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Jake Tapper On Interviewing Candidates

Friday, September 4, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Jake Tapper joined me today top discuss the art and science of interviewing presidential candidates:

Audio:

Transcript:

HH:  I begin with Jake Tapper, host of the Lead on whose show I was earlier on.  Jake, I’m a little astonished that Donald took as much umbrage as he did at the conversation we had.  It actually didn’t go too badly for him in my view.

 

JT:  I thought some of his answers were fine and look, whether he misheard or isn’t completely conversant in the Al-Quds Force, I think that saying there millions of national issues and I need to get on top of all of them – people are relatively sympathetic, I think, when it comes to newcomers to politics not knowing certain things like it certainly has happened with Dr. Carson and certainly has happened with others who might know a whole lot about business or medicine or whatever, but are new to politics.  But, Mr. Trump has gotten very, very far pushing back when he’s like he’s not being treated the way he wants to be treated.   Continue Reading

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30 GOP Candidate Interviews Since The First Debate: Audio and Transcripts

Friday, September 4, 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:

Donald Trump, 9/3/15

Carly Fiorina, 9/3/15

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.

 

Romney Rumblings

Friday, September 4, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

As Trump stumbles on substance but continues to perform in the polls, it is natural that people would become concerned.  And since none of the current field seems capable of making a dent, it is also natural that people might start to look outside the field.  And thus on Tuesday began the Romney rumors.  And the rumors spread and they were debated and debated.  But most importantly they were denied by Romney long and old timers.

But rumors do not spring from nothing – somebody floated them either to pressure Romney to reconsider or with Romney’s blessing to test the waters.  If Romney were not open, he’d personally deny the rumors – so something is up here, the question is what. Continue Reading

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:

Audio:

09-03hhs-carly

Transcript:

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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