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TALKERS magazine—The Top Talk Radio Audiences

Every one of the top six conservative talk show hosts endorsed or favored Gov. Romney in the 2008 presidential primary.

Spring 2008 Data:
Minimum weekly audience in millions:

1. Rush Limbaugh
2. Sean Hannity
3. Michael Savage
4. Glenn Beck
5. Laura Ingraham
5. Mark Levin

Feb 2008 Talkers magazine cover

(Dr. Laura Schlessinger had 8.25+ million listeners, and may be conservative, but she is a relationship talk show host who talked about relationships, rather than politics and candidates.)

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Rush Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh

"Rush Limbaugh, the cigar-chomping conservative stalwart, has been on a tear over the last few weeks, talking up Romney and taking whacks at John McCain and Mike Huckabee." (Boston Globe)

''I think the one candidate of the three still out there on our side that matter... in saying who more closely embodies all three legs of this conservative stool, you'd have to say that it's Mitt Romney. There's actually no choice in the matter.''

"...national radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, who endorsed Romney on Tuesday [February 5, 2008]"

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Rush Limbaugh is the most listened to talk radio host in the United States, has talk radio's No. 1 Web site and publishes the Limbaugh Letter with 500,000 monthly readers. He's also the author of two best-selling books. He has had a weekly audience of over 20 million listeners a week via over 590 stations.

"Before Limbaugh entered national syndication in August 1988, political talk radio was nearly dead and the AM dial was considered history. He revived and revitalized it with a fresh style of humor-laced commentary "or commentary-laced humor" now widely imitated by both conservative and liberal talk hosts."

"Limbaugh's political clout has no equal among radio rivals. The wave of newly elected Republicans, that in 1994 won control of the House of Representatives for the first time in four decades, called themselves the "Dittohead Caucus," using the nickname of Limbaugh fans, and declared Limbaugh to be "an honorary member of Congress." "

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Sean Hannity
Sean Hannity

Hannity: I am voting for Romney.

caller:...but you had [Guiliani] on the show all the time!

Hannity: I had him all the time, Romney all the time, Fred Thompson all the time, Huckabee all the time, we've even had Ron Paul on this program a number of times, we've had Alan Keyes whose running, we've had Sam Brownback, Tom Tancredo and Duncan Hunter on all the time ...and having come to know and like all of these guys, I'm making a decision on issues. And if you ask me who the conservative, the most conservative in the race is, that most represents my values at this time, it is by far and away, Governor Romney!

The show also included this declaration by Hannity:

''I'll tell you right now, and I've not announced this, but I will be voting for Mitt Romney in this campaign. It's the first time I've stated it publicly, I'll state it now!''

Play  Sean Hannity Show - Jan 31, 2008

Sean Hannity, the second most listened to radio talk show host, had 13.25+ million listeners a week via 500 radio stations and the Armed Forces Radio Network.

He is co-host of Fox News Channel's second-highest-rated T.V. show, Hannity & Colmes, reaching 2 million viewers, and has written several best-selling books.

His radio show began the day before 9/11 in 2001.

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Michael Savage
Michael Savage


Aired on May 4, 2007 - 1 1/2 minutes into this audio clip:

''Romney on the other hand has movie star good looks, he's the governor of a state, he made a fortune on his own, he has a history, and I believe Romney could easily be the next president of the United States, which is good news because he's a, I think a very good candidate and a very good American. I'm very encouraged by this. I didn't know Romney before the debate. He came across really well, and on my poll, now I didn't vote, you voted-- he's the clear winner...''

2 1/2 minutes into this audio clip, responding to a caller, and referring to a debate the previous evening:

''I'll tell you, Romney is super articulate, very handsome, and he's very articulate. More over he was very comfortable, the others were shaking, their hands were shaking. They got frightened. No, I'm sorry, we disagree. I think the new president has emerged, unless they smear him, which of course we're going to see in a few months...''

February 02, 2008:

"Last night on the way home, Michael Savage endorsed Mitt Romney for President. As Michael Savage said, Romney is not perfect, but of the ones left standing, he is the best. I went to bed optimistic that Romney will carry the day on Tuesday." (Townhall.com - Revie's Ramblings)

Another comment from the Feb 01 2008 Michael Savage show:

"Tonight we listened to Michael Savage who was uncharacteristically calm but ever so eloquent and on point. He had only positive things to say for Gov. Romney, including that he is a ''moral conservative''." (mittohio blogspot)

"Savage is the third most-listened-to radio talk host in America. He is individualistic, iconoclastic, and eclectic; a passionate populist who sometimes sounds like a shock jock."

