Sean was joined by former Speaker Newt Gingrich to get an update on his campaign. “Do you know what a break in format this is, do you know how committed we are to the best election coverage out there,” teased Hannity, “We always start with an opening monologue but this is the only time we could get you.” Hannity continued his joking by bringing up controversial statements made today by Senator Barbara Boxer. “Not only do Republicans want old people to fend for themselves but now, according to Barbara Boxer, she’s claiming that there’s a Republican plot to kill 8,000 Americans by rolling back environmental regulations,” laughed Hannity as he recounted Boxer’s opposition to the proposed gas pipeline across the US, “She actually gave a real number, 8,100.” “The hard left is crazed over this pipeline,” offered Gingrich, “The most they can do is guarantee that the Canadians will build the pipeline due west to Vancouver and ship due west to China,” countered Gingrich, “They can kill 20,000 American jobs in this economy which shows how ideologically bound they are.” On the campaign, Hannity pressed Gingrich for an update on his battles with Governor Mitt Romney. “Things have gotten pretty heated between you and Governor Romney,” began Hannity, “Yesterday a reporter asked you about Mitt Romney calling on you to return money you got from Freddy Mack, can you expand on those comments?” “I’m not going to get drawn into this kind of stuff,” answered Gingrich, “For a day or two his consultants successfully baited me into going in the wrong direction but I’m going to go back to focusing on one opponent, Barack Obama.” To hear the entire exchange including the questions asked of Mr. Gingrich, click here.
Governor Mitt Romney
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney stopped by the show to give his thoughts on the future of his campaign and his battles with Speaker Gingrich. “Things seem to be getting a little personal,” noted Hannity, “Do you think there’s any reason for concern that the words of the opponents will come back to hurt the nominee.” “I feel like the Speaker was misguided in saying that we destroyed jobs – in fact he’s congratulated me in the past for the jobs we’ve created” offered Romney, “Look, Staples alone employs 90,000 people so attacking free enterprise hurts him more than it hurts me.” “Is this going to be a preview of tomorrow’s debate,” laughed Hannity, “If so, this is going to be the most watched debate.” To hear more from Governor Romney including this exchange, click here. To stay up to date on the Gingrich vs. Romney battle, be sure to visit Hannity.com or click here.
Jeffrey Lord: Ron Paul Should Be Under More Scrutiny
Author Jeffrey Lord, former Reagan White House Political Director, joined Sean to discuss Ron Paul and his missteps in the race to the White House. “Ron Paul apparently had a newsletter in the late 80s and early 90s and there are some really disturbing things,” offered Hannity, “Have you read any of the things written in them?” Hannity continued, “He claims that he had no idea that there were racist things written in them and I know the Paul people are going to get mad but all the other candidates have, frankly, had an anal exam as it relates to everything they’ve ever done and said and I’ve watched from a distance and I’m surprised the media hasn’t picked up on this.” “You’re right,” offered Lord, “I think Paul could do very well in Iowa and Iowa has a history of supporting candidates who have isolationist views but he does deserve some scrutiny.” Ron Paul spent some time a few years ago defending his newsletters on CNN. You can see this video by click here.
Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) is an American businessman and former Republican Governor of Massachusetts . Romney was CEO of Bain & Company , a management consulting firm, and co-founder of Bain Capital , a private equity investment firm. Romney successfully organized and steered the 2002 Winter Olympics as President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee.  Romney served one term as Governor from 2003 to 2007,  and was a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2008 United States presidential election . He is widely seen as a frontrunner for the Republican nomination for President in the 2012 Presidential Election .
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 >