Doc & Skip: On the Ground Reporting From Iowa

Doc & Skip phoned in from Iowa Monday morning to share their experiences on the ground in Iowa. The duo attended both Republican and Democrat caucuses, offering interesting comparisons and discussing quite a range of topics, including the real story in Iowa, Mike Huckabee's plan B and tidbits about several other "lower tier" candidates (hint: Jeb Bush got booed).

Interestingly, the two asked Bernie Sanders supporters to define socialism and communism. When they asked Doc the difference between the two, he had a stellar answer: "About a year and a half."

Listen to the full segment below:

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:

GLENN: They'll give -- because I'm totally sincere about that. No, I really mean that. Totally sincere.

All right, let's go to Doc and Skip.

DOC: Glenn, you mentioned Mike Huckabee. What he said about him. About an hour before the Iowa caucus, because we're here in Des Moines, actually HEP Altune, outside of Des Moines, but about an hour before, he was on a local radio station being interviewed, Donald Trump, and, again, he sings the praises of Mike Huckabee. He comes out, "Mike Huckabee, great guy. He came out to the event I had. Great guy."

SKIP: Rick Santorum too. Like you said, all you have to do is kiss the ring.

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: Well, I think he's trying to get Mike Huckabee's -- and Mike is going to endorse Donald Trump.

JEFFY: Well, those two ended up speaking at his opposing rally to the debate, so --

DOC: Here's what we heard from a friend of a friend who knows somebody who saw Ferris HEP pass out at 31 Flavors last night, that Mike Huckabee is now -- and this is not going to be a surprise, but officially has been for the last couple of weeks, jockeying for that VP week from somebody. And then you know Trump is a deal-maker. I don't know if Trump is willing to do it, but that's what Mike is thinking. Mike is looking for a -- he's playing the base on -- Fox is up, you know. Where is he going to go?

GLENN: So are you thinking that somebody is going to want that whopping 2 percent or 4 percent?

DOC: No.

STU: He's a deal-maker, but he's not stupid. He won't sell the VP slot for 4 percent.

GLENN: No, that's ridiculous.

DOC: Maybe he's ambassador to Uruguay or something like that.

STU: Yeah. Have you guys been able to track down and meet any one of Gilcrestmorelandson's 12 votes?

DOC: No, they're very scattered throughout the state, the way we understand. We put out an all HEP points bulletin for them, but we haven't got any one of the 12.

SKIP: Sorry. Go ahead, Glenn.

GLENN: No, please, you.

SKIP: I was going to say, yeah, at this point, we can chalk it up to a statistical anomaly that he even got any points at this points.

STU: He really did -- I'm not joking. He legitimately got 12 votes statewide. Twelve.

PAT: Literally 12?

STU: Literally 12.

GLENN: Come on. That's more than I thought.

PAT: No way. He got 12 votes?

(laughter)

DOC: Do you realize "other" got 116?

(laughter)

PAT: "Other" beat Jim Gilmore?

GLENN: Pat, put two fingers up. Right there, he got that many people in Iowa. That many.

PAT: That many. That's crazy.

SKIP: Essentially, Glenn, you got more votes than he did.

GLENN: That's crazy. That's crazy.

PAT: That's the real story of the night then. Jim Gilmore -- you got to try to only get 12 votes. That's hard to do.

STU: That's very hard.

PAT: Seriously.

GLENN: So Doc and Skip, you're in Iowa. You did one of the campaign rally things last night.

DOC: No, we went to one of the caucuses. Precinct 76. And we actually got to sit in and witness both the Democrats caucusing and the Republicans caucusing. And it's really a fascinating procedure.

The Democrats just get up, and they all start speechifying. Everybody in the room starts yelling to try to convince people to come over to their side and support their candidate.

The Republicans, a little more refined. They sit down. One person stands up. Just anybody there that is representing or wants to speak on behalf of the person they're supporting stand up and speak for three minutes. And then they do a written vote, and that's the end of it.

They go down the list and they're like, "Okay. Anybody for Ted Cruz?" By the way, it was like four to one in our precinct, the group sitting there for Ted Cruz. Guy stands up and speaks. Trump. Everybody goes down the list.

Then they go, okay. There was one person in there for Mike Huckabee. Chris Christie? No. Carly Fiorina? No. Jeb Bush? And the place busts out in laughter. I'm not kidding.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh. Did you get that on tape?

DOC: They laughed.

GLENN: Wow.

DOC: They were like, "Okay. Let us just move on."

GLENN: How many people did Jeb get?

PAT: Well, he only had 3 percent, right? Did he have 3 percent of the vote? Last time I saw he was at 2 or 3 percent. Really bad.

GLENN: This is the real story. The real story on both sides: The establishment, Washington, the Democrats and the Republicans are over. It's just over.

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: You put Hillary Clinton in, there's going to be nothing left of the Democratic Party. You put an establishment guy into the office, there will be nothing left of the Republican Party. Nothing.

DOC: We sat down and talked to a bunch of Democrats. They didn't know who we are. We said, hey, why are you supporting Bernie? Why are you supporting Hillary? They said a lot of things where you could tell they were buying into the talking points. You know, well, we need this. We need that. One old lady said, "Well, it's time for a woman, so a woman can finally make the same as a man." And I was like, "Okay. That's been disproven. Got it."

