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The Era Of Beto

How does Beto get away with accusing Trump of treason with no evidence? Is there an alarming trend among registered Democrats who view socialism more favorably than capitalism? Is it worth it for any Republican to challenge Trump in the primary? Weekend Editor at Hotair.com, Jazz Shaw joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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James Marter GOP Candidate For Congress

James Marter entered the ring to primary incumbent Representative Adam Kinzinger in the 16th congressional district. Marter enters the ring with Dan and Amy to discuss what got him into the race and how his strong conservative values separate him from his opponent. Are Illinois voters ready to stoke the revolt?

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Can this man defeat Cantor-ize House Speaker Paul Ryan?

This week Dan & Amy interviewed Paul Nehlen, a successful businessman who made a "six-figure commitment" to his campaign he said, seeking to defeat House Speaker Paul Ryan in his Kenosha, WI, district in the GOP primary. Nehlen said he was a big supporter of Ryan who sourced on Ryan after his votes for bailouts and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.

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Dan Proft: Dan and Amy, good morning. So the March jobs are out, unemployment rate ticks up a tenth of a point to five percent; 250,000 non-farm payrolls increased; 250,000 job increase average earnings up three tenths of a point; labor participation rate also ticked up a percentage point; I think it was at 62, now 63, which is why the unemployment rate ticked up a bit despite the 250,000 jobs being created. We’ll have Brian Battle on from Performance Trust Capital Partners at 747 to discuss, but now we’ve got something interesting happening just north of the cheese curtain, and that is this. A wealthy businessman who wants to spring a Dave Brat – Eric Cantor sized upset of one House Speaker Paul Ryan; his name is Paul Nehlen, and he’s running for Congress in a Republican Primary against Paul Ryan, and he joins us now. Paul, thanks so much for joining us. Appreciate it. Paul Nehlen: Hey, thanks for having me on, Dan. And you can call me Nehlen, by the way, just so we’re clear on who’s who here. Dan Proft: Okay, alright. Give us a little bit of your background, and the reason you decided to take up this candidacy, this challenge to Paul Ryan. Paul Nehlen: Great. I’m a manufacturing guy. I’ve been in business since right out of high school; started on the factory floor, worked my way up to running the business, and I’ve run businesses around the country. I was in charge of Europe, Middle East and Africa for a Fortune 500; I’ve got experience running businesses in Mexico and Asia and all over the United States, and the reason I’m running is, I was arguably Paul Ryan’s biggest supporter in this district. I punded signs, made some calls, I got people out to vote for what Paul Ryan said was his biggest priority, and that was getting people in Wisconsin working again, and that just wasn’t the case. He’s made promises to me and people here. He shook my hand, looked me in the eye and make promises on policies he would and would not support on behalf of this district. And we watched as he’s broken every single one of them. Amy Jacobson: Well, give me some examples. Paul Nehlen: I would say, first and foremost, the support of Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority, and this Trans-Pacific partnership that’s an absolute abomination for this country, for this country’s workers and specifically for the First District of Wisconsin. We’ve got a long history of design, engineering, manufacturing in this district, and the TTP, as it’s commonly known, is going to be terrible for this country. Paul Ryan has been its biggest supporter, biggest fan. Dan Proft: And you think that the idea of trying to expand trade into other markets is bad for manufacturing? Paul Nehlen: No, I’m saying the way this trade deal’s constructed is bad. I think we should be trading with partners all around the globe. I think when you got somebody like India, who has a 100% tariff on American motorcycles; Harley Davidson can’t ship motorcycles into India without 100% tariff, but there’s a 2.4% tariff coming back. That’s a huge problem, and as TTP lowers the bar on Made in the US content, Mazda, if you recall, a 65%, TTP takes it down to 45%; only 45% of the product has the Made in the United States to be marked Made in the United States. Dan Proft: What are other points of departure between you and Paul Ryan? Perhaps the most recent budget deal? Paul Nehlen: Absolutely. I can’t believe that Paul Ryan would fund the unabated immigration policy that Obama’s put in place. He has absolutely blown out all of the spending caps that we