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Must win over home

Bye Bye Obama
Sean kicked off his President’s Day show criticizing First Lady Michelle Obama’s decision to vacation in Aspen Colorado. “They couldn’t coordinate travel times so we have to pay for all of this,” began Hannity, “This seems, from a purely political view, that this is out of touch.” Sean continued, “It’s been a month since the President vetoed the Keystone Pipeline and now we have predictions that the price of gas will pass an all-time high in just two months.” To Sean’s point, it seems that First Lady Obama is not concerned with the costs of travel and, as the Aspen Daily News has reported, she is spending the holiday weekend with Jim and Paula Crown, owners of several ski resorts in the area. “I don’t begrudge the First Family a vacation,” finished Hannity, “President Bush mostly vacationed at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, I don’t remember this much luxury.” For more on this vacation story, click here.

Karl Rove
“How important is it that Mitt Romney takes Michigan,” began Hannity as he hit the ground running with former White House Chief-of-Staff.” “It’s where he was born and where his parents were active politically,” acknowledged Rove, “This state can jump up and bite you, in 2000 we felt very good with Governor Bush and yet we lost to McCain because all the union workers came in because it’s an open primary.” “This is going to be a tight race,” continued Rove, “Romney was down by fifteen points a week ago and now he’s only down by four.” For more on this poll, check out Public Policy Polling here. “Debates have had a big part to play,” continued Hannity, “This could be the last one.” “Absolutely,” agreed Rove, “This race is so close and every day will matter.” It will be very interesting to see how tomorrow turns out. The future of several candidacies may indeed hang in the balance.

Newt Gingrich: Have To Win
Sean was joined by former Speaker Newt Gingrich to discuss the future of his candidacy. “Obviously Georgia is on Super Tuesday,” began Hannity, “You’ve said the candidates need to win their home state.” “I think winning your home state means a lot,” acknowledged Gingrich, “Remember Rick Santorum lost his state by the largest margin of any incumbent in 2006 and Romney has the whole problem of being the candidate who has outspent us all 3-1 and still can’t get any momentum.” “If you could go back,” pressed Hannity, “what would you do differently?” “First, I’d go back and skip the consultants,” quickly answered Gingrich, “I’d go straight to an internet based campaign and I’d lay out my ideas even more focused than I have already done.” While it’s clear the next few weeks are important for the future of Newt’s candidacy, it’s app arent he’s far from conceding the race. To hear this interview in its entirety, click here.

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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 >

Newt Gingrich

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 >