He has 8.25 million-plus listeners per week on 377 stations. He is also the author of more than 20 books.

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Glen Beck
Glenn Beck

"...a local sheriff, drove past, escorting nationally syndicated radio talk show host Glenn Beck, who was in Idaho on a fundraising visit for then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney."

''I'm going to be real honest with you. The two people that I would vote for, you and Mitt Romney.''

"GLENN: You know, Governor Romney, as you know I'm a fan of yours and especially when it comes to the economy and I'm very concerned about the economy."

''I'll make my decision on who I'm going to vote for for President and who I would endorse, like it means anything. I don't expect anybody to think that, oh, wow, Glenn's endorsed him; that's a big deal.

''But I'm going to make it as informed as I possibly can. I'm going to do as much as I can, as much homework to find out what really matters, who is this guy? Who are these candidates? ...

''Do you know why I lean towards Mitt Romney? ... I lean towards Mitt Romney because I watch his family. I know his family and I know the people around him. That's why I lean towards him... the reason why I think we have to look at the man, ... not just his record, but I need to look at the man because I really, truly believe we're entering a period where things are going to happen faster and faster and the President has got to feel something in the core of his being.''

"GLENN: It's our last broadcast before the holiday and I'm pleased to be joined with Governor Mitt Romney. Hello, Mitt, how are you, sir?

"GOVERNOR ROMNEY: I'm terrific, Glenn, good to be with you.

"GLENN: You know, I told you this in person. I went down to your speech and saw you in Texas give the speech on faith but it's one of the best speeches I've ever heard and it was just, it was amazing and I've heard this from several people and this is the way I feel. It was a turning point for me in my support for you. I was amazed. I was amazed. Great speech."

With 6.75 million-plus weekly listeners, Glenn Beck was the fourth most listened to conservative radio talk show host, and the third most listened to radio talk show host in the 25 to 54 age group (NY Times). Even in January 2006 when he was the 8th most listened to and heard on 212 stations with a listener audience of over 2.75 million listeners, he was still the third most listened to radio host in the 25-54 age range.

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By 2007 he had "more than 5 million listeners a day on 280 stations. Another 1 million people watch Beck's show on cable's Headline News each weeknight. Beck's Web site, GlennBeck.com, receives more than 3 million visitors a month." (Deseret News)

Laura Ingraham
Laura Ingraham

''And I've got to say, you know, I'm a supporter of Mitt Romney. You know that. But I thought the speech that he gave today was probably the best speech that he's given over the last few years. And it was a good way to go out. He wrote it himself last night. No one wrote it for him. And it was from his heart.'' (Laura Ingraham)

''Alright I'm going to see your endorsement and raise you an announcement. February 12th is the big D.C. primary-- I'm pulling the lever for Mitt Romney! No doubt about it. No hesitation.'' (Laura Ingraham)

Play  Laura Ingraham Show - February 1, 2008

Laura Ingraham is the fifth most listened to conservative radio talk show host, with over 5 million "listeners per week via 340 radio stations and both XM and Sirius Satellite Radio. She appears frequently on television talk shows and has written two books."

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Mark Levin
Mark Levin

''Let's face it, none of the candidates are perfect. They never are. But McCain is the least perfect of the viable candidates. The only one left standing, the only one, after all these weeks of voting, who can honestly be said to share most, most of our conservative principles is Romney... If conservatives, people who care about the future of the Republican Party, don't unite behind Romney at this stage, and I mean right now, and become vocal in their support for him, if they don't coalesce around this one candidate, I'm talking about you folks who continue to vote for Huckabee knowing full well he can't win, then you will get McCain as the republican nominee and you will likely get Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama as president of the United States.'' (Mark Levin, 1-minute audio clip from 27 1/2 minutes into show)

Play  Mark Levin Show - Jan 31, 2008

''When you look at Romney— that's one of the things that struck me sitting next to him, a gentleman, a class act. Didn't attack in any personal way. I mean we're talking about president of the United States potentially here ladies and gentlemen.'' (39:40 minutes into the show).