had, hard negotiated spending caps. Paul Ryan said – and I’ve heard it said even by people that considered themselves as conservatives, or fiscal watchdogs, as they referred themselves – they say “We’ve got these good things in them”… no, we gave away the farm in this omnibus. And we haven’t had a budget, I might add, we haven’t had a budget in this country since 2007. Obama will be the first president to come into office without a budget, be in office the whole entire time and leave without a budget. And Paul Ryan was considered this budget guru; that’s a misnomer. Beside you got a pile of money in front of you and you’re going to figure out how to spend it; does not a budget guru to make. Amy Jacobson: Well he’s going around to get around this time around, but next time the budget comes up he says that he’s going to fight. Do you believe him? Paul Nehlen: No, I don’t. I’ve heard that before. Paul Ryan has never died on any hill. Paul Ryan hasn’t gotten bacten on his knee on any hill. Dan Proft: And so, just going back here to the Paul Ryan record, if you had been representing the First District, rather than Paul Ryan, would you have voted for the auto bailout as he did? Paul Nehlen: No, I would not have. Look at how this worked out. I would have worked to run that differently. Paul Ryan has never met a bailout he didn’t like. He bailed out the banks, he bailed out the insurance companies, he bailed out everybody, and it was with him that the Jamesville facility got shut down. That didn’t have to go down the way that it went down. Paul Ryan was fine to go down the way that it went down. He agreed with Obama on how that all worked out, he looked at all the car dealerships that were closed, how that was done; you remember Cash for Clunkers. I mean, Paul Ryan went along with all of this stuff. All the shovel ready jobs; I’ve got a shovel ready job for you; build a wall; Paul Ryan’s got a big fence around his house. That has been authorized since 2006. Paul Ryan has been in Congress since 98. He’s been there for 20 years; that’s too long, that’s too long for any member of Congress. Dan Proft: Do you – I presume you’re a term limit supporter based on what you’ve just said. Paul Nehlen: I am. Dan Proft: Do you give Paul Ryan any credit for being a leading voice on entitlement reform and outreach to nontraditional Republican constituents that we will like to be Republican constituents like the African American community? Paul Nehlen: You can go to my website, electnehlen.com, and there you’ll find policy on that, but I would say it’s disingenuous of Paul Ryan to fund other countries’ initiatives, other things and gut social security. Paul Ryan goes after social security… we’ve got an excess of 150 trillion dollars of natural resources under the ground, gas and oil, and Paul Ryan would continue on a path of buying oil from other countries. We bought oil from Saudi Arabia, I guess. Let’s throw some rough numbers out there; $40 a barrel. Saudi Arabia sells to China $85 dollars a barrel. Do you know why? Because they can; and it hurts American manufacturers; American oil companies barely make 10% on profit on that. Dan Proft: So we’re talking to Paul Nehlen, and he is running for Congress against Paul Ryan, up in Kenosha, Wisconsin’s First District, Republican Primary challenger, comes from a business background, and Paul, it’s one thing to present a contrast opportunity, it’s another thing to run a successful campaign, right? So how do you put together the resources and the support that is required to make a real challenge against Paul Ryan? Paul Nehlen: That’s a great question, and obviously I’m passionate about this. I’ve been betrayed by Paul Ryan, and I have a long business history of hiring excellent people. I’ve hired excellent people around the country for business; I’ve hired excellent people around the country to run my campaign and to work with me on doing this. I’m just one guy. I’m a catalyst for this to happen. There's people around this country that are begging for somebody to stand up; stand up for what’s going on in Washington. Dan Proft: And are you going to be a self-funder? Are you making a big personal commitment to your campaign? Paul Nehlen: I’m making a big commitment, yes, to my campaign. Dan Proft: Can you put a number on it, or a range? Paul Nehlen: I would say it’s six figures. Dan Proft: Okay. I’m sorry, go ahead, finish your thought, Paul. Paul Nehlen: No, I would just say that it all comes down to three priorities for me; and you can read all this on electnehlen.com; reclaim Wisconsin’s First District for we, the people; stop Paul Ryan’s cronyism and corruption; and secure our borders and enforce existing immigration laws. Dan Proft: Alright, he is Paul Nehlen. Electnehlen.com is his website. Paul, thanks so much for joining us. Good luck with the campaign. Paul Nehlen: Thank you very much, appreciate it.

