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House Speaker Paul Ryan Opens The New Hugh Hewitt Show

Monday, April 4, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

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


RNC Chair Reince Priebus On The Coming Convention

Monday, April 4, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

RNC Chair reince Priebus joined me to start the third hour of the first show:




HH: Here, the third hour, I’m beginning with the chairman of the Republican National Committee, another Cheesehead, Reince Priebus. And last week, I chased around candidates like John Kasich and Ted Cruz as ineffectively as Aaron Rodgers is chased by Vikings defensive ends. Chairman Priebus, welcome to the new Hugh Hewitt Show.

RP: Hey, thank you, Hugh, and great to be on the show. Congrats.

HH: It’s good to be here. Let’s start with the big question. Chairman Ryan said, and he’s co-chairing the convention with you, you’re going to be running the business side of this thing. What’s that job entail, Mr. Chairman?

RP: Well, the exact split of duties is not known, yet, but the job really entails, in my mind, being as open, transparent as you can possibly be, and then going out of your way to be even more open and transparent on top of what you think is open and transparent. So no mystery, making sure that anything, especially on procedure from the floor, that over-explanatory, making sure that people understand the rules, how to make a point of order, how many delegates or states you need in order to make a motion so that there’s just no mystery about how to proceed, because the last thing we want to have is people that believe that they have an important point or motion to make, but they don’t know how to do it, or that things get stifled because of procedural type of issues. It would be very frustrating. So we want to remove all mystery and make everything as open as possible. Continue Reading

Dr. Bill Bennett Passes The Baton

Monday, April 4, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I opened the new show this morning by talking to the “maker of the feat”: Dr. Bill Bennett held the chair for a dozen years and built the platform I inherit:



Ohio Governor John Kasich On The State Of The Race

Friday, April 1, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Ohio Governor John Kasich joined me on my last afternoon program to talk state of the 2016 race.  Come Monday my show shifts to the 6-9 AM slot EST, driving the East Coast (and early risers everywhere) to work.  Today’s conversation with Governor Kasich:




HH: Joined now by Ohio Governor John Kasich. Governor, welcome, good to talk to you. President Obama just said that even countries used to carnival atmospheres in their own elections want sobriety in ours, and are disappointed. Do you agree with President Obama about this?

JK: Well, look, Hugh, I’m trying to do the best I can to let people know about my record of job creation and balancing budgets, and hope that we can have for our country. So I’m just doing what I need to do. And once in a while, when I hear things that I think are really, you know, way out there, then I’m going to comment on them. But I’m doing the best that I can do to let people know what my vision in, and that there’s hope for the country.

HH: So you do not believe the carnival atmosphere engulfs everybody?

JK: Well, I don’t think I’m engulfed by any carnival atmosphere at all. I’m just doing my thing. And I don’t feel like I’m in a carnival at all. I mean, it’s very serious stuff.

HH: Now Governor, Senator Cruz was on earlier this week, and he said unless you win eight states, you can’t get votes in the convention. Karl Rove came on yesterday and said that’s not what Rule 40B says. Even if it stays the same, you can vote for whomever you’re pledged to vote for. And after you’re unbound, you can vote for whoever. What’s your understanding of what the process is going to be like in Cleveland?

JK: I really don’t know that much about it, Hugh. I have a group of political people, and they work on things like conventions and process. And I really don’t get in the middle of it. So I’ve never even heard of this thing called Rule 40 or whatever it is until a couple of days ago. So I really, that’s something, you can get John Weaver, one of my strategists, or somebody on to talk about it. Continue Reading

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