Play  Mark Levin Show - Jan 31, 2008

Mark Levin, who had worked in Ronald Reagan's cabinet, is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host, with the fifth largest audience. In this radio show, Mr. Levin passionately shares his views on the candidates.

Mark Levin summarizes what he said on this radio show in the following National Review article:

TALKERS magazine - The Top Talk Radio Audiences

Every major political talk show host who was conservative, libertarian or independent spoke favorably of Governor Romney, with most of the conservatives openly favoring or endorsing him in the 2008 primary.

Additionally, even liberal leaning talk show hosts spoke favorably of Governor Romney although they favored more liberal candidates.

Talk show hosts with the five largest audiences were previously referenced.

06.  Neal Boortz
07.  Mike Gallagher
07.  Michael Medved
08.  Bill O'Reilly
09.  Bill Bennett
10.  Jerry Doyle
11.  Rusty Humphries
11.  Lars Larson
12.  Don Imus
13.  Hugh Hewitt
13.  Alan Colmes
13.  G. Gordon Liddy
13.  Dennis Miller *
14.  Michael Reagan
13.  Dennis Prager

Feb 2008 Talkers magazine cover

*Dennis Miller is not a political talk show host, but he is a talk show host who offers "his unique take on the day's topics with comedy and satire", "Dennis is the master satiric chronicler of our times". He therefore weighed in on Governor Romney. Except for Dennis, the above list does not include those who are not political talk show hosts, most if not all of whom did not talk about Gov. Romney, and whose comments, if any, have not been tracked.

These talk-show hosts are Dave Ramsey (financial), Clark Howard (consumer advice), Doug Stephan (Good Morning America Format: celebrity guests, news, weather, politics, entertainment, sports and business), George Noory (Coast-to-coast "Overnight radio program pursuing the unexplained"), Kim Komando (computer show), Jim Rome (sports talk host), Bob Brinker (financial advice), Tom Leykis ("Male-female relationships"), Mancow (His show features a large cast of characters, adolescent pranks, and a "Drunk Chick Friday" segment in which women in his studio supposedly become progressively intoxicated and rowdy during the show), Dr. Joy Browne (radio psychologist), Dr. Dean Edell (Consumer health info), and Bill Handel (Handle on the Law - "a nationally syndicated radio program that reaches millions of listeners... Handel on the Law began broadcasting in 1985").

The above list also does not include most liberal talk show hosts, whose comments if any have not been tracked. The most popular liberal talk show host, Jim Bohannon, has been friendly to Mitt Romney but seems not to have expressed commentary on him. (E.g.- Bohannon interviews Romney.) Mr. Bohannon may be the most popular liberal talk show host in part because he is 'a soft-edged liberal' rather than a hard core liberal. He prefers to describe himself as a militant moderate.

Liberal radio talk show hosts not included in the above list are Jim Bohannon, Ed Schultz, Thom Hartmann, Lionel (a liberal who dislikes being categorized on the left¹, stating he "loathes ... bumper sticker labels"), Stephanie Miller and Randi Rhodes.

¹ Liberal talk show hosts have generally not been nearly as successful as conservative talk show hosts in the number who have made it nationally, or in the size of their audiences. Some therefore might not like to be identified as liberal in an effort to attract larger audiences.

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Neal Boortz
Neal Boortz

''Now that Florida results are in it would seem that the presidential beauty contest has been pretty much narrowed down to Clinton, Obama, Romney and McCain. There is only one conservative in the bunch, and that would be Mitt Romney.''

''McCain isn't the perfect candidate. Frankly, I think that Romney would make a better president...

''BUT ... AS FOR SUPER TUESDAY ... I'll be voting for Mike Huckabee. Right now I consider a vote for Huckabee to be a vote for the FairTax... This morning "FairTax, The Truth" [by Neal Boortz] was Number 22 on Amazon.com.''

''Over half the nation heads to the primary polls today. So ... how about a superficial voter guide?

''Mitt Romney: Someone once said that the business of America is business. Mitt Romney has shown astounding success as a businessman.

''John McCain: There is no question about his dedication to the cause of protecting our nation from Islamic radicalism. For some, this is the most important issue in the election. His experience in Washington makes Hillary's so-called experience look like nothing more than a quick tour of the White House.

''Mike Huckabee: First, he's a genuinely nice guy. Second ... a vote for Huckabee is a vote for the FairTax. This will be a signal to many candidates that although Mike doesn't really stand a chance of winning the nomination .. he still enjoys voter support because of his promotion of the FairTax.''

