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Karl Rove
Sean was joined by “The Architect” Karl Rove to go over the latest on the 2012 races for POTUS. “What do you make of these polls that have Newt at 50%, 41%,” began Hannity, “What do you make of that?” “He’s jumped ahead, there’s no doubt about it,” offered Rove, “This generally happens as someone else is declining and some of this is the decline of Herman Cain.” “Last week I interviewed Mitt Romney for an hour and he wants this job,” noted Sean, “How are we to interpret that he hasn’t been able to close the deal yet remains solidly in the 20% range.” “He shouldn’t worry about it,” offered Rove, “Barack Obama was stuck in the mid-20s in a three-way race this time back then.” If you’d like to revisit Governor Romney’s interview with Sean, click here.

Governor Rick Santorum
Governor Rick Santorum stopped by the show to give an update on his campaign. “I was interviewing Newt Gingrich last night and he was paying you one compliment after another,” questioned Hannity, “I know he’s supposed to be an opponent but he couldn’t say enough positive about you.” “I’ve known Newt a long time and there’s no better mind out there,” shared Santorum, “I respect Newt a lot and I think this is a hard decision for people and I encourage people to go back and look at my record.” To see Sean’s interview with former Speaker Newt Gingrich, click here.

Senator Mitch McConnell
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell joined Sean to lend his thoughts on the future of the economy. In debating the proposed cuts in spending, Sean was persistent in pushing the leader to acknowledge fundamental issues in Washington. “Isn’t the problem fundamentally base line budgeting where we project increases in spending,” pressed Sean, “It’s the Washington method of cutting.” “You’re right,” agreed Senator McConnell, “I used to say that spending anything less than what we wanted to spend is a cut.” McConnell added though, “If we didn’t have a Republican House and a filibuster-proof Senate we wouldn’t have cut a dime in spending, not a dime.” While it’s scary to think it, the track record certainly would suggest that Washington wouldn’t have cut any spending at all without some pressure from groups like the Tea Party and other conservatives.

Show Guests

Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell, the longest-serving U.S. Senator in Kentucky’s history, is the Senate Republican Leader in the 111th Congress. Elected to that position unanimously by his colleagues on November 18, 2008, he is the 15th Senate Republican Leader and only the second Kentuckian to lead his party in the Senate. The first, Alben Barkley, led the Democrats from 1937 to 1949. Leader McConnell previously served, again by the unanimous vote of his colleagues, as the Republican Leader in the 110th Congress and the Majority Whip in the 108th and 109th Congresses. McConnell also served in leadership as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 1998 and 2000 election cycles. McConnell currently serves as a senior member of the Appropriations, Agriculture and Rules Committees.

Karl Rove

Karl Christian Rove (born December 25, 1950) was Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to former President George W. Bush until his resignation on August 31, 2007. He has headed the Office of Political Affairs, the Office of Public Liaison , and the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives . Since leaving the White House , Rove has worked as a political analyst and contributor for Fox News , Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal . For most of his career prior to his employment at the White House, Rove was a political consultant almost exclusively for Republican candidates. Rove's campaign clients have included Bush (2000 and 2004 presidential elections, 1994 and 1998 Texas gubernatorial elections), Senator John Ashcroft (1994 U.S. Senate election), Bill Clements (1986 Texas gubernatorial election), Senator John Cornyn (2002 U.S. Senate election), Governor Rick Perry (1990 Texas Agriculture Commission election), and Phil Gramm (1982... More >

Rick Santorum

Richard John "Rick" Santorum (born May 10, 1958) is a former United States Senator from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Santorum is a member of the Republican Party and was the chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. Santorum is considered both a social and fiscal conservative. He is particularly known for his stances on the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Social Security, intelligent design, homosexuality, and the Terri Schiavo case. In March 2007, Santorum joined the law firm Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC. He was to primarily practice law in the firm’s Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. offices, where he was to provide business and strategic counseling services to the firm's clients. In addition to his work with the firm, Santorum also serves as a Senior Fellow with the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and was a contributor to Fox News Channel. Santorum is a prospective presidential candidate in 2012. He formed a presidential... More >