Limbaugh: “I Would Be A Distraction” As GOP Debate Moderator

RUSH:  There’s a news story out there that says the RNC is considering having people like me or Sean Hannity or Mark Levin moderate Republican presidential primary debates for the 2016 election.  And I simply opined at the beginning of the program, I was telling Mr. Snerdley, “I don’t know that this would work. I might be too famous to do this.”  And old Jeff here is assuming that what I meant was that I was going to overshadow and dominate.  I would never say —

CALLER:  Well, I meant too famous as well in the sense of a star based, having their own star base or at least new attention base, so I don’t mean overshadow in that sense because frankly I think she has the facility, probably the only one that could match verbal jibes with you.  I meant also the star base, the star attraction, you know, the everybody wants to see, that kind of thing.  I can’t think of anyone other than her that would be a counterbalance to you that people would want to see.  Otherwise you’re correct, you would kind of be more newsworthy than any candidate, except her.

RUSH:  Well, see, the purpose of this would be to maybe change that.  I think the thinking about this is that if you put these Republicans with, I don’t want to say “like-minded,” but put them with people who are not automatically adversarial, who are not trying to defeat them, who aren’t treating them as suspects out of the box, that they might blossom. We might get a little bit more out of who they really are rather than the defensive, don’t want to offend anybody, don’t want to upset anybody way they behave with Democrat moderators.

CALLER:  But your point was I would want to see you, that Rush Limbaugh is controversial.  My only point is, yeah, it is true, but if one of the candidates at the debate was Sarah Palin, she’s the only one that eyes would want to see, what she was saying, too. That’s my only point when you were saying that, oh, yeah, everybody would want to see you out of interest.  Well, I think she’s the one —

RUSH:  No, I didn’t mean it as — (crosstalk)

CALLER:  — to you as far as interest.

RUSH:  No, no, no, I meant that I would be a distraction.

CALLER:  Well, there again —

RUSH:  I didn’t mean it that I would be overshadowing, because I’m not running.  Now, it may well be that after one of these debates people will say, “Well, why don’t you run?”  I’m not running.  I was simply saying that I might end up being a distraction.

CALLER:  Well, any way you want to see it, if you call it a distraction as well, you wouldn’t distract from the only one I would think would be Sarah Palin, and she would probably be the only one that would distract from you.  That’s my only point.

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Rush Responds To Rumors Of Moderating GOP Debate: “I’m Too Famous”


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