A humorous commentary by Neal on conspiracy theorists claims:

''How absurd can these flakes get? Well .. try this one. I'm told that one Linda Poole from Macon, Georgia called my Macon, Georgia affiliate, WMAC radio. To explain why I was critical of Ron Paul on my show. Imagine my surprise when I found out that, according to Ms. Poole, Mitt Romney owns a part of my radio show!

''All this time ... and I never knew that Mitt Romney owned part of my radio show. Why in the hell am I kept in the dark on things like this? How much of the profits is he taking? Why are his talking points not getting to me? Dammit, I want answers ... NOW.''

Neal Boortz is the seventh most listened to political talk show host on the radio with 4.25 plus million listeners a week.

Neal Boortz is "America's most popular Libertarian talk-show host."

(He is actually not a conservative talk show host, but a libertarian, whose views agree with republicans on several issues.)

''I had the opportunity to meet Mitt Romney and hear his speech this past Friday. I also have his book "No Apology" which hits the bookstores tomorrow. For now .. and the 2012 election is certainly a long way off .. this is my guy. If Newt Gingrich announces his candidacy I'm going to have some decisions to make.''

Mike Gallagher
Mike Gallagher

''For now, the front runners on the GOP side seem to be Mayor Giuliani and Gov. Romney. That's a pretty impressive pair to choose from.''

On Fox News, the conservative talk radio host said, ''I've interviewed Mitt Romney a number of times. I like his ideology, he's right on the issues.''

Michael Medved
Michael Medved

''Most members of the public know nothing about Romney’s dazzling achievements in business and as governor of Massachusetts. They’ve received little exposure to his undeniable charisma and charm, they’ve never heard about his robust conservative platform...

''When the former Massachusetts governor begins to fill in the blanks about his personality and his past, when voters get to know his family (with five ridiculously handsome, over-achieving sons, and a beautiful wife currently stricken with MS), when they hear about his record in rescuing failing businesses and turning around a troubled Olympics, his religious commitment will look far less significant or influential.''

''It is a great day for increasing political clarity, why? Well, because lots of people have talked about the Christian conservatives, the religious conservatives, the values conservatives, and the difficulty that people have had in the social conservative movement coalescing around one candidate. It appears, increasingly, that, that sort of unity is occurring, and it's in behalf of a candidate named Romney, and he is the former Governor of Massachusetts, ... Matt Lewis at Town Hall, my colleague, says it's official, Romney is now the social conservative alternative.''

Play  Michael Medved Nov 6, 2007

''The three major candidates share remarkably similar commitments on important issues. All three- McCain, Romney and Huckabee-want a stronger military and no surrender to terrorism; lower, simpler taxes; smaller government, with no wasteful earmarks; defense of innocent human life, traditional human marriage and gun rights; strict constructionist judges; greatly enhanced border security and workplace enforcement; health care reform through the free market, not government bureaucracy; more parental choice in education. Each of the three candidates could run with complete comfort on the same conservative platform.''

Bill O'Reilly

Bill O'Reilly

" ''When it comes to protecting our citizens, we have to do everything in our power. And political correctness is going to have to take a back seat. It would be silly not to recognize that in some mosques there have been extremists, and that there is a higher degree of a risk from those who are coming here from terror-sponsoring lands.'' (Mitt Romney)

"The Factor lauded Governor Romney for speaking the truth and paying the price. ''Political correctness rules here in America...'' "

Bill O'Reilly on The Factor "praised Mitt Romney's recent performance" following a republican debate. "Romney is rising in all the polls. The more people see him, the casual person says 'gee, this guy looks like a president.' "

''I think Governor Romney is a patriotic American.'' (Bill O'Reilly)

''The economic conservatives like Mitt Romney, who is a big business guy... if it's the economy, stupid, Mitt Romney comes out on top... On the Republican side of the court, it is still a jump ball, with Romney and McCain having the best position.''

Bill O'Reilly has 3.5 million-plus listeners per week via more than 400 radio stations. The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel is the highest-rated show on cable television, with about 3 million viewers nightly; he is a widely distributed syndicated columnist: His syndicated column is published by over 300 newspapers. Bill O'Reilly is independent with some conservative leanings- he favors war on terror, admires Bobby Kennedy, and "Every week he finds occasions to agree with something a prominent Democratic politician has said".

