Utah’s Mia Love found herself thrust into the spotlight today following an electrifying speech at the Republican National Convention. This morning, Glenn closed out the radio show with an interview with the mayor where they discussed the RNC, her local election, and the conservative principles that should be the foundation of the Republican party.
Read the transcript of their interview below:
GLENN: We have Mia Love. She is the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah. She is running for congress. She was born in Brooklyn, but her story is pretty amazing. Her parents came from Haiti with $10 to their name and now she is on stage. Last night she was at the Democratic National Convention
GLENN: The Republican National Convention and hit it out of the park. Now she is being taken down by the left in really horrific ways. Let’s first say hello to me a. Welcome to the program. How are you?
LOVE: How are you? This is such an honor to be speaking to you.
GLENN: Well, thank you very much. The same can be said back to you. You hit it out of the park last night.
LOVE: Well, I was just trying to tell the American people the truth and, you know, I really want them to remember that America that we know and have pride in and wanted to draw contrast to what is happening today and the leadership that we have in this country today.
GLENN: What did it what did it feel like? Because I’ve been I just asked the boys a few minutes ago if it felt to them as though there’s been a change in the Republican Party, if this felt like a different convention than I have seen in the past. To me it has. Did it feel that way to you at all, or is that something I’m just misreading?
LOVE: You know, I think it may feel that way now because we have gone so far away from the America that we know. I mean, if you think about it, we’ve got this leader who has taken class warfare to new highs and lows. They judge us on, they try and point out people’s genders, they try and point out, they divide us by income status and social level, and I think that that’s why we get so we’ve got so much diversity, we’ve got so many people getting up and they’re talking about the issues, they’re talking about preserving this, opportunities for our children, and I think that people are waking up and saying and realizing what’s at stake here.
GLENN: They have really taken you apart since last night. Do you care to go into any of this and what’s happening to you?
LOVE: Well, you know what? I’m fine with it. You know, if I wasn’t a threat, if I wasn’t speaking if I wasn’t speaking to the American people and having it have an effect, I’m sure they would probably leave me alone but, you know, I’ve got children I have to look after who are going to inherit this $16 trillion debt. So they can come after me with whatever they want to. I’m a I’m a mother, I’m a wife, I’m a concerned citizen, and they can they can bring it.
GLENN: The Wikipedia on you is, excuse me for repeating it, but calling you a house N word, a dirty worthless whore and
GLENN: It is absolutely vile what they’re saying. How do you how do you respond to the people, especially in the media, that say we’re hate mongers and yet you can say in the same week that they hope that, you know, the hurricane comes in and washes all of the conservatives out to sea and kills all the conservatives, et cetera, et cetera? How do you how do you respond to any of this?
LOVE: Well, let’s hope that the hurricane doesn’t come and wash out the people that are all of the people that are working hard tightening their belts, living within their means out to sea because I would hate to see what our country would look like then. But you know how I respond to it is I think that we say, look, you know, these are the issues that we have. This is what we’re going to need to get back on our feet. I’d rather have a leader tell me the truth. And I think that that’s what we’re going to talk about. We’re going to talk about the serious problems that we’re in. We’re going to talk about that there’s a reason why unemployment is so high. There’s a reason why, you know, people have stopped looking for work, 23 million Americans unemployed, underemployed or just gave up. You know, there’s a reason why we have this and it’s because, you know, we don’t have anybody that’s concerned about economic growth. We’re more concerned about redistribution of wealth, we’re more concerned about divisiveness and that’s the leadership we have right now. And we’re going to have to change that.
GLENN: There was a last night there were two story lines going on. One was on small business. The other was on women. Do you know Ann Romney and what did you think of her speech last night?
LOVE: I thought her speech was great. You know, what was great was to listen to her just talk to the audience about Mitt Romney as a human being. You know, not so many people looked at him as being this man who understands the economy, but she drew this picture of what he was like as a husband and what he is like as a husband, what he is like as a father, what he is like in his community and the service that he’s given. I think the most powerful word to me was the powerful line to me was Mitt will never tell you or brag about his service because he sees it as a privilege.
GLENN: You are LDS, correct?
LOVE: I am. I am.
GLENN: And Mike Huckabee is on tonight.
LOVE: Mmm hmmm.
GLENN: And that is seen as a good thing, I guess for, you know, people who say, “Well, Mike, you know, he’ll be there.” So I guess I guess there’s some people that still believe that we wouldn’t elect somebody of a different faith. Do you feel any of that is real, or is most of that media hype?
