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Robert O’Brien’s Politico’s Piece On The Navy And The GOP

Thursday, February 5, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Robert O’Brien has a must read piece on the size of the Navy and the focus it should provide the GOP field in this afternoon’s Politico magazine.  He joined me in hour two to discuss:

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transcript:

HH: Right now at Politico.com, at the magazine, you will see a piece that was posted three hours ago by my colleague, Robert O’Brien who is a law partner of mine. He wrote a piece called The Navy’s Hidden Crisis: It’s Too Small And Getting Smaller, about the foreign policy positions. And interestingly enough, George Will anticipated when he was talking to me last hour. Robert O’Brien, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show, great to speak with you.

RO’B: Thanks for having me, Hugh.

HH: Let’s summarize first of all your piece in Politico is sort of addressed to Republican would-be presidential hopefuls. You haven’t signed on with anyone at this point, right?

RO’B: I have not, yet.

HH: All right, so the O’Brien primary goes on, but talk…

RO’B: I’m still getting over Governor Romney deciding not to run.

HH: But you’ve been working on this Navy piece for a while, because I know you were talking to a couple of people in and outside of the service about this. What’s the bottom line about what Republican candidates need to say about the Navy and why?

RO’B: Well, the bottom line is that this is going to be a national security election. We’re seeing the Middle East just in flames, the administration is floundering. It really has no idea what to do about it. We have a hot war, not a cold war, going on in Ukraine. You’re seeing body bags dragged out of Eastern Ukraine, the Donbass region of, you know, young Ukrainian soldiers, and Russian soldiers as well going home to be buried. You’ve got a very aggressive China in the South China Sea and the East China Sea. It’s a very dangerous world. This is going to be a foreign policy election. It’s a vulnerability for the Democrats, and it’s a huge vulnerability for Hillary Clinton. The Republican who’s the nominee and everyone who’s running needs to be the heir to Ronald Reagan. And it has to be a peace through strength platform, both in the primaries, and we have to come out of the convention with a very strong peace through strength platform. Having a strong United States Navy like Ronald Reagan advocated when he had his, shot for a 500 ship United States Navy, that’s where we need to be going into the general election. Continue Reading

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George Will On The President’s “Default Position”: “We Are All Somehow Morally Equivalent.”

Thursday, February 5, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Washington Post columnist George Will opened the program with me today, talking about the president’s astonishing remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning.

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Transcript:

HH: But I want to begin, pitchers and catchers report in ten days, thank God. And George Will, the author of A Nice Little Place On The North Side, joins me, Fox News contributor and columnist for the Washington Post. Hello, George Will, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

GW: Glad to be with you.

HH: Do you have any hope for the Cub this year? Just want to make my mental note that the answer is no.

GW: Look, I became a Cubs fan in 1948. So I’m almost immune to Cub optimism. But if you lose enough games in the modern baseball system, you get a lot of draft picks. The Cubs have lost a lot, and got a lot of good draft picks. And so yes, I’m beginning to feel faint stirrings of illusion.

HH: That’s, I’m so glad to hear it. And I have the same thing about the Indians, and it’s the only time of year we can have this. But I wanted a little good news, because the week has been so awful. And it got worse today. I have to play you a little bit of President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast. Were you by chance there, George Will?

GW: Good heavens, no. Go ahead. Continue Reading

Carly Fiorina On Vaccines, And The Real Issues Of ISIS and Iran

Wednesday, February 4, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Carly Fiorina joined me to begin hour two today:

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Transcript:

HH: So pleased to welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, with whom I’ve done some barnstorming in the last year. And she’s getting ready to barnstorm the country herself. Carly, welcome back to the program, great to have you.

CF: It’s great to be with you again, Hugh. How are you?

HH: I am terrific. Now because it is obligatory in American politics to ask a silly question before I ask a serious question, I have to ask you the vaccine question. What do you make about this debate?

CF: Well, look, I think the science is pretty clear that Measles vaccines are safe. I think that parents should vaccinate their kids against Measles. But I also think the federal government shouldn’t mandate it. I do think public schools have the right to say if your child isn’t vaccinated, your child can’t come to school if we’re vaccinating for an infectious disease. And then, of course, I think the debate ignores the fact that there are some vaccines now that for younger kids, Gardasil, etc., that really are debatable. So I think it gets all mixed up with that, but the principle that I come down to is the science is clear. The vaccines work. But in the end, government can encourage and educate and protect the rest of the children in a public school, for example. But ultimately, it is a parent’s choice. Continue Reading

Senator Lindsey Graham On Responding To ISIS And Iran

Wednesday, February 4, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Senator Lindsey Graham, mulling a presidential run, joined me to begin today’s show, talking ISIS and Iran:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: I begin the program, though, with United States Senator Lindsey Graham from the great state of South Carolina. You can follow him on Twitter, @Grahamblog. Senator Graham, welcome, always a pleasure to talk to you.

LG: Thanks very much, glad to be with you.

HH: I’m going to talk to Michael Doran today and Lee Smith about one question – who is the greater threat to America – ISIS or Iran? What’s Lindsey Graham’s opinion?

LG: Not even close – Iran with a nuclear capability is the greatest threat the world will know in my lifetime.

HH: Well then, what is the Republican Congress doing to throw everything it can in the way of this President’s headlong rush to appeasement with Iran?

LG: We’ve got a two-front strategy here. We’re trying to get Kirk-Menendez up for a vote that would tell the Iranians if you walk away from negotiations, we’re going to reimpose sanctions, if you cheat, we’ll reimpose sanctions. That’s one approach. The Corker-Graham approach, I think quite frankly, is even a better approach. It says there will be no binding deal with the Iranian nuclear program regarding lifting Congressional sanctions unless Congress votes to approve the deal. That’s what we’re doing. We’re going to have a vote this year, sooner rather than later, I hope, about Kirk-Menendez. But Corker-Graham, I think, is the best check and balance against a bad deal. Continue Reading

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