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Bill Bennett

Bill Bennett

Bill Bennett talking of poll numbers favoring Mitt Romney in 2007:

"It is terrific. And we're not cynical about it... We just think it's great... Still the best line in a presidential debate was Mitt Romney's. They were all asked about Clinton. 'Was it a good idea to bring him back to Washington?' Governor Romney said, after a pause, 'You've got to be kidding!' It was the best spontaneous response yet."

Bill Bennett interviewing Mitt Romney:

"Let's talk about substance. You're a substantive guy. Immigration. We thought this thing was dead [the amnesty bill], but it's back."

Romney: [talks about immigration]

Bennett: Iran...

Romney: [talks about Iran and foreign policy]

Bennett: You have a great mind, your applying this mind to foreign policy issues now...

Bennett: The economy, it's not a story, your a very successful business man. Though your peanuts compared to Mike Bloomberg I must say! This has got to make you feel pretty funny, right? [Romney laughs.] People are talking about how rich you are, but now you know how the rest of us feel! [someone laughing in Mr. Bennett's studio.] Because you look at Bloomberg!
Mitt Romney: Well, anytime somebody has more money than you do, they are by definition rich, so...
Bill Bennett: [laughing] Yea, that's right!
Romney: I think people, I think people- I'll assume that anybody who has got a billion bucks is very rich, and I'm not going to argue with that.
Bennett: No, no, we're not. We're just, we're just teasing! But it's funny. But it does tell you about the stupidity of the campaign finance reform, doesn't it? I mean the reason this guy is a plausible candidate is because he's got five billion. Otherwise he's not a plausible candidate... It seems to me if there is full disclosure, it ought to be allowed, Your view?

Romney: Well, that is my view... the person who raises a million dollars for you has done a lot more work for you than the person who wrote a check for a million.
Bennett: Yeah.
Romney: And if you think you owe something to somebody, the guy who raises a million is the person who you owe it to.
Bennett: That's a great point.
Romney: And the people who raise it are lobbyists!
Bennett: That's a great point! ... We're looking for a president-- We're more interested in intelligence than money, and you qualify in both points, but it's the intelligence we like sir.

Bill Bennett: "I think that Romney stood out tonight. I think he was loud and clear. Conservative. He was 'all-in' as you'd say in Texas Hold 'em... I thought he came across very strong. I think you guys are absolutely right. That opening debate between Romney and Giuliani was, I think, the pivotal point of the evening. And I think points to Romney." (CNN's Post-Debate Coverage, 11/28/07)

Bill Bennett donated the maximum contribution to Governor Romney's presidential campaign, which was the only candidate Mr. Bennett supported in 2008.

Jerry Doyle

Jerry Doyle

Jerry Doyle's Archived Articles page summarizes main topics from each show.



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"July 16th, 2008 WEDNESDAY

"If McCain was smart, he would announce his VP this week and make it Mitt Romney. Obama would be over. Romney could fix things, he understands business."

"OCTOBER 15, 2008

"...the campaign should have been Romneys"

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Rusty Humphries

Rusty Humphries

"It is the Rusty Humphries show. It's time to make that decision. Super-Tuesday's coming up on Tuesday for a lot of very important places... do you want somebody that's conservative and in the direction that I think our country should go? Governor Mitt Romney I think is the right guy... I'm very thrilled about it." (Rusty Humphries)

(The above statement is about half way through the show.)

Play  Rusty Humphries Show - February 1, 2008 (1 minute)

Over 1/3 into the Jan 12, 2008 show:

"Mitt Romney has a sense of humor. And I think we'd like to see him loosen up a little bit. And he's very strong. I mean his record is one of success. And I'd sure like to see that success be parleyed into our country."

Play  Rusty Humphries Show - Jan 12, 2008 (18 seconds)

2-3 minutes into the show (one day after New Hampshire primary):

"As we take a look of what's going on in the political landscape, I'm taking a look at these candidates that are supposedly the front runners now all of a sudden, Barack Obama, Mike Huckabee, and what is it that they're doing? They're looking forward. Now there's a reason why they're looking forward. They either don't like their record or they don't have one. Lucky that. That's part of the problem. You see, what's good for them, is for some reason... voters seem to be in the mood to be told to look forward, ...and don't look to the past, ... Yet Mitt Romney, ... his work in the private sector- turning around companies, making millions of dollars, the Olympics-- nobody cares... Right now we are in stupid mode, and there doesn't appear to be anything that can be done about it. We're ready to buy the Brooklyn Bridge. We're ready to stock up on snake oil... We don't want to hold anybody accountable... Don't ask us questions, don't make us accountable, don't worry about that... You want a guy who says he's conservative, says he's okay with raising taxes, open borders, pardoning murderers, hey, Mike Huckabee, he's your guy!"