LOVE: Well, you have to figure out whether you’ve got two decisions here. Whether you’re going to be hung up on somebody’s rights to practice their First Amendment, which is their religion; or you’re going to be hung up on, you know, somebody who is going to actually fix the problems. And I think that when people are suffering in this country, they want someone who’s going to create jobs, who’s going to give them opportunity, who’s going to find solutions to the problems that we face today. Again, you know, to me his religion, my religion, it’s my personal life, our personal right to practice and I think that what we need right now is we need by the way, just remember this, also. This is all by choice. Nobody’s forcing anybody to believe in any faith. This is a choice that we all have, and that’s what’s great about this country is that we have, we have the ability to choose to work. We have the ability to choose our education for children and to choose the life that we have and to choose our religion and that’s what’s great about this. So, you know, I think that most people are going to be more concerned about what’s happening in their lives and the fact that they cannot they don’t have the opportunity to put food on the table or they don’t have the opportunity to give their children an education.
GLENN: Well, you know,I find it interesting that people like Brian Williams are so worried about what’s happening in the Mormon faith but I can guarantee you one thing that has never happened in a temple is anybody of any, any clout or power or I believe anyone at any time ever say “GD, America” like was happening in the church that Barack Obama was going to that Brian Williams never seemed to have a problem with.
STU: Also, Glenn, I was on the looking at this Wikipedia page story about all the horrible things they’ve said about Mia Love and I just, I don’t know how this happened but I happened to click on a couple of links and got over to this page that seems to be Love4Utah here, right here, dot com and there happens to be strangely this thing called a money bomb going on which Mia Love is only $10,000 away from this goal and it’s just so weird. I wonder if people are also going to go to that same page and see what happens.
PAT: What page would you want to go if you wanted to?
STU: Probably go to love, the number 4 Utah and there’s a big thing for a money bomb there. I’m not saying, of course, but I’m just interested because now it’s just less than $10,000 from the goal. So that’s interesting.
PAT: That’s great.
LOVE: Well, we need we certainly need as much help as possible. After last night we’ve got a lot of liberals coming into Utah trying to do whatever they can to buy this race, and we are not going to let that happen.
GLENN: How are you doing
LOVE: I am calling on all Americans to send a message in saying we are not going to allow the left to buy these races. We are going to take back our country. We’re going to unite the country.
GLENN: How are you doing in the polls against Matheson and what is the difference between the two of you?
LOVE: Well, he the DCCC released a poll having him about 18% ahead of us. We have our own internal polls that say completely different. Our governor just had a poll done and it’s a dead heat according to the governor’s poll. So, you know, we’re doing well. We’re going to win this race. We’re building momentum and, you know
GLENN: What’s the difference between what’s the difference between you two?
LOVE: Between? Well, Matheson well, let’s think about this. It’s very easy. He voted for stimulus. Utah was completely against the $700 billion stimulus. He voted for card check. He voted for Cash For Clunkers. He voted for ObamaCare. He’s actually stated publicly that he’s going to vote for Obama again this November. In a state that Obama only has a 26% approval rating. He doesn’t
GLENN: How do you wait, wait. How is this how is this possible he’s doing as well as he is?
LOVE: Well, because he hasn’t had first of all, we haven’t had a candidate that’s had enough money to put out his vote and put out the information out there. He’s you know, if you think about ObamaCare, for instance, he voted for ObamaCare, against ObamaCare, for ObamaCare before it went to the Supreme Court and then voted against it. He waits to see if his party needs him and then he decides which way he’s going to vote. If they need him, he definitely goes with Nancy Pelosi. If they don’t, then he says I’m going to vote Republican and he can go back home and say, hey, by the way, I’m an independent thinker, I’m a bipartisan thinker. But he, in fact, has voted with the president 75% of the time.
GLENN: How are you
LOVE: We want to make sure we put it out.
GLENN: How are you with the 9/12 project, the Tea Party and Freedom Works?
LOVE: You know what? They have been great. I certainly don’t put myself under a one category, but we have Tea Party support. We have support from all, all walks of life and we’ve gotten a lot
GLENN: Well, it’s not like they’re alien life forms. I mean, Mia, it’s not like they’re aliens. We have dogs and cats that are for us, too.
LOVE: Yes. No, we’ve just we have a lot of support from many people. We’ve got people that are just tired, whether you’re Tea Party or not, that says, “Hey, I’m concerned about the future of my children and my grandchildren and I prefer to have someone who’s going to be honest about it and find solutions to problems than to have somebody to just take this, lie about things and decide that they’re not going to be concerned about the issues we have.”
STU: Mia, one area of concern I would say is I’m at Love4Utah.com right now and the issue here is that you’re so close to this goal, and a lot of people are asking if you hit this goal, is it still okay to donate?
LOVE: Absolutely. We need to donate
GLENN: What a good question.
LOVE: We’ve got a million dollar gap we’re going to have to close and we need everyone’s hope. We’ve been toe to toe with raising money with my opponent, but he came in with a million dollars and we’re going to have to close that gap.
STU: This is my attempt to this is how they ask Democrats questions from the media. So I thought I would do the reverse.
GLENN: This is MSNBC all of a sudden except in reverse. All right, Mia Love, Mia Love4Utah.com.
GLENN: Thank you very much and we’ll talk again. God bless.