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Stephen Moore Hints at Donald Trump’s Senior Economic Advisors

Tuesday, July 26, 2016  |  posted by Duane Patterson

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HH: Donald Trump got a huge bump, an eight point swing over the week, and I’m joined now by Stephen Moore, senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, author of Fueling Freedom, most recently. Stephen Moore, let’s start with, I just concluded an interview with Dr. Liam Fox, the new minister for trade in the United Kingdom. He is all gung ho for Brexit. He has said elites were out of touch, we’re going to open up for business, we’re doing to do great. What do you make of that?

SM: I agree totally. I mean, I think Brexit was a call for sovereignty, self-government. And it was a revolt against the arrogance and corruption of government. And you know, it’s been said so many times, but it is so true that that’s exactly what’s happening here in America. That’s exactly what the Trump campaign is about, a revolt against a government in Washington that’s completely out of touch and corrupt, and incompetent.

HH: Do you think we are in for that kind of a surprise, the polling surprise, with Trump that they experienced in Great Britain? I suspect that our pollsters are getting a lot of false positives for Hillary, and a lot of shy Tories, as we used to call them back in the day, when John Major won unexpectedly.

SM: Yeah.

HH: What do you think?

SM: You know, it’s funny you should ask me that question, because I was driving over to Fox News at like Midnight on the night of the Brexit vote, and I remember it was late. I was tired, I was cursing myself about why am I doing this, because I just believed what everyone had said. You know, I think 95 out of 100 of the experts said that Brexit would not pass. Remember that, Hugh? Continue Reading


Dr. Liam Fox, U.K. Secretary of State for International Trade

Monday, July 25, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Dr. Liam Fox is the new Secretary of State for International Trade in Prime Minister Theresa May’s new government, and widely considered among the top two or three of the British cabinet’s senior members.  He joined me Monday morning to look back at why Brexit succeeded and forward to the new path ahead for Great Britain:




HH: I am pleased, however, at this point to welcome back to the program Dr. Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade in the new Theresa May-led cabinet that is leading the United Kingdom out of the European Union. Dr. Fox was one of the leading proponents of the so called Brexit. We covered the Brexit a lot on here, Dr. Fox. Welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show, great to have you back.

LF: Good morning, Hugh, nice to speak to you again.

HH: Congratulations on what is I think an overwhelming job. I was looking at what you are charged with doing with this basically negotiating trade deals with the rest of the world in two years or less. Are you a little overwhelmed by this?

LF: Well, you know, it’s nice to have a challenge, isn’t it? We clearly have to be looking at the UK’s global position, but there’s a lot of goodwill out there. A lot of countries have been talking to us about the importance of the UK economy. It’s the 5th biggest economy in the world. We have well beyond that reach into other areas and security cooperation, for example, as the 5th biggest military budget in the world, the 2nd biggest in NATO after the United States. We have so many close interests in so many parts of the world, and we want to leave the European Union, but with as few ripples in the pond as possible. We want our European partners to do well, because that’s an important export market for us. But ultimately, the decision by the British people was a brave and historic one, showing that we were not willing to submerge our sovereign rights in a pan-European project. Continue Reading

Hillary Punked Bernie Sanders Voters

Saturday, July 23, 2016  |  posted by Duane Patterson

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CJ: Joining me now from Cleveland, Hugh Hewitt, host of the Hugh Hewitt Show on the Salem Radio Network, and an MSNBC political analyst. Good to see you, Hugh. What are you looking for this week?

HH: Well, I am very happy with the Tim Kaine selection. I think that the Bernie Sanders people have to feel punked this morning by Hillary Clinton. You couldn’t get closer to Goldman-Sachs if you were built-in furniture than Tim Kaine. So it’s a huge head fake that Secretary Clinton has pulled off on the left. She met with Cory Booker, she met with Elizabeth Warren, she pretended to be a progressive throughout the campaign. She’s in fact an insider’s insider, as is Tim Kaine. He’s very affable, a very nice man. Everybody likes Tim Kaine. He has some assets. He’s fluent in Spanish. But in terms of those progressives, those hard left members of the Bernie Sanders coalition, the Woodstock generation, meaning the millennials, Chris, they’re not happy. And Donald Trump made an explicit appeal to them, especially on TPP, and Tim Kaine, like Hillary Clinton, is a big supporter of TPP. I’m a supporter of TPP. But the Bernie Sanders people are not. And so Donald Trump said come join us.

