Governor Rick Perry
Governor Rick Perry stopped by to give an update to his campaign. “I’m moving around the great state of South Carolina a lot,” began Perry, “We’ve had great crowds and a lot of excitement out there.” “There’s a narrative out there that this race is Romney/Not Romney,” offered Hannity, “If that’s the case, do you believe that you and Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are competing for the same votes which leaves the more moderate wing of the party for Romney, which makes it easier for him.” Hannity continued to press, “How important is South Carolina for you?” “This is a very important decision,” acknowledged Perry, “South Carolina will have major implications for this race going forward.” The polls vary greatly but all seem to suggest Governor Romney has a commanding lead in South Carolina? Could we see another candidate drop out after Tuesday? Stay tuned, Hannit y will have the latest election coverage available. For more on these polls, visit RealClearPolitics.com or click here.
Karl Rove on South Carolina
Karl Rove joined Sean for the latest on the 2012 GOP Primary race. “Let me ask you about the tone of this whole campaign,” asked Hannity, “There is real anger at the Romney campaign, real anger about his campaign ads against fellow republicans.” “I understand why people are upset,” offered Rove, “I understand being on the south side of a winning victory and it’s not fun.” Hannity pressed this, “A lot of what’s been said is inaccurate.” “If it’s inaccurate, then turn it back on them,” quickly responded Rove, “When a candidate with whom I’ve been working with has been hit by an attack, the most powerful thing I’ve been able to do is flip it back on them.” Rove, speaking on the race, “Governor Perry seems to have a bank account problem and I’m not sure if he’ll be able to continue after this weekend but Senator Santorum and Newt Gingrich wi ll stay in the race as well as Congressman Ron Paul.”
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is under fire and Sean gave him the chance to come on the show to defend himself. “If you take a 3.6 Billion dollar deficit and turn it into a 300 million dollar surplus, what you get,”asked Hannity of Governor Walker, “You get a bunch of special interest groups that want you fired.” “The real reason why the national unions are spending tens of millions of dollars is because I gave the employees of Wisconsin the right to chose whether they want to join a union or not,” explained Walker, “This means that the unions can’t forcibly take union dues from their paychecks.” “So how did they get petitions signed,” pressed Hannity. “In our state to get a petition signed you need not be a registered voter, only eligible to register,” explained Walker, “So getting a million signatures isn’t that hard.” Walker continued, “These people are the same people who attacked me before but I’m hopeful that the people of Wisconsin will see right now that there’s a clear choice where we can go back to the days of record job loss or we can tackle those challenges.” For more on Governor Walker’s battles, click here.
A fifth generation Texan, Governor Rick Perry is Texas' 47th governor. During his tenure, Governor Perry has maintained a strong focus on fiscal discipline, becoming only the only Texas governor since World War II to sign budgets that reduced general revenue spending. He has used his line item veto to scrub more than $3 billion in budgeted spending, while encouraging investments in the building blocks of a prosperous state: the economy, education and security. Rick Perry's political career started in 1985 as a representative for a rural West Texas district in the state House of Representatives. He was first elected to statewide office in 1990, and served as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture for two terms. Governor Perry hails from Paint Creek, a small farming community north of Abilene. His father, Ray Perry, served as a Haskell County Commissioner, school board member and a World War II tail gunner. Between 1972 and 1977, Governor Perry served in the United States Air... More >
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 >