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Kathleen Murphy discusses the results of the Illinois primary on FOX Chicago

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Fox 32 Anchor: We're joined now by Attorney Sam Adam Jr. and Communications Director for the Illinois Opportunity Project, Kathleen Murphy. Thanks for coming in to analyze the results here. Sam Adam Jr.: Thank you. Kathleen Murphy: Thank you. Fox 32 Anchor: We want to start with the GOP race. We've got Donald Trump with big wins, 'Huge' wins I should say, but losing in Ohio, he's got a substantial delegate lead over his closest republican challenger Ted Cruz. So how do you see this panning out? Can Cruz and Kasich catch up before the convention in July? Kathleen Murphy: Donald Trump doubled his lead last night. It was a huge night like you said. I don't think Kasich winning in Ohio, I mean it's nice to win in your home state, but he has won 1 state out of 29. Mathematically he can't do it. Ted Cruz has multiple wins over Donald Trump but the establishment hates him. Right now the GOP establishment needs to decide what they are going to do. Are you going to come in for the guy you hate, but has proven he can win and beat Donald Trump, or are you going to go with the guy you like and feel you can work with but hasn't been able to win anywhere but in his home state. And Governors always win in their home states. They need to make up their minds what they are going to do and they need to do it right now. Fox 32 Anchor: I'm going to throw another question at you Sam. With the winners we say last night, we have Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton presumably as well, what does that say about what Americans want as their next President? Sam Adam Jr.: That's a very good question. We are in a time that I have not seen in my entire lifetime which is so polarizing, so opposite. You have those on the left that really seem to want change, but for government to come in. You have those on the right who really now have moved even more conservative to the idea that government is not going to be part of our lives. We're going to get rid of it as much as possible. IF that means we're going to call people names, we're going to keep people out of the country, so be it. That's where we're at in this country. It's going to be a very interesting race come November if it is Clinton vs Trump. Because you're going to see two polar opposites come head-to-head. With Donald's money and the Clinton name, it's going to be one heck of a fight. Fox 32 Anchor: Talk about an interest contest because we have the republicans declaring Donald Trump the winner in Missouri, still no declared winner for the democrats. Basically a margin on both sides of .2% between the first and second place winners, so it's really interesting in that state. Lets talk though very quickly the democrats as well and the delegate count because we did with the republicans. Kathleen, do you think there's anyway that Bernie Sanders can catch up to Hillary Clinton? Kathleen Murphy: He's giving her a run for her money which I like. I mean who would have thought a 74 year old socialist would challenge Hillary Clinton. I think that is the nature of their race. It's the enthusiasm gap. People are looking for something that is from outside of Washington and we see it on both sides of the isle. It's been a major factor in this race. So I wouldn't count him out yet. I think he can do it. I don't think he could overcome Hilary, but I think he could give her a very strong run for her money. Sam Adam Jr.: He's never going to be able to overcome Hillary at this stage. But what he can do is change the message. He can say 'Listen, this is what American seems to want, at least on the left, and I'll stay in this race and keep my message going, and you need to start coming more toward where we are. You have to understand, once you get in that general election, these people want to hear more of Bernie Sanders out of Hillary.' If he can start changing that message, we're going to have one heck of a democratic side. Fox 32 Anchor: That would be a win for him even if he isn't the nominee, right? Alright we're going to talk about the Cook County States Attorney with you too coming up in the next half hour. Another interesting race here. ------- Fox 32 Anchor: We're joined now by Attorney Sam Adams Jr. and Kathleen Murphy, communications for the Illinois Opportunity Program. Thanks again for joining me. We didn't scare you off the first time. Sam Adam Jr.: No, no, no. Fox 32 Anchor: Ok. Lets start with the race for the Cook County States Attorney. Unbelievable numbers here. Kim Foxx beating incumbent Anita Alvarez in the democratic primary. 58% to 29%. What does this indicate to you both about what voters are thinking here in Cook County? Sam Adam Jr.: Obviously they sent a very strong message here that they did not want Anita Alvarez. I said yesterday, if people come out in strong numbers, big numbers, that Kim Foxx was going to win this race, and she did. I think it sends a very strong message that says 'We need to be heard, we need to have fairness, we are going to make sure everyone is held accountable.' They sent that message to Kim and I think she got it. Fox 32 Anchor: : The endorsements helped as well that she received. Kathleen Murphy: Yes, absolutely. This was a bad night for Rahm Emanuel actually. This was a referendum on him. 2019 is not that far away. It was a proxy war between the establishment and the anti-establishment and the anti-establishment won. Fox 32 Anchor: Kathleen can you tell us a little bit about who Foxx is going to be facing in November? Her republican challenger. Kathleen Murphy: Of the 4 who were in the field, I think he was the most qualified. He's a 31 year criminal prosecution attorney. He has a background as a teacher, he's a certified teacher. I think republicans should advance the guy. Clearly there's an appetite for reform in the city with this victory and I think republicans should start to advance the case for something that is substantially different. Fox 32 Anchor: Something to keep in mind, Kim Foxx did not win it all outright. She still has a republican challenger in November. We want to transition to the race for US Senate. Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth beating her democratic challengers Andrea Zopp and Napoleon Harris. Incumbent Senator Mark Kirk beats his challenger James Marter on the republican side. So we have a Kirk vs Duckworth battle for November. I know you guys went all out on this yesterday, but I'm asking you the question today: who wins? Sam Adam Jr.: Oh, definitely Duckworth at least in my opinion. She's going to pull that out. I think voters cannot get behind Mark Kirk anymore. I think they don't want to be behind him. Tammy Duckworth is coming in, adding a fresh face. She has a message. She's run a very clean campaign. I think it's going to continue to be a very clean campaign. I think the Senate needs to be definitely diverse and she's going to be bring some of that as well. I think she's going to be able to get all of the voters behind her. She's going to Washington. Fox 32 Anchor: Kathleen, I know that Mark Kirk saying in his victory speech last night that he's been consistently underrated in the polls. So can he pull out a win? Kathleen Murphy: No. He has done nothing for his face. He voted against defunding Planned Parenthood. He voted against school choice. He's anti 2nd Amendment. What is the difference between him and Tammy Duckworth? Why would anyone who is interested in policy agenda that he is advancing vote for someone with an R behind their name? He can't beat her. ------- Fox 32 Anchor: Now we're joined by Attorney Sam Adam Jr. and Communications Director for the Illinois Opportunity Project, Kathleen Murphy to talk about what's going on politically, especially at the national level right now. Thanks for coming in guys. Sam Adam Jr.: Appreciate it. Fox 32 Anchor: Lets start with you Kathleen. Is there anyway of stopping Donald Trump right now. Certainly the idea that he can't capture the delegate count he needs to secure the nomination before the convention suggests that the stop Trump folks have some hope to get something done at the convention. Is that realistic? Do you see that happening? Kathleen Murphy: He seems unstoppable. He doubled his delegate lead last night. The story out of last night was that the Washington establishment is lost. They have been beaten badly. Washington politicians, republican politicians, have been weak, they have been cowardly, they have broken promises immigration, on Obamacare, on spending. The people who are looking at this race, who's quality of life has been declining for years now who have supported them, want something substantially different. Donald Trump is substantially different. I don't like him, but he makes people like, with him in the White House, they can take control of their lives again and they can improve their futures. That is a very attractive message right now. Fox 32 Anchor: Sam, talk to me about Bernie Sanders. The Michigan magic was saw last week was not in evidence last night. Why? Sam Adam Jr.: I think that people believe Hillary can win an overall election. Bernie is resonating, don't get that mixed up here. Exactly what she's talking about on the republican side is happening on the democratic side. There are people who want to feel as if their politicians are about them. That it's no longer about Washington and doing things for themselves. Bernie makes you feel that way when you listen to him. He says 'Look, I know who to blame, which is the 1%, and we can make your lives better by taking from them and moving it down.' That's resonating. Now what I think is going to end up happening here, is he's going to be able to shape the message for the democrats going forward. He's not going to to probably be able to pull this out and win. It's going to end up being mathematically impossible. But if he can take his delegates and he can take his people that back him and change the message, and make Hillary move further to the left, that is a victory for him. Fox 32 Anchor: Kathleen, question about John Kasich. Finally won a state. His home state of Ohio last night. Staving off Donald Trump. Lot of excitement with the Kasich folks. Folks who support him. Mathematically though he's got no chance to win the delegate count. But he says he's in it to the end. What is he hoping for? What is his path to the nomination? Kathleen Murphy: I don't think he has one. But you know what's interesting, we started this race with 9 republican governors and last night was the first win for any of them. The GOP needs to decide right now what they're going to do. Are you going to come in behind the guy who you hate? But has won, has beaten Trump. Or are you going to come in behind the guy you like and think you can work with but hasn't won anywhere but his home state.

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