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Mitt Romney On 2016

Tuesday, August 26, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

2012 GOP nominee Governor Mitt Romney opened the show with me today.  We had an extensive discussion about whether or not he would ever be a candidate for the presidency.  Judge for yourself whether he opened the door a bit or slammed it shut:

The audio:


The transcript:

HH: Yesterday, the GOP’s vice presidential nominee in 2012, Paul Ryan, was my guest. Today, I’m so pleased to welcome back Mitt Romney, the GOP nominee in 2012. Governor Romney, welcome back, it’s good to have you.

MR: Thank you, Hugh, it’s good to be with you today.

HH: Now I know, Governor, that you have told everyone who’s asked that it’s very unlikely you would make a third run for the presidency. But if those unusual circumstances were to come about where you did, what would you do differently this time around?

MR: (laughing) Well, I’m not going to be running, but I can give a lot of advice to the many folks that are going to be running. And you know, there are a number of things I’d tell them. First, I think we have to work very early on, on Hispanic media, to make sure that our message is heard loud and clear by Hispanic voters. I think we underinvested in Spanish media, and I don’t think we monitored what the Obama people were saying and countered it. There were a lot of things they said which were, you know, in the nature of politics, things I wouldn’t think were fair. But you know, that’s how politics works, but we should have answered those things, shut them down, told people what we believed, and I think we would have done better with Hispanic voters. I think we have to do that particularly in states like Texas and Florida as well as Nevada and Arizona where Hispanic voters make up a large share of the voting population. Continue Reading

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“Teachable Moments” by Marybeth Hicks

Tuesday, August 26, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My favorite Spartie, Marybeth Hicks, joins me in hour three to chat about her terrific new book:  Teachable Moments: Using Everyday Encounters with Media and Culture to Instill Conscience, Character, and Faith.Teachable Moments: Using Everyday Encounters with Media and Culture to Instill Conscience, Character, and Faith


Audio and Transcript: Paul Ryan On “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea”

Monday, August 25, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

House Budget Chair Paul Ryan will be my guest today discussing his new book: The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.

Part memoir of his life and the 2012 campaign, part “what just happened in the 113th Congress, and a lot of what ought to happen next,” the book is part of the tradition of reads by presidential candidates, which sends unusual signals about Ryan’s intentions, which are ambiguous, and which makes the book must reading for everyone interested in what a GOP majority in House and Senate and int he campaign for the White House that will follow.  The good news is that it is an interesting and brisk read, not an extended policy paper.

Audio of the interview:



Transcript of interview:

HH: Wisconsin week on the Hugh Hewitt Show. Last hour, Reince Priebus, later in the week, Scott Walker will join me, this hour and a little bit of next, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan, 2012 vice presidential nominee, and the author of a brand new book, The Way Forward: Renewing The American Idea, which is linked over at Interesting, very interesting book, very brisk read. Mr. Chairman, welcome back, good to talk to you.

PR: Hey, Hugh, thanks for having me. You ought to have my Senator, Ron Johnson, on just to make it a perfect four.

HH: I’m going to have to do that, actually.

PR: He’s a good guy.

HH: I think I’ve got to do that this week, because that, I was in Minnesota last week and commented that the candidate from, Mike McFadden from Minnesota running against Al Franken reminds me a lot of Ron.

PR: Yeah.

HH: And so I think that’s a very good idea. I’ll follow through with that. Let’s start talking about The Way Forward. It surprised me in a lot of ways. I described it over at the website as part memoir, part policy wonk brief, part what just happened in the 113th Congress. How’s it being received?

PR: Very, very well. I’m real excited about it. Look, you can tell what I’m trying to do with the book. I’m trying to grow the conservative movement so that we can win national elections. And I’m trying to make sure that we’re a broad movement that’s also very principled. And I’m trying to show that our founding principles are timeless, and if you reapply them to the problems of the day, you have real solutions. And I also think we need it to intellectually defeat liberal progressivism and call it out for what it is. And the reason I tell a little bit of my personal story is because I didn’t just sort of stumble into conservatism, you know, because of the way I was raised or born. You know, I came into it because of tragedies in my family, because of the experiences. I grew up in the shadow of Madison, Wisconsin, where we learn about progressivism. It never sat right with me, and so I sort of had my own journey to conservatism, which is the kind of journey I’m encouraging a lot of people to take if it’s something that they don’t naturally have in their mind. Continue Reading

Ducey Surges In Arizona, Brnovich Pulls Ahead

Sunday, August 24, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt


The latest poll from the Republican primary for the Arizona state house has State Treasurer Doug Ducey establishing a double digit lead over his closest opponent and building on that lead heading into Tuesday’s primary.

The same poll shows challenger Mark Brnovich establishing a small lead over the ethically challenged incumbent attorney general.  Both results are great news for Arizona generally and the Grand Canyon State’s GOP specifically.  It will head into the general election with the strongest possible top-of-the-ticket leading the way.

To participate in GOTV for Ducey or to get polling help, here’s his website.


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