Play  Rusty Humphries Show - Jan 12, 2008

Lars Larson

Lars Larson

In this clip Lars interviews U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher. Rep. Rohrabacher begins by stating in the first few seconds of this clip: "Mitt Romney is the best candidate." Lars replies, "Well, absolutely,... I'm already sold on him." They then discuss the candidates stands on illegal immigration, taxing, spending, etc. (Lars Larson is a popular national radio talk show host.)

Play  Lars Larson Rohrabacher interview - Jan 22, 2008 (first few seconds)

The following link has a list of audio clips.
Select 2008, January, then click on the Jan 22 Rohrabacher clip:

"It's time for the GOP to pick a real Republican standard bearer. I've been keeping my powder dry on this question for months until I had a chance to talk to all the potential nominees. I've done that now, and I'm left with only one conclusion-- Governor Mitt Romney is the best choice for 2008." (Lars Larson)

"It's about time for the GOP to pick a real Republican standard bearer...

"Governor Mitt Romney is the best choice for 2008. He has a track record as a governor, taking Massachusetts from billions in deficit to billions in surplus. He brought respectability back to a scandal plagued Olympics. Romney built businesses from the ground up, and he rescued others from the brink of the financial abyss. He won't grant amnesty, he won't infringe my first amendment rights, and he's proposing tax cuts, not tax hikes."

Play  Lars Larson's Mitt Romney endorsement on NW Reports - Feb 4, 2008

(Lars Larson is a popular radio talk show host with well over 2 million listeners a week, one of the 12 largest audiences in the country.)

Don Imus

Don Imus

At the end of this program, Don Imus states,

''Well, you've been charming, Governor. Your material's a lot better than the people we're paying a fortune to write for me. And thank you very much for doing this and good luck.''

Introduction of Governor Romney next time he is on the show:

''It's not surprising, but you got a big round of applause there... The first time we met (you know, we're very cynical), and we always think the worst of everyone until we meet them, and then most the time after we talk to them we still think the same thing, but I'm trying to figure out the way to get off the McCain bandwagon and get on yours, except I don't know if it's too soon to do that.''

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''Although slightly liberal, his sharp tongue slashes Republican and Democratic politicians alike.''

Romney on St. Patrick's Day

Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt

''Governor Romney is an incredibly gifted man --intelligent in the way very few people are, charismatic, and blessed with an amiable openness and determined, strong character...the qualities I found so compelling in him, and confirm for me my decision to support him made many months ago. Had the conservative movement more quickly recognized these qualities, the coming together around Romney that has occurred in the last few weeks would have assured him the nomination and, I think, the White House. But it didn't, and now the task is to assure that Senator McCain succeeds President Bush for the very reasons Mitt Romney outlined today...

''Those who know, endorsed, contributed to and worked on behalf of George and Mitt Romney are extraordinarily proud to have done so, as I am, and will remain.''

Alan Colmes

Alan Colmes

Liberal talk show host Alan Colmes does not politically align with Governor Romney, but stated,

''It's a shame that 47 years after J.F.K. gave a speech on it's OK to be a Catholic and be a president that Mitt Romney has to say it's OK to be another faith and be president of the United States. And at what point do we mature enough as a country where this is a total non-issue? ...

''I'm not a Romney supporter. I don't agree with him politically. I would not vote for him if he ran against [Senators Clinton and Obama,] the people you said you would not vote for. Nevertheless, look at his values, look at his family, look at the way he lives his life''.

G. Gordon Liddy
G. Gordon Liddy


A major issue leading up to the 2008 elections has been the problem of illegal immigration. Polls indicate a vast majority of Americans are concerned about the problem and want it solved. This has especially been vocalized by conservatives.

