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Senator Cory Gardner On Senate Healthcare “Deal” And Senate Elections 2018

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Colorado’s Cory Gardner joined me this AM to discuss the Alexander-Murray “health-care compromise” and the Senate election cycle of 2018:

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Transcript:

HH: Pleased to welcome back United States Senator Cory Gardner from Colorado, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Good morning, Senator Gardner, always a pleasure to have you.

CG: Good morning, great to be with you.

HH: Before we turn to politics, let me ask you about the policy of the agreement reached between Senator Alexander and Senator Murray yesterday. Have you been briefed on it? What did the Republicans get out of that so-called deal?

CG: We had a very 30,000 foot view of the agreement. Look, I don’t think the American people are excited about the fact that we’re going to hand billions of dollars over to the insurance companies who are going to decrease the rate of increase by a couple of percentage points. What we’ve got to do is repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and actually drive down the cost of health insurance. So maybe this is a starting point. I need to get more details. I need to get information. But bailing out insurance companies is not a free market solution.

HH: But what, if anything, did the Republicans get out of it from that 30,000 overview you got, Senator Gardner?

CG: You know, it sounds like there may be some changes to the way the states are allowed to move forward on innovations, flexibilities. There was some conversations on whether or not HHS, Seema Verma and others would be able to give states the ability to do certain things that they want to do in order to drive down costs. And that’s good. Don’t get me wrong. That’s very good. But if this is just going to put Obamacare on life support, I don’t know that that’s exactly what this country needs right now. And what I think this country needs is a plan that allows the American people to buy the kind of policy that they want to buy that protects them in terms of their ability of choice in the marketplace, drives a competitive marketplace, and actually starts lowering costs.

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California’s Coming Left Turn

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Yes, you read that headline correctly, according to “The Hill,” and most observer’s I have spoken to, California’s Democrats are looking to turn farther and harder left.

For a quarter century, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) has built a career as an effective liberal legislator, the author of a federal assault weapons ban and a warrior for civil and gay rights who collaborated with Republicans on energy and health-care bills.

But to a generation of ambitious California Democrats intent on challenging President Trump at every turn, her record is no longer sufficiently liberal.

The attempt of the Reid Wilson authored piece is to parallel the California youth movement to Tea Party movements of a decade ago, but is also at pains to point out the uncompromising nature of this left turn.

“There’s a difference between progressive ideology and pragmatic leadership and sometimes people seem to be getting these confused,” said Gale Kaufman, a longtime Democratic strategist in Sacramento.

There is also a difference between the right turn, in reality a turn back towards the middle, represented by the Tea Party (even if it advocated at some times and in some expressions for extremist right views) and this left turn which is a turn further away from the middle.  This left turn clearly appeals to the deep pockets of the Bay Area and LA’s West Side that fund the Democrat party in California, but at some point the rank-and-file that vote them in time-after-time are going to call enough.

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Vice President Pence On The Kurds and the Senate

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Vice President Mike Pence joined me from my broadcast from the Old Executive Office Building this morning:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: Mr. Vice President, an honor to have you, sir. Vice President Mike Pence back live on the Hugh Hewitt Show, great to have you.

MP: Great to be here, Hugh, welcome back to the White House.

HH: It is good to be back in the Old EOB. It’s been a while. In my years, I was down on the first floor with Fred and those gangs, but let’s get serious, Mr. Vice President.

MP: You bet.

HH: Have you had a chance to talk with the President and the Secretary of Defense, yet, about Kurdistan?

MP: We’ve had discussions on an ongoing basis about the progress that we’ve been making in the region. And first and foremost, I think every American should be encouraged that working with Iraqi forces, working with the Peshmerga in the Kurdish region, that ISIS is on the run. We are very close to achieving the objective that President Trump set out in the campaign last year, which was to crush ISIS and completely eliminate their capacity to threaten people of this country, to threaten our allies in the region. And we couldn’t be more proud of the American soldier in the field and all of our allies.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders From The White House

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders joined me this morning from the OEOB:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: Welcome back, and sitting in front of me, you see her every day that they have a briefing on television, Sarah Huckabee Sanders is, of course, the press secretary in the White House. Sarah, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show. It’s great to have you back on.

SHS: Good morning, thanks so much for having us, and thanks for being at the White House today.

HH: I’m glad to help move tax reform along. We going to win this? Is this going to happen?

SHS: I think so. I mean, I think look, the Senate and the House are desperate for a win, and frankly, America is desperate for them to do something. I think this is a great opportunity for them to step up and show that they’re willing to do the hard work they were elected to do. You’ve got Leader McConnell that was here yesterday. He is very committed to making sure this gets through the Senate, and I think we’re going to get there.

HH: All right, we’ll come back to that in a second. I’ve got to ask you, last time I saw you was in Cleveland. Now I believe that as a matter of good luck, President Trump needs to return to Cleveland for his re-nomination. Is there any conversation, yet, about going back to Cleveland for a convention? That’s what Nixon did in Miami. That’s what happened before when you want to win two times in a row.

SHS: You know, I don’t know if that’s even being talked about, yet, but I have a lot of confidence that that shouldn’t be an issue for the President to be re-nominated. He’s had an incredibly successful first nine months in office, and I think the next three and a half, or two and a half, three years are going to be equally as successful, including getting tax reform done, which is going to be a big deal, and make a really big impact on most Americans, and they’re going to be begging for four more years of President Trump.

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