Glenn talks with Mitt Romney about the Iowa caucus

GLENN: Now, somebody won another, another state over the weekend with just as many delegates as New Hampshire and yet nobody paid attention to it.  It was Wyoming, won by Mitt Romney who's with us now.  Hi, Mitt.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:  Hello, Glenn. 

GLENN:  How are you doing, sir? 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:  I'm doing wonderful, thank you. 

 GLENN:  You are not going to launch one of those horrible attack ads on me, are you? 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:  I'm sure you're quaking in your boots. 

GLENN:  You know what, would you please say the next time you have an opportunity in an attack ad with John frickin' McCain when he looks at you and talks about attacks ads, would you just say, oh, you mean the attack ads that are now allowed because of McCain/Feingold? 

 GOVERNOR ROMNEY:  Yeah, that's probably a good idea.  By the way, you should see the ad he launched against me.  It doesn't describe our records.  It describes as personal attacks and, of course, he led with mailers of that nature as well.  And then you go back to the election in 2000.  He was the one that had an ad that said that George Bush twisted the truth like Bill Clinton.  So he's got quite a record to talk from. 

GLENN:  You know, I like your answer on the attack ads that you've been giving lately because it's so true.  It's not an attack ad if you are talking about the facts, but the attack ads quite honestly against you, a lot of them have been whisper campaigns. 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:  Yeah, yeah. 

GLENN:  And that's not an attack ad.  To say all I have to -- here's my --

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:  Are you there? 

GLENN:  Are you there?  Can you hear me?  Hello?  Mitt, are you there?  Did we lose him?

The attack ad -- get him back on the phone, will you?  The attack ad that you have to do on John McCain is McCain/Feingold, McCain/Kennedy, McCain/Lieberman.  There it is!  There's your attack ad.  That's not an attack ad.  That's a fact ad.

Are you there, Mitt? 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:  I am back.  I am back.  Thanks, Glenn. 

GLENN:  So I was just saying the attack ad that you should run, and he would say that it's an attack ad but it's not is just say this.  McCain/Feingold, McCain/Kennedy, McCain/Lieberman. 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:  That's exactly right.  What I do in my ads is I very succinctly describe his vote against the Bush tax cuts, the fact that he is in favor of an amnesty-like program for illegal aliens.  I put those facts out there.  That will help him in the general election.  It's probably helping him with a lot of independent voters.  But he calls it an attack ad because obviously it makes a good score against me.  The truth is it's just describing his record and if he thinks that's an attack, he must not like his record. 

GLENN:  Okay.  Let me ask you this, Governor Romney.  The immigration debate that went on here, I didn't even know what anybody was even saying on this.  I thought Rudy Giuliani had the line of the night on that which is, we all suck at this.  You all do.  Every single one of you suck on immigration because things have changed, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.  But as I understand it, help me out.  As I understand it, John McCain wants to give everybody fines and everything else.  Mike Huckabee, he had a bad record when he was governor but now he's, ship everybody out of the country.  Where are you? 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:  I made it really clear, and this is where the big dividing line is.  Everybody agrees we should secure the border and have an employment verification system.  Everybody agrees on that now, but the question is what do you do with the 12 million people already here.  John McCain says give them the right to stay here forever unless they're a criminal.  I disagree. 

GLENN:  You denied that.  I mean, that's why talk radio went crazy. 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:  Yeah. 

GLENN:  Was the Z visa.  He denies that that was even part. 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:  But he keeps saying, well, it's not everybody.  They have to learn English and pay $5,000 and have a job.  Then they get to stay here forever.  So basically it's saying if you are here illegally, you get a special deal, you get to stay.  And that's his position.  My view is you're here illegally, you get no special deal, you get treated like anybody else that wants to come here.  You've got to go home, you've got to get in line.  You get the same treatment as anybody else that wants to come to America. 

GLENN:  So do you send everybody on JetBlue back to wherever they came from?  How do you get rid of the 12 million people that are here?  Are you there?  We lost -- how are we losing him?  I could hear him.  Lost him again.  Call him back up.  In what quite possibly could be the most difficult surgical interview I've ever done and I'm doing it on heavy medication.  Don't operate heavy machinery.  This microphone, not that heavy.

All right, are you there? 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:  Yeah, we're fading in and out here.  I'm traveling through the hills of beautiful New Hampshire. 

