Limbaugh Challenges Obama to Debate
March 4, 2009 at 1:59 PM (PT)
In his opening monologue on WEDNESDAY's show, PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS host RUSH LIMBAUGH challenged President OBAMA to a debate. The challenge comes in the wake of the administration's criticism of LIMBAUGH and liberal groups' advertising campaigns to position LIMBAUGH as the head of the REPUBLICAN PARTY.
After playing the ad sponsored by AMERICANS UNITED FOR CHANGE and saying that OBAMA Chief of Staff RAHM EMANUEL and Democratic consultants JAMES CARVILLE and PAUL BEGALA were leading the campaign to "demonize" him, LIMBAUGH said, "If these guys are so impressed with themselves, and if they are so sure of their correctness, why doesn't President OBAMA come on my show? We will do a one-on-one debate of ideas and policies."
LIMBAUGH said that he is "offering President OBAMA to come on this program -- without staffers, without a teleprompter, without note cards -- to debate me on the issues. Let's talk about free markets versus government control. Let's talk about nationalizing health care and raising taxes on small business. Let's talk about the New Deal versus Reaganomics. Let's talk about closing GUANTANAMO BAY, and let's talk about sending $900 million to HAMAS. Let's talk about illegal immigration and the lawlessness on the borders. Let's talk about massive deficits and the destroying of opportunities of future generations. Let's talk about ACORN, community agitators, and the unions that represent the government employees which pour millions of dollars into your campaign, President OBAMA. Let's talk about your elimination of school choice for minority students in the DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. Let's talk about your efforts to further reduce domestic drilling and refining of oil. Let's talk about your stock market."
Chiding OBAMA for his comments on the "up and down" stock market, LIMBAUGH, addressing OBAMA, said, "Let's go ahead and have a debate on this show. No limits. Now that your handlers are praising themselves for promoting me as the head of a political party -- they think that's a great thing -- then it should be a no-brainer for you to further advance this strategy by debating me on the issues and on the merits, and wipe me out once and for all! Just come on this program. Let's have a little debate. You tell me how wrong I am and you can convince the rest of the Americans that don't agree with you how wrong we all are." He offfered OBAMA a round trip on his private jet, SUV service from the airport, and hotel accomodations at THE BREAKERS in PALM BEACH.
"I want to thank you guys for elevating me beyond the stature I already earned and achieved," LIMBAUGH concluded, "because now more and more Americans have the opportunity to learn who you really are, what your ideas will really accomplish, and what damage and harm I think your policies will bring for a very, very long time to them and to this country. So I want to thank you for the opportunity. Obviously, it's a threat targeting me. I've extended the invitation. I'm looking forward to hearing back from whoever in your cabal one way or the other on accepting my offer."