The Candidates on the Founders, Presidents and Amendments

It’s President’s Day 2016. And this election year, we’re bringing you a special edition of The Glenn Beck Program. Iowa and New Hampshire have now voiced their opinions in the primaries, but most of the country has yet to vote. Over the past several months, we have extended an offer to all of the presidential candidates to sit down and talk one-on-one in a long-form setting. Many of the candidates took us up on that offer; some did not.

We weren’t looking for gotcha questions, and we didn’t want sound bite answers. Anyone can do an interview where the politicians can give a polished and rehearsed answer. But we wanted to go in depth with the people who want to lead our country through, which will be no doubt, a very intense period in our nation’s history.

For those who participated, we discussed important issues, ranging from what to do about ISIS to Common Core to favorite Founding Fathers. It’s insightful and important even from those candidates out of the presidential race who could potentially be a vice presidential candidate.

Rand Paul:

    • Most Underrated President: Calvin Coolidge

    • You know, it's difficult because as a kid, I was always a huge Jefferson fan. I think Jefferson was probably the greatest of our Founding Fathers. I've come to like Madison a lot, you know, with the Bill of Rights and making sure how the Constitution was written. But I also think ultimately --- and I don't like. I'm not part of this glib, sort of New Age thing that, oh, we got to condemn them all for being slave owners. But it does make them imperfect. And I'm aware of that there were people --- you know, I loved William Lloyd HEP Garrison, an abolitionist, who even at the time when everybody thought slavery was okay stood up. The Adams --- you know, many conservatives, Libertarians, oh, they love Jefferson and don't like John Adams. I actually kind of appreciate the Adams for standing up against slavery in a time when it was accepted by everybody.

Ted Cruz:

    • Favorite Founder: James Madison, father of the Constitution

    • Favorite Amendment: I love the Tenth Amendment. I love the Second Amendment. But my favorite amendment is the first. Both free speech and religious liberty are foundational to every other liberty we have.

Ben Carson:

    • Favorite Founder: My favorite founder is going to be --- boy, that's a tough one --- between Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin. They were all just terrific people.

    • Most Underrated Founder: Probably in terms of his intellect and ability, James Madison

    • Favorite Amendment: Probably the First Amendment

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

GLENN: One of the things we had fun with is talking to the candidates about their favorite founders and who they considered the most underunderrated president. Besides with another. Rand Paul. Most underrated president?

RAND: Coolidge.

GLENN: Good for you. That's the answer I've been looking for. Nobody has given that one.

In the Oval Office, there's a place where you're supposed to hang a picture of a president. It's right by the door in the Oval Office. Who is that picture going to be?

RAND: Does it have to be a president?

GLENN: It has to be a president. The tradition is --

RAND: If you're president, I'm thinking you can do whatever you want.

GLENN: Yeah, you can do whatever you want it's your room.

But generally you're trying to model -- you say, this is the guy I most identify with.

RAND: You know, it's difficult because as a kid, I was always a huge Jefferson fan. I think Jefferson was probably the greatest of our Founding Fathers. I've come to like Madison a lot, you know, with the Bill of Rights and making sure how the Constitution was written. But I also think ultimately -- and I don't like. I'm not part of this glib, sort of New Age thing that, oh, we got to condemn them all for being slave owners. But it does make them imperfect. And I'm aware of that there were people -- you know, I loved William Lloyd HEP Garrison, an abolitionist, who even at the time when everybody thought slavery was okay stood up. The Adams -- you know, many conservatives, Libertarians, oh, they love Jefferson and don't like John Adams. I actually kind of appreciate the Adams for standing up against slavery in a time when it was accepted by everybody.

GLENN: Sure.

RAND: I'll have to get back to you on that.

GLENN: You seem to jump to somebody that wasn't a president. Who was it?

RAND: Oh, you know, I was thinking thinking more of an economist. Either von Mises or Hayek as an economist.

GLENN: Wow.

RAND: I also am a fan of Friedman, as well. You know, the people who really talked about how important choice was for an individual, for prosperity, but also just for freedom itself.

GLENN: We also spoke to Ted Cruz who described his favorite founder and a possible change of face on US currency. Here's Ted.

TED: My answer is actually James Mazda. This is not as president, but for his role as father of the Constitution.

GLENN: You know, there's one space in the Oval Office. Right by the door. You have to hang a picture -- well, you don't have to. But tradition is you hang a picture of the president you're modeling yourself after. Who is that picture going to be?

TED: I haven't decided. But I will note in my office now, there's one picture that's 20 feet long, and that's a picture of Reagan in front of the Brandenburg Gate. So I would have to -- I would suspect the answer would be the same in the Oval Office, although it wouldn't be 20 feet long.

GLENN: Your favorite amendment.

TED: I love the Tenth Amendment. I love the Second Amendment. But my favorite amendment is the first. Both free speech and religious liberty are foundational to every other liberty we have.

GLENN: Favorite founder.

TED: Madison.

GLENN: Most underrated founder.

TED: Look. For underrated -- you know, Hamilton, there's this big move to throw him off the 10-dollar bill, which I think is terrible.

GLENN: I hate -- I hate Hamilton. He was their generation's progressive.

TED: He was a big government guy, but he played a critical part in strengthening the federal government. Coming from the Articles of Confederation, we needed a little bit more big government compared to an ineffective government.

GLENN: Yeah, he was --

TED: I'm glad Madison won the arguments. But I think Hamilton's role should not be erased.

GLENN: Sticking with the topic of immigration, Ben Carson weighed in during a rapid fire question and answer session.

The most underrated president in the United States, historically.

BEN: Historically?

GLENN: Historically.

BEN: That's -- that's a tough one. Probably -- probably John Adams.

GLENN: Worst president?

BEN: I think that's probably a toss up.

GLENN: You can give me more than one. This president not included.

BEN: I don't want to do it.

GLENN: Okay.

BEN: Only because I know there will be headlines the next day.

GLENN: Your favorite amendment?

BEN: Hmm. Probably the First Amendment.

GLENN: Your favorite founder?

BEN: My favorite founder is going to be -- boy, that's a tough one -- between Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin. They were all just terrific people.

GLENN: Most underrated founder?

BEN: Underrated, probably in terms of his intellect and ability, Madison.

Featured Image: Republican presidential candidates (R-L) Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Carson, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) participate in the Fox News - Google GOP Debate January 28, 2016 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Residents of Iowa will vote for the Republican nominee at the caucuses on February 1. Donald Trump, who is leading most polls in the state, decided not to participate in the debate. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

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