GLENN:  I'm so sorry that we keep losing you.  All right.  Let me go back to immigration.  He keeps saying that the Z visa doesn't apply.  I want to know, are you saying that we fly all of these people back to their homeland?  How do you take the 12 million people and send them out? 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:  Well, here's what you do.  You say to the 12 million who are here that they have the right to sign up if they want to become permanent residents but you look at their individual circumstances and you allow them to stay here for a temporary, set period of time.  So, for instance, somebody who's come here for a year, you tell them they're going home tomorrow.  Somebody who's been here ten years that have kids in school, you say, look, we're going to let you stay here for several months until your school year is over, you sell your home, you finish your apartment lease and then you go home.  You give people a different period of time for them to be able to stay here legally and to work here during this temporary period.  Ultimately, however, they go back home, they get in line and they apply for permanent residency or citizenship.  So we do this in a gradual way.  It's an attrition type process where gradually and humanely we replace illegal aliens who are here with our own citizens and with legal aliens coming in.  And, of course, we will have a continued legal alien program that welcomes people with visas and other statuses that allow people to come here the way we always have.  But we've got to be a nation of laws and we have to say that people who have stood in line get the chance to come here ahead of those who just jumped the line. 

GLENN:  You have a guy, John McCain, who I cannot believe.  I mean, this just shows how people are just searching for a candidate.  You've got a guy, John McCain, who every conservative will look at and say, you've got to be kidding me, right?  How is it he is currently tied with you or beating you in New Hampshire?  We've lost him yet again.  Can we rebook this?  Get him on the phone one more time and see if we can --

STU:  Yeah, he's obviously on -- you can hear him kind of fading in and out here and there.  What are you going to do.  It's live radio. 

GLENN:  I can hear him, we can hear him.  We should just text message the questions. 

STU:  He can answer them to your voice mail and we can play them back later. 

GLENN:  We'll piece it all together.  He's back?  Governor Romney?  We're going to try this -- we're going to try this one more time and then maybe we'll have to schedule you tomorrow if we can where you're stationary. 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:  Okay. 

GLENN:  You've got a guy in John McCain who every conservative would say you've got to be kidding me; he's done more to hurt free speech than probably any other American in the history of America.  How is it he's tied with you or beating you in some polls in New Hampshire right now?  What is it that John McCain, what is it that people are missing or are missing about you or missing about him? 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:  Well, John McCain is a fine fellow and a national hero.  He won here, as you know, against George W. Bush by a wide margin in 2000.  This is a libertarian state in a lot of respects and so he's got a lot of followers here and, you know, I'm very pleased that I've been able to tie him.  We're in a neck-and-neck race here.  I also think that the mainstream media gives him pretty much of a free ride.  They've had no discussion of his tax position voting against the Bush tax cuts, no discussion of his position on illegal immigration and it's meant that, you know, he has a growing following and, you know, my job is to remind people that, you know, if Barack Obama is going to be the Democratic nominee that there's no way that John McCain as a long-term senator in the U.S. Senate is going to be able to stand up and say he's the candidate of change.  Just not going to happen.  We're going to have to have a new voice who represents change in Washington or we're going to find that Barack Obama does the same thing to John McCain that he did to Hillary Clinton and Chris Dodd and to Joe Biden. 

GLENN:  You know, Mitt, I alienate almost every person that is ever on this program that is running for office because I'm honest and in hopes that I don't do that with you, let me ask an honest question.  One of the things about Barack Obama that people like is that he admits mistakes, he has mistakes, people look at him and say he's an awful lot like me.  If I were running a company, I would want you to be the CEO, no questions asked because you are never going to make a mistake.  You are so good and so well put together.  I mean, look at your hair, man.  You piss me off.  What is it about Mitt Romney where there is a struggle?  Where is the struggle in your life? 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:  Well, you know, everybody has struggles and not everybody sees what they are.  I think probably the greatest challenge that we've had in our life is of a personal nature when my wife and sweetheart got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998 and that continues to be something that we work with and that we battle.  We don't show that.  We don't describe that to voters. 

GLENN:  What is the thing, Mitt, that you have struggled with that you have overcome?  What is the thing that you -- what is the part of you that, you know, you're like, if I could change one thing, it would be this? 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:  Oh, gosh, Glenn.  There's so many things I'd like to change, you know, and I think everybody feels the same way.  There are, without question there are folks, so many more people I'd like to be able to help that I'm not able to help.  There are times when I'm more selfish than I ought to be.  You know, I must admit I'd rather spend time with my family than anybody else and so a lot of friends wonder why I don't spend more time with them.  But look, and did I have challenges as a kid, yeah.  Yeah, there are some things I did as a kid I'm not proud of.  But I really don't think it's helpful if you are running for President to stand up and talk about those kind of problems because I think it opens up the door to kids to say, oh, if the guy who's running for President or is President, if he did that, well, then I can do it, too. 

