PALM BEACH, Fla. – Radio giant Rush Limbaugh says he’s “jazzed” about Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan to be his running mate, and he expects an instant economic recovery if the Republican ticket wins in November.
“I guarantee you, if Ryan and Romney win this election, you’re gonna see the stock market go through the roof,” Limbaugh said this afternoon. “You’re gonna see small businesses start to hire. It’s gonna happen so fast, you’re not gonna believe it, the moment it’s known that Obama’s out of office.”
Limbaugh, the top-rated voice of the political right in America, says a true conservative is finally on the presidential ticket.
“I like the fact that there’s somebody who’s gonna be on the news every day that can talk like I do,” he said.
“And I don’t mean to make this about me. That’s not the point. We’ve got somebody who can articulate what we believe. It’s in his heart. He doesn’t need crib notes, he doesn’t need briefings, he doesn’t need a consultant to tell him what to think or answer a question. He’s lived it. It’s his soul. That’s why I’m jazzed.”
“We now have somebody on the ticket who’s us,” he continued. “Somebody’s on the ticket who can explain all of this, believes all of this in his heart and in his soul. His name is Paul Ryan and he can do it with optimism and a smile on his face and no bitterness and so forth. I like it because we’re tackling this head on. You know if [Romney would] have chosen say [U.S. Sen. Marco] Rubio, the accusation would have been that he was pandering to a group. If he had chosen Condi [Rice], same accusation: pandering to a group. This pick told me that Romney is not just serious about winning, but governing.”
Limbaugh said the presence of Ryan on a stage with Romney has elevated and energized Romney.
“Romney’s a new guy. Romney is a different guy,” he explained.
“I watched ’60 Minutes’ last night, Ryan chomping at the bit to answer every question. Ryan wanted in ’cause he’s got the answer. He had the answer for everything Bob Schieffer threw. He’s got the answer for every objection the Obama team is going to make. All the lies, all the distortions, all the smears, Ryan has the answers. Ryan knows how to react to those things, because he is an ideological conservative. He is from the camp of Ronaldus Magnus (Ronald Reagan).”
President Obama is welcoming Ryan to the race, saying, “Congressman Ryan is a decent man. He is a family man. He is an articulate spokesman for Governor Romney’s vision. But it’s a vision that I fundamentally disagree with. They have tried this before. They have tried to sell us this trickle-down fairy dust before. And guess what. It did not work.”
“It did work!” Limbaugh exclaimed in response. “It works every time it’s tried! What isn’t working, sir, is you. And your ideas are not fairy dust. Your ideas are garbage!”
“This election, we’ve said it before and others have said it, but this is ball game,” Limbaugh concluded.
“If Barack Obama gets four more years, I really don’t think that the American people have any idea what’s in store for them. I don’t think, particularly a lot of Obama supporters, I don’t think they have any idea what’s in store. I don’t think they have any idea what’s in store for this country if Obama gets another four years. In fact, I think there are probably a lot of Republican voters who don’t really understand.”