With candidates starting to announce their intention to run for President in 2012, Glenn and company have been vocal about who they think should not be running for the nation’s highest office. “Progressives are on both sides of the aisle,” Glenn said, and talked about who should not be running and as well as who he thinks will get the nod from the GOP.
First, Glenn returned to Donald Trump. Glenn, Pat, and Stu have gone on record with their belief that Trump is not a true conservative, and they touched on some of the things he said in the past to support this belief.
“First of all, he called Iraq the worst catastrophe in American history. He said George W. Bush is evil,” Pat said.
Stu then referenced an article on Slate which took some quotes from the last time Trump was considering a run for President. “Here are some of his quotes: We must have universal healthcare. I'm a conservative on most issues but a liberal on this one. We need as a nation to reexamine the single payer plan, as many individual states are doing,” Stu said. “By imposing a one time 14.25% net worth tax on the richest, we could put America on sound financial footing.”
You can see more of Stu’s analysis of Trumps comments in the clip below from yesterday’s 4th Hour.
“Anybody who's lining up with Donald Trump, good luck. Good luck. You haven't done your homework,” Glenn said.
Despite his criticisms with Trump’s political stances, Glenn did acknowledge his respect for Trump as a businessman. “I will tell you he is a spectacular developer. Spectacular. What he does in New York City no one else can do.”
“He is a credible, credible developer who I have respect for. And he is a great promoter, which I have respect for,” Glenn said. “Politically he is on the wrong side.”
Glenn also doesn’t agree politically with Mike Huckabee.
“if you are somebody who understands progressives are on both sides of the aisle, I think Mike Huckabee is John McCain,” Glenn said. He pointed out the Huckabee expressed support for Michelle Obama’s nutritional programs.
“We talked about this during the 2008,” Stu said. “He raised taxes in his state, he's kind of overreaching with sort of the nanny sort of health style.”
Glenn also said that he felt Mike Huckabee would be the most likely to get the traditional GOP support. “Quite honestly he's the only one I think that is the perfect progressive candidate for the Republican Party. He's the guy. He will play along with the party politics. He will get along to get along.”
While he may disagree with Huckabee on politics, he does not judge the man’s heart and feels like he has a lot of positives, just not as a political leader. “I think that Huckabee is truly deeply religious and I think he truly is a Christian man,” Glenn said.
“There's a lot of positives with Huckabee. A lot of people like him because, A, he's a fantastic communicator and, B, he's one of the only guys really out there, you know, who focuses more on the social issues and that's something that not every candidate does. So I mean, I think a lot of people like him for that reason. But I don't like some of his bigger government tendencies.”
The radio crew said that Huckabee’s record is not one that supports a libertarian or small government agenda. “He's bashed libertarians several times outwardly,” Stu pointed out.
Glenn concluded that Tea Partiers should learn from Scott Brown that there are progressives on both sides of the aisle. “This is why we are attacked on this program. Because we'll take them both,” he said.