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Dr. Charles Krauthammer On Senator Rand Paul’s Assessment Of The Origins Of ISIS

Friday, May 29, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Charles Krauthammer, whose “Things That Matter” — now in paperback with a new afterwards– continues to sell and sell and sell, joined me on today’s program to review the various assessments of where ISIS sprang from, especially Senator Rand Paul’s position articulated on Morning Joe this week:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: Joined now by Dr. Charles Krauthammer of the Fox News All-Stars, the author of the astonishing, still bestseller, Things That Matter, out in paperback now, the perfect Father’s Day gift. Charles, you know, Christopher Hitchens once said on this show that he was surprised by the fact that God Is Not Great had become such a massive bestseller. Are you still surprised by how Things That Matter sells and sells and sells?

CK: Well, I mean, humility compels me to say that I am, but after the initial shock at the way it took off, I sort of think that because it spans 30 years of writing, it doesn’t have the kind of short shelf life that many political books do. This is stuff that is not tied to what’s happening today. So that may explain why it’s got longevity. But you know, it’s like a hitter on a hitting streak. The minute you ask him what he’s doing at the plate and he tells you, you know, he’s going into a slump. So here’s what I’m going to say. I’m just looking for a good pitch to hit and get the wood on it. Continue Reading

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Senator Rick Santorum On His 2016 Campaign

Friday, May 29, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum joined me to open today’s program and discuss his announcement this week:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: This hour, my old friend, Rick Santorum, former Senator from Pennsylvania, he is back in the fray. He put his hat back in the ring this week. Senator Santorum, welcome back, it’s great to have you, and congratulations. How’s the reaction been to your announcement?

RS: It’s been great. It’s been really wonderful. The announcement, almost in Ohio, close to that Ohio line in Eastern Ohio, but we did it in Western Pennsylvania in a factory that’s not unlike a lot of them in Ohio where we focused our message on folks who really are being left behind by both political parties, who don’t see really the chance for hope and opportunity to rise in America again. And we make this campaign very squarely, clearly about those workers, and we’ve got great responsibility. Continue Reading

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

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

Thursday, May 28, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

The Audio:

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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

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