Speaker Newt Gingrich
Wins South Carolina Newt Gingrich won a huge victory in his race to the White House this past weekend with a win in South Carolina. Now, polls are suggesting Newt may experience similar success in Florida. Sean was joined by the former House leader to track his success in South Carolina and to look ahead toward Florida. “Going through the exit data, many voters thought you were the most electable candidate in the race,” began Sean, “What do you think has changed recently?” “As people think through what it’ll take to defeat Obama, I think this race is consolidating into the fact that people want a candidate who is serious toward conservative government,” offered Gingrich, “I think the debates have really changed things and my having, what the Wall Street Journal calls the ‘most aggressive job plan of any candidate’, is a huge advantage.” Pressing on, Sean touched on the controversial tone of the race. & ldquo;Things have gotten very heated in this campaign and I think we noticed the shit in tone this week,” remarked Hannity. “Look,” laughed Gingrich, “What you’re seeing is the sound of desperation and I fully expect them [Romney campaign] to throw the kitchen sink, the kitchen, parts of the garage and two or three cars at me.” Though the battle was hard-fought, it appears that Gingrich’s campaign has picked up some steam. He’s now running a lead in Florida and seemingly gaining ground. For the latest on the Florida primary, click here.
Senator Rand PaulDetained
Take a moment and think of the perfect mental image of a terrorist. Does it look anything like Senator Rand Paul? Unfortunately, the Kentucky legislator was detained this afternoon for refusing a full body search at a Nashville airport. TSA officials allegedly watched as Senator Paul triggered an alarm on a body scanner and then initiated further tests. “I was supposed to give the biggest speech of my career at today’s Right to Life march,” a disappointed Paul mentioned as he recounted the story,” This isn’t about me, this is about Americans who travel for business two or three times a week.” “I was detained in a small cubicle,” recounted Paul, “I used my cell phone to call my staff to let them know I wouldn’t be present at today’s speech when a TSA agent explained to me that because I used my cell phone in a secure area that I would have to go through a full body pat down.” “I want to be clear that I don’t blame the local TSA agents,” explained Paul, “I blame those in Washington who set up these rules and seem to have no one on the ground who can be flexible in the situation and say ‘Hey Senator Paul, I’ve checked your identification and you don’t need to submit to a full body scan.” For more on this story including the reaction of presidential candidate and father of Senator Paul, Ron Paul, click here.
Sean was joined by Dick Morris to break down this past weekend’s GOP primary race in South Carolina. “The other night you were tweeting that Romney won the debate,” began Sean, “You were saying the debate last week hurt Gingrich dramatically.” “Here’s my take on the race so far,” Hannity continued, “I wonder if Governor Romney has played it too safe.” “I think what Romney needs to do is go after Obama for his class warfare,” offered Hannity, “And in doing so he can attack Gingrich and his criticism of the Bain capital issue very dramatically. Tonight, Dick Morris will be offering a minute-by-minute commentary of tonight’s GOP debate in Tampa, Florida. To find out more, visit Dickmorris.com.
Dick Morris (born November 28, 1948) is an American political author and commentator who previously worked as a pollster , political campaign consultant , and general political consultant . Morris became an adviser to the Bill Clinton administration after Clinton was elected president in 1992. Morris encouraged Clinton to pursue third way policies of triangulation that merged traditional Republican and Democratic proposals, rhetoric, and issues to achieve maximum political gain and popularity. He worked as a Republican strategist before joining the Clinton administration, where he helped Clinton recover from the 1994 midterm elections by convincing the President to adopt Republican policies.  The president consulted Morris in secret beginning in 1994.  Clinton's communications director George Stephanopoulos has said that "Over the course of the first nine months of 1995, no single person had more power over the president".  Morris... 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 >
Randal Howard "Rand" Paul (born January 7, 1963) is an American ophthalmologist and politician who describes himself as a "constitutional conservative". He is the third child of Republican Congressman Ron Paul of Texas. Paul is the chairman and founder of Kentucky Taxpayers United. In August 2009, Paul officially announced his candidacy for the United States Senate seat held by retiring Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky. Paul, a lifelong Republican, won the party's primary election on May 18, 2010. He then defeated Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway in the general election on November 2, 2010.