In response to this growing political pressure, congress addressed the issue with the McCain-Kennedy Bill, and a revision of that bill introduced by Sen. Reid in May 2007, touting it as an effective solution. The bill had wide congressional support, passing the senate 62-36, and was well on its way to becoming law when talk show hosts and others, G. Gordon Liddy being one of the vocal leaders in that movement, pointed out the bill gives amnesty to most of the millions of people here illegally while not taking effective action to ensure illegal immigration is stopped in the future. G. Gordon Liddy even gathered a petition to congress. The efforts of Liddy and others resulted in a grass-roots uproar that killed the bill, which became nicknamed the "Amnesty Bill".

G. Gordon Liddy took such a strong stance on illegal immigration, that on the top of his homepage is a "Must Know" menu option that has only two sections: an "Illegal Alien News" and "Must Read" section.

G. Gordon Liddy's Not So Subtle Endorsement:

At the bottom of his homepage, in large capital letters, throughout the 2008 campaign was:



At the top of the linked page is a quote of Mitt Romney strongly opposing the amnesty bill and G. Gordon Liddy strongly asking people to remember this when they vote in 2008.

What G. Gordon Liddy did was encourage visitors to vote for Governor Mitt Romney in a way more effective than telling people how to vote, but in a dramatic way, give them facts and then show the Governor's stand, and let them put 2 and 2 together. The quote Liddy includes, which was published the month the bill was introduced, is:

Governor Mitt Romney On The Senate Immigration Agreement

Boston, MA - Governor Mitt Romney issued the following statement on today's U.S. Senate agreement on immigration reform:

"I strongly oppose today's bill going through the Senate. It is the wrong approach. Any legislation that allows illegal immigrants to stay in the country indefinitely, as the new 'Z-Visa' does, is a form of amnesty. That is unfair to the millions of people who have applied to legally immigrate to the U.S.

"Today's Senate agreement falls short of the actions needed to both solve our country's illegal immigration problem and also strengthen our legal immigration system. Border security and a reliable employment verification system must be our first priority."

In a discussion board between members of Americans for Legal Immigration in the first of February, 2008, in which posters shared their enthusiasm for Governor Romney, one reported that G. Gordon Liddy had actually (not just subtly) endorsed Governor Romney as well, which many talk show hosts did prior to Super Tuesday.

Dennis Millter

Dennis Miller

Bill O'Rielly: “How important in this world is Romney's appearance, which I mean, you can't get more presidential looking... I think that means a lot in America.”

Dennis Miller: “Well I do too, but when you back it up with the fact that he's competent too-- he ran a pretty tight Olympics, and you know this is the guy who invented Staples. And I think he understands the step-by-step business plan.

“And I think the Staples thing's going to come out. Adversaries best keep their head up, because it will be death by a thousand paper cuts with Romney!

“It will be a very organized...”

Bill O'Rielly: “Staples department store, is that what you're saying?”

Dennis Miller: “Staples office stores. I think that Romney was there at the beginning of that. So I think he's a pretty savvy guy. Not only does he look good, he's good at what he does!”

Dennis Miller - Comedian

Dennis Miller: “What sort of man is Mitt Romney, I'm enamored of him to an extent. I read a book called "Cape Wind" where he did not come off well to me in that book. But he seems like a good man. Is he?”

Barbara Comstock, political strategist: “He is, he is. I mean, obviously I thought he would be most qualified and the best person for a number one position and a number two position. But what he is mostly is somebody who has a tremendously successful life in the private sector which I think is something that really [matters]. In a leadership position, businesses, signs the front side of a paycheck and cashes the back side. And then he did the Olympics here [in the U.S.], took them from a scandal to a huge success, you know, even after 9/11. And then as governor he went into the, you know, shark infested waters of Massachusetts, and I think roger that, did a bang-up job starting with the budget and holding the line on all the spending that crazy democrats up there wanted to do. And then he had to deal with crazy things like the supreme court of Massachusetts trying to redefine marriage.”

Dennis Miller: “Mm, huh. I always liked the way he was with his wife and children too. He seemed like such a nice family man... Yes, he was a great soul, I admired him.”

Play  The Dennis Miller Show - Sept 1, 2008 (3 1/2 minutes into 9 minute interview)

“Miller is a five-time Emmy award winner for his critically acclaimed half-hour, live talk show "Dennis Miller Live" which had a nine year run on HBO. He also wrote and starred in the Emmy-nominated cable comedy special "Raw Feed", his sixth such special. He was the host and executive producer of CNBC's "Dennis Miller", a topical interview talk show featuring reasoned discourse, opinion and humor. Additionally, Miller has appeared on many politically oriented television talk shows.