CJ: Well, Hugh, are you one of those people, are you one of those people, though, who think that a VP matters? Sort of the conventional wisdom is do no harm. Do you really think that Tim Kaine is somebody who is going to do harm to Hillary Clinton?

HH: Mike Pence did a lot of good for Donald Trump, an enormous amount of good as we saw here in Cleveland, the wonderful, with the exception of the Cruz speech, a wonderful sense of okay, Trump’s our guy. His line on the Supreme Court got the biggest applause line in the room all week long, and it was the Baja 500 convention. Don’t get me wrong. At times, it felt like you know, Yosemite Sam was driving. But Priebus and Sean Spicer and others would get it back on the road. So we ended up having a fine time. Trump had a great speech. The kids were four for four. At the end of the week, they’re unified with Pence adding. Tim Kaine doesn’t do that for her, because the wing of the party she needed to satisfy with her vice president, the way that Trump had to reassure conservatives as he did with Mike Pence, she needed to reassure progressives that she wasn’t faking it. And she has an inauthenticity problem. Nobody believes her. She has this huge, long record of not only failure in Egypt and Libya and Syria, with the Russian reset button, but of lying repeatedly to Congress, and now to her Democratic wing. So Chris, I come out of Ohio happy. In fact, like you, I’m a Buckeye. I used to summer down in Saybrook, not far from your hometown. I now want the Ohio Olympics, I was so happy at the end of the week here in Cleveland. I don’t think the Democrats are going to leave Philadelphia happy.

CJ: Hugh, I just wonder if you’re, obviously you’re putting a positive spin on this, but don’t you think that what Ted Cruz pointed to, what, frankly, the first two appearances between Donald Trump and Mike Pence pointed to, was an essential disorganization within a campaign, an inability to get their act together by a guy whose, one of his central selling points is that he is organized, that he does have his act together. Do you really think that the, I’m not talking about the Republican voter who was in that audience, who cheered him on, and everybody, Ivanka did an amazing job, but for the swing voter out there, they watched that campaign and thought, oh, yeah, they had their act together there and this is somebody I can get behind?

HH: Oh, Chris, absolutely. I think he reassured people like me, who are traditional party people, conservatives, people who care about the Supreme Court and the American military, he got us back, happy, and generally accepting of his, and I’m not an anti-free trade guy in the way that Donald Trump is, but nevertheless, I’m okay with the ticket. And he reached out to the unemployed union worker in Warren, Ohio, my hometown. He reached out to Southern Pennsylvania to the coal country in Pennsylvania. He went up to Michigan to the unemployed car worker. He built his coalition, and he went to the Bernie Sanders people who were waiting for Elizabeth Warren, waiting for Cory Booker, and who got Tim Kaine. Now Senator Kaine is a wonderful guy. Everybody likes him. I wouldn’t deny that for a moment. But he is corporate. And I was reading the Washington Post story this morning. The progressives, you know, the Bernie-back-to-Woodstock people, are outraged at this choice, and I don’t think he makes a lick of difference to Black Lives Matter. So if you’re a social justice activist, if you’re an anti-big banks activist in the Democratic Party, you’re already mad at Hillary Clinton. He doesn’t help her on the authenticity. He doesn’t do anything to reassure as Admiral Stavridis would have done, he was on the short list, about her chronic inability to tell the truth. And so when you run down her failures and her character problems, she didn’t do much with a Tim Kaine pick.

CJ: I’ve got to tell you, I was with, out on the trail with Bernie for a month or more. I’ve talked to hundreds of Bernie voters. I’ve not really found many of them who are ready to go for Donald Trump, but we shall see. It will be an interesting set of coming months. Hugh Hewitt, thanks so much.

HH: Thanks, Chris.

End of transcript.

Talking Trump and Kaine on Hardball

Saturday, July 23, 2016  |  posted by Duane Patterson

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