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Rush: Don’t Fall Into Perfectionism or ‘Single Issue-ism’

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Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh warned against the “quest for conservative perfection” and “single-issueism” in the 2016 presidential primary on Monday.

Rush said that “every Republican presidential primary, there’s a series of candidates. Some are conservative, some are okay, some are bad, but they’re conservatives, some have been really good. And we take ’em out one by one because they’re not perfect.”

As one example, Rush reported that he received emails from “people who wanted me to walk back what I was saying about Scott Walker, because he just wasn’t saying the exact thing they wanted to hear on amnesty, or whatever it was.”

He then predicted, “with Cruz it’s gonna be something else, somebody, some conservative blog, or some conservative host, some conservative media type, somewhere is gonna find one thing that candidate X, conservative candidate X falls short on, and disqualify — they’re gonna say it disqualifies him.  And this happens.  And what’s happened — this is one of the reasons why the Republican Party ends up with the McCains and the Romneys as the nominee, because this quest for conservative perfection ends up doing great damage to individual conservatives in the race.”

Rush concluded, “I think you have to go into this understanding that there isn’t a perfect candidate.  There is not a candidate — there’s not a single candidate who’s gonna be 100% right on everything.  And I’ve always [said] single-issue politics is our death knell, or it’s a huge problem, and it has been…this quest for perfection, which sometimes descends into nothing more than single issue-ism, can be damaging and even destructive.”

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