As Americans rush to buy emergency supplies in the war on terror, radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has a unique suggestion for Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle – have him duct taped.

“The best way to protect ourselves would be to duct tape Daschle’s mouth,” Limbaugh said on yesterday’s broadcast.

The suggestion comes in the wake of a statement by the South Dakota Democrat regarding the Bush administration’s handling of domestic security.

Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D.

“As I look at the threats presented to this country,” said Daschle, “the threat posed by bin Laden and al-Qaida, the threat posed by North Korea, our lack of real coordination with regard to homeland defense, and this new admonition that people ought to go out and buy duct tape as a response falls far short I think of anyone’s expectations. It ought to be … reconsidered. We have to do better than duct tape as our response to homeland defense.”

Limbaugh addressed the comment during his opening monologue:

“You know these are the guys that voted against homeland security. These are the guys that held it up for a whole year, right? And they’re talking about how it’s in a state of disorganization and a state of disarray.

Rush Limbaugh

“The very fact of the matter is that we do need duct tape. We need duct tape and I’ll tell you where we need it. We need it on Tom Daschle’s mouth. That’s what we all need to do.

“You people out there buying duct tape, what you ought to do is whatever you’re not using to tape up your windows or whatever, send the rest of it to Daschle. Send your duct tape to Daschle … and say ‘Look, the way you use this is you cut off about a four-inch strip, attach it to one side of your mouth, stretch it across your mouth and attach the other end to the other end of the mouth, and therefore you have been protected. So is the country.'”

In December, Limbaugh accused Daschle of giving aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States by attacking President Bush and criticizing U.S. efforts in the war on terror.

Daschle had previously attacked talk radio, saying “Rush Limbaugh and all of the Rush Limbaugh wannabes have a very shrill edge.” He charged that threats on Democratic officials and their families “go up dramatically when Rush Limbaugh attacks” them.

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