Following an encore bow from Bill Bennett, the new Hugh Hewitt Show opened its inaugural edition with House Speaker Paul Ryan, calling in from Israel:
HH: Joined from Israel by House Speaker Paul Ryan, our first guest not named Bill Bennett. Speaker Ryan, thanks for joining us while you’re on your very important, symbolically and practically, visit to Israel. Why’d you pick Israel as the first place to travel as Speaker?
PR: I’ve got to say something first, Hugh. Congratulations, welcome, and you’ve got some big shoes to fill.
HH: Oh, enormous. Enormous shoes.
PR: Yeah, you do.
HH: As he just showed again.
PR: I’m here, I decided that my first trip overseas as Speaker of the House would be to Israel. And why? Because I think we need to show how important our ties and our alliance with Israel is. In this dangerous, chaotic part of the world, with terrorism all over the world, Israel is one of our most important allies. I just left a meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu. I’m on my way out to an Iron Dome site to review their missile defenses, something that we are in, we cooperate with them on. They’ve had, since 2005, just from Gaza, about 10,000, 10,000 missiles and rockets sent into Israel, many of which, most of which, missile defense has been able to interdict, saving, you know, thousands of lives. So I’m here to show our support. I’m here to talk with our allies, and to see how we can better cooperate to win this war against radical Islamic terrorism. Continue Reading