On Friday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, host Joe Scarborough and conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt had an exchange about the state of the Republican Party 2016 presidential nominating process.
Hewitt argued things won’t be settled by the Republican National Convention and pointed to the standing of the candidates.
“I’ve been saying from the beginning,” Hewitt said. “I’m the only person who believes we’re going to have an open convention in Cleveland and you need to book your hotel room for two weeks, not four days. The reason is Donald Trump’s not going away, Ben Carson’s not going away. He’s a repository for people who hate conflict in politics. He’s a lovely man, he’s an inspiring guy, and people aren’t going to leave him. Ted Cruz has by far the most social media interactions than anyone. And Marco Rubio may be the most dynamic speaker the Republican party has seen ever, actually, since Lincoln. And we didn’t have mass media back then. So there are a lot … John Kasich is not going to lose Ohio on March 15.”
That led Scarborough to accuse Hewitt of having a pro-Rubio bias, but went on to add he didn’t hold Rubio in of high as regard.
Exchange as follows:
SCARBOROUGH: Since Lincoln? Do you have a tingle going up your leg, Hugh Hewitt? Since Lincoln?
HEWITT: No, I refuse to go there. I refuse to go Chris Matthews on it, but I’m saying he’s the best speaker I have encountered since 1976 on the trail. Joe, do you disagree with that?
SCARBOROUGH: I, oh my God, I certainly disagree with it. I’ve said it for some time: When I see Marco speaking I see a guy, I’m seeing a guy that’s running for the student government, and it’s not just because of his age.
HEWITT: Oh gosh, you’re so wrong. You’re so wrong.
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