Debt Ceiling Debate: Why We Need A Change In Washington
Sean spent some time on Thursday’s show highlighting the debate on the debt ceiling cap. “There’s a largely unspoken truth on the debt ceiling,” began Hannity, “Voters strongly oppose giving a blank check to the President and an overwhelming 89% of voters oppose raising the debt ceiling without significant spending cuts.” This came from the Resurgent Republic survey conducted this past week and highlighted on The Daily Caller’s article by Luke Frans. “Even Democrats strongly agree that we need to tie raising the debt ceiling with spending cuts,” explained Hannity, “We’re winning the debate here.” It’s a fair point for sure and it begs the question, if so many Americans are against raising the debt ceiling without significant cuts in spending, why isn’t Washington doing just that. Perhaps Sean is right, there needs to be a change in Washington.
Senator Marco Rubio: What Does Congress Need To Do?
Senator Marco Rubio stopped by to discuss the battle over the debt ceiling and what it means for voters. “Americans oppose giving a blank check to the President,” began Hannity, “You have public opinion on your side so now the question is whether the Republicans will hold the line.” “I hope so because this is the issue that defined 2010,” offered Rubio, “If you were elected in 2010 and you came up here to tackle those issues and we don’t then people will lose hope that we will ever tackle those issues.” Finally we’ve heard from someone who gets what’s at stake. In 2010 Americans voted for fiscal conservatives who would be willing to make the difficult decisions about how to spend less money and that’s what we’re expecting to see from our elected representatives.
President Newt Gingrich?
Sean was joined by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich who’s made the announcement that he is running for President in 2012. “The real unemployment is at 16 percent and the IMF is reporting that China will surpass the American economy in just five years,” offered Hannity, “this seems to tell me that a dip is just around the corner.” Gingrich offered, “I hope we don’t go into a deeper recession but I do worry about it.” Certainly Speaker Gingrich will have his hands full in a crowded 2012 race but he has experience which may serve him well. For more on this announcement, check out the story on Hannity.com.
From 2000-2008, Rubio served in the Florida House of Representatives. During this period, he served as Majority Whip, Majority Leader and Speaker of the House, effectively promoting an agenda of lower taxes, better schools, a leaner and more efficient government and free market empowerment. During his legislative career, Rubio also promoted efforts to develop a world-class public school curriculum, increase performance-based accountability, enhance school choice and target the socio-economic factors affecting chronic academic underperformance. At the end of his tenure as Speaker, Rubio resumed his law practice as a sole practitioner. He has also served as a visiting professor at Florida International University's Metropolitan Center, worked as Florida Chairman of GOPAC and as a political analyst for Univision during the 2008 election cycle. Senator Rubio currently serves on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation , the Committee on... More >
Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich (born Newton Leroy McPherson ; June 17, 1943) is an American politician who served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. In 1995, Time magazine selected him as the Person of the Year for his role in leading the Republican Revolution in the House, ending 40 years of the Democratic Party being in the majority. During his tenure as Speaker, he represented the public face of the Republican opposition to Bill Clinton . A college history professor, political leader, and author, Gingrich twice ran unsuccessfully for the House before winning a seat in the election of November 1978. He was re-elected 10 times, and his activism as a member of the House's Republican minority eventually enabled him to succeed Dick Cheney as House Minority Whip in 1989. As a co-author of the 1994 Contract with America , Gingrich was in the forefront of the Republican Party's dramatic success in that... More >