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RUSH: To nation’s capital, Washington, DC. This is Brian. Great to have you, sir. Hello.

CALLER: Hey, Rush. Mega dittos to you. It’s an honor to speak with you.

RUSH: Thank you very much. I appreciate that.

CALLER: I’ve been listening to you since I was in junior high. I don’t remember what I said exactly, but I was with my family. I was probably 14 years old. I said something, and my grandpa’s response was, “Has he been listening to Rush Limbaugh?” and that’s when I figured I needed to tune in to you.

RUSH: And it was shortly after that that you arrived.

CALLER: (laughing) And I promise you I’m going to get on and order me some Two If By Tea.

RUSH: (laughing)

CALLER: I had a question for you, though, and I’m wondering if you see any comparisons, any similarities between Barack Obama and Herman Cain, aside from the obvious; and what I mean by that is, we all know Barack Obama was hugely unqualified to be president. He had no private company experience, he had limited public experience, but I look at Herman Cain —

RUSH: He never had a job!

CALLER: Exactly. I mean, he was just so grossly unqualified. But I look at Herman Cain, and I want to like him. He’s not the establishment, he’s not Mitt Romney. But I look at his experience and he doesn’t have any public experience, and I wonder if a lack of legislative experience will impair him a little bit; and then I look at his public company experience, and granted he was CEO of —

RUSH: Look —

CALLER: — Godfather’s pizza, but —

RUSH: Let me answer this because time is dwindling here. Politics is a business like any other, and it has its own track of success. It has its own ladder. I mean, there are certain things that you do have to do to advance. I mean, you could win an election being a novice, but then when you get there, you can be outmaneuvered. You can be outsmarted, if you don’t know what you’re doing about how the business of politics works. But I want to give you another way to think of this. Since you are obviously a critical thinker and open-minded. I want you to put yourself in his shoes for the past ten days, two weeks, and I want you to stop and consider everything. This is not an endorsement. I want you to think about this: Think about everything he has been through, and where is he today after it?

In that debate last night, he was simply outstanding. Now, he has been subjected to an outrageous smear media campaign, and he’s handled it like a man. He has not cracked. He has not caved. He has not gone weak. His attitude doesn’t appear to have gone negative or sour. He doesn’t appear to be tainted by this. I see somebody here who is showing some incredible discipline. He’s powerfully disciplined, and he’s upbeat after all of this, unflappable. He’s laughable about it. He shows some wit and some intelligence, and he is focused. He keeps running around there talking about this 9-9-9 plan. He’s not stopped him, even though he’s had to address it. So you might want to look — and, again, I’m not — at him in a different way here and ask yourself how you would be after ten days of an entire political party trying to ruin your life, your character, your reputation, and your future.

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