But then several of us told us about how poor they were. And it wasn't about just getting free stuff. These people were really poor. One lady told us how she lost her daughter last year because she didn't have health care. She couldn't afford it.

And another lady has a brain tumor and says, "I can't afford the medicine. It was $700 a month."

And another old lady said she can't afford her medicine. These people are saying, "I'm here because I don't know what else to do."

And it occurred to me, this is lost on the Republicans. If you don't want to this to be a competition anymore, then you've got to actually put forth a plan to fix the economy. And they're not doing it. I mean, they're in it for the same talking points. You know, we're conservative. And values. And the party of personal freedoms or whatever. But where are the big ideas? Where are the people leading that are saying, we are going to pass a balanced budget amendment? We're going to do true tax reform. We're going to shut down the Department of Education. And put learning online. Where are those ideas?

PAT: Well, Ted Cruz.

GLENN: That's what I've been hearing him say on the campaign trail the whole time. The problem is that nobody covers him.

PAT: Yeah. And they don't talk about his tax plan.

GLENN: No. 10 percent tax plan.

PAT: 10 percent tax plan.

GLENN: And when you want to talk about creating jobs, the thing with creating jobs is his idea of, I'm going to get rid of the EPA. I'm going to get rid of the bureaucracy to be able to create the jobs. I mean, that's the secret here, is Donald Trump says, "I'll make America great because I'm going to manage Washington better."

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: Donald Trump is saying -- I mean, Ted Cruz is saying, "There's no managing Washington better. Get Washington out of the way."

PAT: Right. Right.

GLENN: And that's what will create the jobs. But nobody is talked like that anymore.

DOC: No. But they have to explain it to these people. They have to sit down and say, "Guys, this is the way forward. We have to do it this way."

GLENN: But, you know what, play the cut where CNN asked the socialists, the people who are voting for a socialist, what is the definition of a socialist?

VOICE: Can you define socialism?

VOICE: Socialism?

PAT: No.

VOICE: Can you define socialism?

VOICE: Can I define socialism?

VOICE: Probably not. If I'm being totally honest.

VOICE: Socialism. Oh, boy, I don't think I can.

VOICE: Like Social Security. Roads. Medicaid, depending on the form that it takes. Anything that sort of comes together (?) and is publically funded through our government would be socialism. I might be wrong. So if you make me look like a fool on the news, I'll forgive you for it.

VOICE: Hillary Clinton, no, you can't. (?) you couldn't dream. It's nothing wrong with dreaming. You want to teach our kids to dream. Because you cannot dream. You can't dream. And it's possible for a political revolution.

PAT: Keep at mind, that's at a Bernie Sanders rally. That's at the big Bernie Sanders get together, and none of them know what the hell --

DOC: You guys think they can't dream?

GLENN: And that's not Fox News doing that, that's CNN doing that. They don't have any idea what socialism is. (?)

SKIP: The headlines are going to go viral with that headline. Media Matters is already writing up that post.

GLENN: It's amazing. It's amazing.

STU: We find that out on More-On Trivia.

PAT: No one knows what it is?

STU: It's like a social network when you socialize. (?)

DOC: Debbie Wasserman Schultz doesn't know what it is.

STU: To Chris Matthews' credit, nobody wants to answer. (?)

SKIP: Nobody has been able to answer that.

GLENN: Here's the answer, it is the step between capitalism and communism. That's what the answer is.

DOC: When they say what's the difference? I say, about a year and a half. It's a step in the process. On the way there.

PAT: That's good.

GLENN: Let me show you now Ben Sasse. Ben Sasse was asked to define conservatism. What does it mean to be a conservative? He answered it less than 90 seconds. We'll go to that in just a second.

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According to the analysis, more than half of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. occurred in just 44 (approximately 10 percent of) congressional districts, and 41 of those 44 hardest-hit districts are represented by Democrats, while only three are represented by Republicans.

"A new Pew Research Center analysis of data on official reports of COVID-19 deaths, collected by the John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, finds that, as of last week, nearly a quarter of all the deaths in the United States attributed to the coronavirus have been in just 12 congressional districts – all located in New York City and represented by Democrats in Congress. Of the more than 92,000 Americans who had died of COVID-19 as of May 20 (the date that the data in this analysis was collected), nearly 75,000 were in Democratic congressional districts," Pew reported.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) once predicted the coronavirus death rate would be between 4 and 5 percent, but they've just come out with a new report and those predictions have been adjusted significantly.

According to the CDC's latest data, the fatality rate among Americans showing COVID-19 symptoms is 0.4 percent. And an estimated 35 percent who are infected by the virus will never have any symptoms. Therefore, the CDC is now estimating COVID-19 kills less than 0.3 percent of people infected.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere recalled when the mainstream media went into overdrive, hammering President Donald Trump for predicting the final COVID-19 death rate would be "under one percent."

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Michigan barber Karl Manke isn't a troublemaker. He's a law-abiding citizen who did everything possible to financially survive during the COVID-19 lockdown. pandemic. Eventually, he had no other option: he had to reopen his business in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders.

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Shortly after reopening, Manke was ticketed for violating Whitmer's stay-at-home order and charged with a misdemeanor. When he still refused to close his doors, the governor's office went a step further and suspended his barber license.

"It's kind of a vindictive thing," said Manke. "I've become a worm in her brain ... and she is going full force, illegally, when legislatures told her that she was out of place and this was not her assignment, she decided to take it anyway."

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"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

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Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

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Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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