption case that I can remember. I asked one of my law partners, Judge Stephen Larson, to join me. Judge Larson spent ten years as a Untied States district court judge in the central district of California. Before that, he was a ten years as a federal prosecutor flying around the world going after organized crime. And I thought, my first question is how in the world did we get jurisdiction over these people? And my second was, I wonder if I can find Larson. Judge Larson, welcome, great to have you on the show.

SL: Well, it’s great to be here. Thanks so much, Hugh.

HH: Now I know that you’ve represented a lot of international defendants from mining companies to various businessmen charged with various things. But you don’t have a conflict on this. How does the United States Department of Justice go to Switzerland and get FIFA people arrested in a hotel?

SL: Well, our statutes have a very long arm. They have a very long reach. And it’s not so much, of course, the Justice Department going there, but it’s the Swiss authorities themselves that made the arrest. And they’re in the process of extraditing back, or trying to extradite back these individuals to the United States. That of course will be up to Swiss courts, and I wouldn’t want to presume that that’ll happen. But of course, the Swiss authorities are acting pursuant to our request for extradition. Continue Reading

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