GLENN:  Right.  I'm not looking to --

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:  I'm willing to say what George Bush said which is when I was young and irresponsible, I was young and irresponsible.  And I got in trouble now and then and people have heard about some of those times and yet I don't really dwell on those because I don't think it's a good thing for our kids to hear. 

GLENN:  I'm not asking you to come out with some skeleton in the closet.  What I'm saying to you is you are so put together.  People describe it as slick.  I don't.  I think you're well put together.  You're a guy who I want running my company, but what they don't see is they don't see the human side.  They don't see the struggle side.  They don't see, man, I have had to conquer these things.  And I'm not asking for a revelation. 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:  Well, Glenn, you'll have to help me a bit but, you know, when I went to school, when I went to Brigham Young University, I went there and worked in school and then I moved back east and got into Harvard and I figured I'm going to flunk out of this place; I can't possibly make it.  And I worked harder, sitting down in the library studying than probably any other student in the school because I was afraid I was going to flunk out.  And I worked real hard and I did well, but I did it by working hard and, you know, then I came out of school and I went, got my first job and I again worked really darn hard because I wanted to do well there and I was able to do well but, you know, you don't do well and become the head of the company unless your daddy owns it, and my daddy didn't own this company.  I had no connection with the company.  I didn't inherit any money.  I worked real hard and found myself able to get to the top of the company and then I started a business of my own and was able to build it to be successful.  Then I went on to the Olympics and, boy, they were in trouble.  I mean, talk about a struggle.  I couldn't sleep for the first couple of weeks there very well because I was just terrified.  I got used to the terror as time went on and we were able to turn the games around.  So I've been in a number of settings that have been in trouble and the only answer I've got is that I do my best to work hard, to put my faith in my family and my creator, work as hard as I can.  And by the way, I don't always succeed.  I ran against Ted Kennedy.  I got trounced by the big guy.  And it wasn't easy getting beat by Ted Kennedy.  You know, for about six months Ann and I -- well, we weren't depressed clinically but we felt pretty darn low and, you know, it's just the nature of life.  You have some successes and failures.  In business I had some failures. 

GLENN:  All right. 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:  I had some things I did that didn't work out and, you know, you learn from that and you move on.  But I don't know that there's anybody who's lived a particularly charmed life but I think you learn from your failures as much as anything and I'm planning on unfortunately more than a couple of failures in my future. 

GLENN:  Mitt Romney, always a great experience to talk to you, sir.  I wish you the best of luck tomorrow in New Hampshire.  I'd like to have you on again, talk a little bit about the economy but I know we're out of time.  And let me just end with this question.  Do you support more cell towers in New Hampshire? 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:  (Laughing.)  Absolutely. 

GLENN:  All right, good.  Mitt Romney, thanks a lot.  We'll talk to you again. 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:  Thanks.  Bye-bye.

The Supreme Court slapped down New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings Wednesday, arguing that strict limitations on the number of people in churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship — while liquor stores, bike shops, and many other non-religious places face few or no restrictions at all — are in violation of the First Amendment.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere applauded Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who reportedly cast the deciding vote in the 5-4 ruling, as well as Justice Neil Gorsuch who took specific aim at Gov. Cuomo for limiting religious gatherings to as few as 10 people in some areas, while imposing "no capacity restrictions on certain businesses he considers 'essential'."

"It turns out the businesses the Governor considers essential include hardware stores, acupuncturists, and liquor stores," Gorsuch said. "Bicycle repair shops, certain signage companies, accountants, lawyers, and insurance agents are all essential too."

"Government is not free to disregard the 1st Amendment in times of crisis," Gorsuch wrote in a separate opinion.

Gov. Cuomo has since called the Supreme Court ruling "moot" and "irrelevant" because he had recently lifted restrictions in most of the affected areas.

"This is a trick they play all the time. They've done this with Second Amendment cases as well," Stu noted. "They'll put a ridiculous restriction in that's obviously not constitutional, keep it in place for a year while it goes through the courts, and right before it gets to the Supreme Court they withdraw the rule. So then the case gets thrown out because it's moot."

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Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

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