“He has also been cast in films, usually in dramatic roles, most notably in 1994's "Disclosure," 1995's "The Net," and 1996's "Murder at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue."

“In October 2001, HarperCollins published the fourth edition of Miller's popular rants, "The Rant Zone," now out in paperback. Miller's previous books, "I Rant Therefore I Am;" "Ranting Again" and "The Rants" have all been New York Times best sellers. For two seasons, Miller called the plays alongside Al Michaels and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts on ABC's "Monday Night Football." He was also the "Weekend Update" correspondent on "Saturday Night Live" for six years, before exiting in 1991. He has yet to appear in a show with the words, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday in the title.

“Over the years, Miller has become both a public and critical favorite... The Hollywood Reporter called his most recent special, "an hour of topical, scathing brilliance that helps cement Miller's status as the Lenny Bruce of the new millennium...the most cerebral, astute and clever standup ever to put mouth to microphone." August 2006”

Although not categorically a political talk show host, he is a major talk show host with at least 1.5 million listeners each week.

Michael Reagan
Michael Reagan

Casting the First (Litmus) Stone - Michael Reagan

Michael Reagan, in comparing Mitt Romney to Ronald Reagan:

''One of the criticisms about former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney focuses on his record concerning the abortion issue. . . It may come as a surprise to these purists, but Ronald Reagan once supported abortion too. . . Romney's record shows he should be totally acceptable to all conservatives . . .

''Not one of the major candidates is free of some real or imagined flaw that offends some conservatives. This is madness, and if it does not stop, the GOP is going to lose the presidential election in 2008. . . nobody was more candid in admitting that he was anything but perfect than my Dad.'' (Michael Reagan, national talk show host, Ronald Reagan's son.)

This support is stronger in light of Reagan's other comments, including:

''As I watched McCain and Governor Romney go at it during the debate at the Reagan Library I was struck by the huge gap that separates McCain -- ... and my dad, Ronald Reagan ... he thinks [conservatives] can be duped into thinking he's one of them, despite such blatantly anti-conservative actions as his support for amnesty for illegal immigrants, his opposition to the Bush tax cuts which got the economy rolling again, and his campaign finance bill which skewed the political process and attacked free speech.''

Dennis Prager
Dennis Prager

Dennis Prager - Aug 7, 2007

''What constitutes an honest change of mind? I sometimes feel that politicians, whether on the right or the left half, have a damned if you do, damned if you don't attitude projected onto them. If you never change your mind, well then you clearly haven't grown. If you do change your mind, then you're a flip flopper. Now I have not followed this in great detail, the Mitt Romney position on abortion. I'm sure some of you have. I want you to tell me, and I will learn this way. I want you to tell me what constitutes a flip flop in this case rather than an honest change of mind. The man after all is a believing Mormon. And so one would have to assume that all things being equal, he probably is pro life. And that the aberration in his case is not pro life but the aberration from where he's coming from is pro choice. Now on the other hand, Jesse Jackson was pro life then became an active democrat, and became pro choice. So, I could challenge Dennis, because I think Jesse Jackson did a flip flop. I think that it is very rare that a person goes honestly from the position of 'I think the human fetus has human rights' to 'I think the human fetus has absolutely no human rights'. It's hard for me to believe that somebody goes that direction, because they have awakened over time to a moral awareness of the insignificance of a human fetus.

''So I admit, and you may say, well Prager, you see, you are agenda driven. You don't like Jackson and you like Romney.

''And so therefore you have given Jackson no benefit of the doubt, and you have given Romney the benefit of the doubt.

''That may be. To the extent that I know myself, I do not believe that that is the reason, but I would understand your cynicism.''

Dennis Prager on Mitt Romney

Dennis Prager - Before the Florida Primary, Jan 22, 2008

''To the extent that I understand how most Republicans think, it would seem that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani comes closer to the Republican ideal than any of the other viable Republican candidates. They are all good and decent men who would be better for America than either of the Democratic front-runners...

''But between Rudy Giuliani (and, for that matter, Mitt Romney) on the one hand and John McCain on the other, there is little question as to who more embodies mainstream conservative and Republican principles.''

Dennis Prager - on his Super Tuesday talk show - Feb 5, 2008

''I hope that Mitt Romney can be the nominee.''

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