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Rush Limbaugh on Free Trade

Conservative Talk-show Host


Support for NAFTA cited in 1993 Gore-Perot debate

Q: Is there any one moment that sticks out in your mind to be the pinnacle" of your career?

KING: I think the Perot-Gore debate. NAFTA was gonna lose, and Bill Clinton wrote that "I owe you big time because you changed that vote." Well, I didn't change it, the show changed it. That would be the moment.

RUSH: This was the NAFTA debate. After the NAFTA debate on CNN, I was an invited and esteemed guest on 60 Minutes. During this debate, the Gore-Perot debate on NAFTA, Algore said something for the ages.

ALGORE 1993: Let me just finish this one point -- and distinguished Americans from Colin Powell to Tip O'Neill to Rush Limbaugh...

RUSH: (laughing) That's November 9, 1993, I was a distinguished American that night on the show. Yeah. Colin Powell, Tip O'Neill, Rush Limbaugh. Yeah, I was a distinguished American that night. Anyway, that's Larry's big night.

Source: Rush Limbaugh Show, "Larry King" , Sep 27, 2011

NAFTA lets unskilled Mexicans do our unskilled labor

Rush was particularly offended by the accusations that he was anti-Mexican and accused Obama of "prejudice." That may have been a quote from 2006 about "stupid and unskilled Mexicans," that drew Limbaugh's ire and his assertion that it was "a 1993 humorous monologue poking fun at the arguments against the North America Free Trade Agreement." According to the radio host, "A caller called here and was giving me grief for not wanting to do what it took to protect American jobs, and so I said to him, 'If you are unskilled and uneducated, your job is going south. Skilled workers, educated people are going to do fine 'cause those are the kinds of jobs NAFTA is going to create. If we are going to start rewarding no skills and stupid people, I'm serious, let the unskilled jobs that take absolutely no knowledge whatsoever to do--let stupid and unskilled Mexicans do that work.'"
Source: The Most Dangerous Man in America, by J.K.Wilson, p. 37 , Mar 1, 2011

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