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RUSH: This is Ann, Littleton, Colorado. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Thanks, Rush. Hey, I’m one of those that didn’t listen last night or didn’t watch, and so I’m just glad to learn all this that I’m learning. But I did watch Marco Rubio and I wondered if you were as offended as I was when he took a sip of water.

RUSH: Offended?

CALLER: Well, that’s what they’re all saying this morning.

RUSH: Again, just tell you the truth: I’m watching Rubio, and I have had dry mouth before, and I knew he had it. I could tell the way he was speaking.


RUSH: Snerdley is saying, “He was wiping sweat and his…” No, that’s not what he did. He had dry mouth. His mouth was dry. He kept… (smacking lips) He kept doing this. (smacking lips) That comes, by the way, from being nervous. It comes from butterflies. That’s what causes it. Either that or the room was too hot. One other thing that can legitimately cause it is excessively warm temperatures. That room could have been hot. The TV lights could have been hot.

That can also cause dry mouth.

So he reaches for the bottle of water, takes a drink of it, and, yeah, they’re making fun of the guy all day and laughing for taking a drink of water. He’s handling it very well, by the way. He tweeted a bottle of water last night. He did television interviews today with a bottle of water all day. I think that slot is one of the lowest-payoff slots that there is in politics, responding to a presidential speech. I don’t care if it’s State of the Union, whatever it is.

I mean, you go from the magnanimity of the House chamber and the the American flag. You get Boehner and Plugs back there, but just the majesty of that, with the constant applause! And then you go to a little room with no noise, no audience, no applause lines and nobody applauding and so forth. It’s a really, really tough thing to do and to stand out, and he did it, and the way he’s handling that bottle of water, I think it’s just another illustration of the odds that Republicans face.

As far as they’re concerned, he’s disqualified to be president because of that. He’s disqualified to run ’cause he took a drink of water. He had dry mouth. Oh, his speech was excellent! It was an excellent speech. He took it right to Obama. He took it right to Obama. In fact, we’ve got it. I’ll play some excerpts of Rubio. I’m not gonna play any excerpts of Obama. I did not see any of the Spanish part because I wouldn’t have been able to understand the Spanish part. I watched the English version.

That’s what we have some excerpts of.

I’ll get to that before the program ends.


RUSH: Okay, I said we’re gonna listen to some Marco Rubio, and I better do it. Let’s get a couple of those in here. He did a response both in English and Spanish, and of course we have the English version response. Here’s the first of our sound bites…

RUBIO: Presidents in both parties, from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan, have known that our free enterprise economy is the source of our middle class prosperity. But President Obama? He believes it’s the cause of our problems, that the economic downturn happened because our government didn’t tax enough, spend enough, or control enough. And therefore, as you heard tonight, his solution to virtually every problem we face is for Washington to tax more, borrow more, and spend more. This idea that our problems were caused by a government that was too small? It’s just not true. In fact, the major cause of our recent downturn was a housing crisis created by reckless government policies.

RUSH: Here’s the next one. We getting closer here. It’s why this was good, because Rubio was getting as close as anybody on the Republican side has to properly putting in context and understanding how Obama is doing all of this and what his motives are.

RUBIO: Any time anyone opposes the president’s agenda, he and his allies usually respond by falsely attacking their motives. When we point out that no matter how many job-killing laws we pass, our government can’t control the weather, he accuses us of wanting dirty water and dirty air. When we suggest we strengthen our safety-net programs by giving states more flexibility to manage them, he accuses us of wanting to leave the elderly and the disabled to fend for themselves. And tonight, he even criticized us for refusing to raise taxes to delay military cuts, cuts that were his idea in the first place.

RUSH: That’s because you guys are the mythical enemy standing in his way. You guys are the cause of all the problems. You guys, Senator Rubio, caused all these problems and he’s trying to fix them. And he’s running a perpetual campaign to do it. Now, move forward sound bite number ten. This is a direct statement to the president that Rubio made.

RUBIO: Mr. President, I don’t oppose your plan because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans ’cause I want to protect my neighbors — hardworking, middle class Americans who don’t need us to come up with a plan to grow the government. They need a plan to grow the middle class. Tax increases can’t do this. Raising taxes won’t create private sector jobs, and there’s no realistic tax increase that could lower our deficits by almost $4 trillion. That’s why I hope the president will abandon his obsession with raising taxes, and instead work with us to achieve real growth in our economy.

RUSH: Okay, let’s parse this. “Mr. President, I don’t oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors — hardworking, middle class Americans who don’t need us to come up with a plan to grow the government.” He’s not growing the government. That’s not what he’s doing. Everybody that hears Obama thinks that he’s making government smaller. He said that last night.

He said (impression), “Government can’t solve everything, but my gosh. We’ve gotta use some powerful force to fight against all of you people out there who’ve created this problem, or these problems. Tax increases can’t do this. Raising taxes won’t create private sector jobs. I’m not trying to create jobs by raising taxes. I’m trying to get even with people! I’m not trying to create jobs by raising taxes.

“Senator Rubio, you totally misunderstand. I’m raising taxes on people to get even. They’ve taken too much of what other people have earned. They’re living off the hard work of other people. It’s time they paid their fair share. Who’s talking about creating jobs by raising taxes? That’s not what I’m trying to do. I’m creating jobs with my jobs programs, and you’re standing in the way. I’ve got plan after plan to create jobs, and you oppose me!

“You’re trying to protect the rich. You don’t want their taxes to go up. Who ever said anything about raising taxes to create jobs? I’m not doing that!” This is Obama. This is how he reacts to this. There’s no realistic tax increase that could lower our deficit by almost $4 trillion. “Well, we don’t have to lower the deficit by $4 trillion. We already did! Didn’t you hear what I said last night? We’ve already had nearly $4 trillion in deficit reduction, and people from both sides of the aisle agree with this, economists and everybody.

“I’m not raising taxes to lower the deficit. I’m lowering the deficit because we can’t handle this kind of debt anymore. I had nothing to do with creating this debt. I’ve only become president a short time ago. That debt was here. I’m trying to reduce it, and at the same time I’m trying to make sure that people who benefited unfairly give a little back.” That’s all he’s saying. That’s how he would react to what Rubio’s saying here if he tried to specifically react to Rubio’s charges.

So the point is, we’re gonna have to figure out a proper and effective way of opposing all this.

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