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RUSH: Here’s Bob in San Francisco. Bob, you’re next on the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Still good morning in San Francisco, Mr. Limbaugh.


CALLER: I’d like to ask you, you are challenging Harry Reid to come on your program, but why don’t you go on other people’s programs who have challenged you? Why don’t you go and debate Ed Schultz or Keith Olbermann?

RUSH: You have to be kidding?


RUSH: Why would I go on shows that nobody listens to and nobody watches? You know, Harry Reid is a Senator, the Senate majority leader. He denounced me, a private citizen, from the floor of the Senate. It is in the Congressional Record. He did so on the basis of a smear. I simply said, ‘Come here and say it to my face.’ I don’t talk about these two guys that you mentioned because they’re irrelevant. They’re little gnats.

CALLER: Well, there are a lot of people who have challenged you, and you have refused over many years. You’ve said a lot of disparaging things about many people, especially the liberals. You know, there are many things that you don’t tell the truth about, so —

RUSH: Name one.

CALLER: As an example, I’m black American, liberal, you know, I can go back to the time what you said about Rosa Parks, how you were on the bus and you went to the back of the bus. You know that isn’t true, and if it is true, sir, explain it, elaborate.

RUSH: I have no idea what you’re talking about.

CALLER: You said in 1955, with the incident with Rosa Parks, you said that you were so detested by that at four years old, I think you were four years old at the time, that you and whoever you were with protested by sitting in the back of the bus.

RUSH: Uh, Bob?

CALLER: Did you say that?

RUSH: It was Bill Clinton who said that!

CALLER: Did you say that?

RUSH: No! It was Bill Clinton who said it. And I said I didn’t believe it just like you don’t. But I’ll bet you now that you know Clinton said it, you think it’s true. It was Bill Clinton. Bob, give me another example. We’re on a roll here. Give me another example where I lie.

CALLER: Well, you said something about a female black congresswoman one time, I think she was from Texas, and I think her name is Cynthia McKenna. You used a word that rhymed with prostitute, and you called her a prostitute. You said prostitute and whatever word that you said, that was —

RUSH: These are baseless charges. First of all, Cynthia McKinney was from Georgia.


RUSH: Still is from Georgia.

CALLER: I apologize.

RUSH: But what is a word here that rhymes with prostitute?

CALLER: I don’t know.

RUSH: Well, Bob, you gotta do better than this. You’re calling here and accusing me of telling lies and refusing to accept challenges from irrelevant, small audience gnats, is not worth my time.

CALLER: Have you ever taken anybody out of context before, any liberals?

RUSH: Not on purpose, never, ever, do I do things like that. I’ll tell you why, Bob. The reason why is because I’m trying to generate informed, educated people. I want them to be voting and spreading the word on the basis of truth and legitimacy, so there’s a proper foundation for it to spread. I am not afraid of the opposition and what they think. I’m happy for everybody to know what the opposition thinks. I try to explain liberalism as best I can, as often as I can on this program. But I don’t purposely take people out of context, no, don’t do any of that. Bob, a program like mine, ranking number one so many years could not survive on all the things that you people, bleeding your clichés, think happen. There’s no hate on this program. There’s no bigotry on this program; there’s no racism; there’s no sexism; there’s no homophobia; none of that on this program. Those are myths that people like you have been led to believe by people who are trying to discredit me. None of that’s true. I’ve given you two chances to tell me if I lied, and you cite Bill Clinton on — (laughing) — I had forgotten that, and it’s funny now to remember. (Doing Clinton impression) ‘Yeah, I was so offended by that, in ’55 I went on the bus and I sat in back, as a form of protest,’ when he was four or five years old, he said, or ten, whatever he would have been, I’m not sure. Bob, thanks for the call. See you at the next anti-military protest out there.

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