Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday on his radio program that there’s “not a whole lot of love” for conservatives in the Republican Party, saying that many in the party are “embarrassed” by them.
“There’s not a whole lot of love for conservatives in the Republican Party. Except now, where the party will take anything they can get to win. They always tell us it’s the independents,” the conservative radio host said on his program, according to a show transcript.
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“The reason for that is the independents are undecided, and they’re not partisan,” he added. “They’re not conservatives, they’re not liberals, and so whoever wins with the independents proves the point that they win without the base of the party. Now, the Democrats are not embarrassed of their base. The Republicans, in large part, are. Except around election time where they’ll take it.”
Limbaugh said the GOP wants independents to credit moderation — not conservatism — for their political accomplishments.
“The Republican Party does not want conservatism credited for success. The Republican Party wants moderation, walking across the aisle, working together, to be the reason the party wins elections. That’s what they want everybody to understand,” he said, according to the transcript.