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Carly Fiorina Discusses Her Endorsement Of Ted Cruz, And Why Not Donald Trump

Wednesday, March 9, 2016  |  posted by Duane Patterson

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The Transcript:

HH: From Miami, Florida, it’s Hugh Hewitt fresh from a day of debate prep with the CNN team of Jake Tapper, Dana Bash and the Washington Times’ Steve Dinan, I am here to bring you all the news. Of course, you know Donald Trump won three primaries last night. Marco Rubio won none. John Kasich won none. Ted Cruz won Idaho. The delegate split was Trump 72, Cruz 61, Kasich 17, Marco Rubio zero. Senator Rubio doubling down today saying he’s staying in through Florida, intends to win Florida. John Kasich saying he’s closed the gap in Ohio. And the big surprise of the day, Carly Fiorina endorsing Ted Cruz. She joins me now the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and presidential candidate. Carly Fiorina, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

CF: Thank you. How are you, Hugh?

HH: I’m great. I’m busy and a little bit tired, but you are, too. You’ve been out on the trail with Ted Cruz today in a big surprise endorsement. Tell me about that. Why?

CF: Why? Because you know, I’ve said all throughout this campaign character reveals…under pressure. And I have seen Ted Cruz stand as a Constitutional conservative for his principles. He has never gotten down in the dirt ever. He has run a campaign of character and substance. And it’s time for the Republican Party for… Continue Reading


Marco Rubio Talks 2016 On Eve Of Debate

Tuesday, March 8, 2016  |  posted by Duane Patterson

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HH: From Miami, it’s Hugh Hewitt. I’ll be on stage on Thursday night with my guest his hour, Marco Rubio, the Senator from Florida. Senator, I’m looking forward to seeing you on the campus of the school the Buckeyes bested for the national championship back on January 3rd, 2003. I’m sure you remember that well.

MR: Yeah, I’m a Florida fan, but I remember that was the game where they didn’t call that pass interference on the Buckeyes in the end zone.

HH: (laughing) Bitter, bitter, bitter, bitter. I’m also, because I’m in Miami, I’m deluged with Dolphin news. You have 15 free agents, and you’re doing this deal for Kiko Alonzo and Byron Maxwell. We’ll get to the policy, but as a Dolphins fan, what do you think of that deal?

MR: Well, Byron Maxwell’s the same guy that played in Seattle. And then we’re in good shape. And Kiko Alonzo is a promising rookie, had a great year in Buffalo, and then had an ACL and kind of struggled after that. But young guy with a lot of potential, and by the way, half-Cuban, half-Colombian, so he’s going to fit in well in Miami.

HH: I didn’t know that. I didn’t know that. Now let’s turn to the politics. I am, because I’m watching Miami television, I see an ad every break. Most of them are pro-Marco Rubio. Some of them are negative. What’s the impact of this barrage of ads on what you see in your internal polling number for Florida?

MR: Well, we’re growing, and that’s the bottom line. I mean, voters in Florida know me. They’ve heard these attacks before. It’s funny, Donald Trump is using virtually the exact same attack that Charlie Crist did five years ago. It’s not a coincidence. I mean, Charlie Crist, a Republican turned independent turned Democrat, super liberal guy. Donald Trump was one of his biggest supporters. When I ran against Charlie Crist, Donald Trump supported him, even after he left the Republican Party. So Hugh, I guess he’s going to follow his same tactics. And it didn’t work then. I don’t think it’ll work now. Continue Reading

Debate Week In Miami And The 10 Days That Will Define The GOP In 2016 (For At Least A Week)

Sunday, March 6, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Now in Miami to prepare for Thursday’s night pivotal debate between the last four GOP candidates standing.

In the four posts below are organized for your convenience are the 166 interviews I have conducted thus far with GOP candidates since the first debate in August which marked the effective kick-off of campaign 2016.  Most of those interviews are now only relevant as bits of the historical record of this campaign.  The studio door is open to the four remaining candidates this week and every week any of them are seeking the presidency.

Here is my column from Monday’s Washington Examiner which deals with the growing possibility of an “open” or “contested” convention. (The Cleveland “Rock-and-Roll” Convention won’t be “brokered.”  There aren’t any “brokers” anymore, and only an handful of people of influence beyond their own ballot.)  With Marco Rubio’s win in Puerto Rico today, and Ted Cruz’s somewhat stunning margins-of-victory in Kansas and Maine yesterday and Donald Trump’s relatively narrow wins in Kentucky and Louisiana, all is a jumble, and John Kasich appears to have traction in Michigan and should win his (and my) home state of Ohio on 3/15.  None of these four will go gently into the night.  I expect all four to fight hard all the way to Lake Erie’s shores.  As long as the campaign is contested, the show will remain Switzerland –open to all parties to come on and make their case from. (BTW: Switzerland has been a neutral nation since 1815 and the Treaty of Paris.)

Also, for your benefit, here is the link to the Wikipedia entry on the 1940 GOP Convention –also “open,” and also in Cleveland. I don’t know for sure and don’t know how to find out, but my namesake, then a 62 year-old judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Jefferson County and Chairman of the Ashtabula Republican Club, may have been at that one as I will be at the Cleveland convention in July.

My Analysis on CNN’s State of the Union

Debate Prep for 3/10: 18 Interviews With GOP Candidiates Since February 1, 2016

Sunday, March 6, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Audio/transcript: Donald Trump on 2/22, 2/4

Audio/transcript: Marco Rubio on 3/2, 2/17,

Audio/transcript: John Kasich on 3/2, 2/23, 2/18, 2/5,

Audio/transcript: Ted Cruz on 2/29, 2/22, 2/16,

Audio/transcript: Dr. Ben Carson 2/22, 2/17, (while still an active candidate)

Audio/transcript: Jeb Bush 2/19, 2/18, 2/3 (while still an active candidate)

Audio/transcript: Carly Fiorina 2/4 (while still an active candidate)

Audio/trenascript: Chris Christie 2/2 (while still an active candidate)

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