Inhofe: Only one candidate addresses the four major issues

posted at 8:40 am on February 9, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday I had the chance to spend some time with Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), the conservative stalwart who has spent the last several years trying to fight off attempts from members of both parties to impose a ruinous cap-and-trade system to control energy production and usage in the US.   He now has a book coming out at the end of the month, The Great Hoax, in which he discusses his fight against global-warming alarmists and the real motivation behind the UN’s IPCC efforts — to gain control of an independent revenue stream that would make Turtle Bay completely unaccountable to its member nations.  With more and more climate-change scientists abandoning the so-called “consensus,” Inhofe’s book comes at a perfect time to put AGW on ice, and in the full interview, he gives us an advance look at the book.

Before we get to the entire interview, though, I have one highlight regarding the presidential election.  Inhofe had endorsed Rick Perry last year as the candidate who could best address the jobs issue as well as the global-warming encroachment on energy production.  I asked him to assess the race now, and Inhofe tells me that he probably won’t make a formal endorsement — but that only one candidate can seriously address his four key issues of this election:

The four areas are fiscal (budget deficits, which Inhofe blames entirely on Barack Obama), the decline of the military, energy production, and the rapid growth of the regulatory regime.  Inhofe says the best candidate of the four remaining to deal with all four issues is … Rick Santorum.  It’s not a formal endorsement, but it certainly is a key statement of support from a well-respected conservative on Capitol Hill.

Inhofe has plenty more to say in the full interview, including a preview of his speech at CPAC this week and more discussion of the Presidential race.  We also talked about sequestration in defense funding, which comes on top of cuts already made by Robert Gates at the Pentagon of a separate half-billion dollars over the next ten years, which followed a discussion that Bruce McQuain and I had with Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon earlier in the day.  I’ll have something to write about that later.  Meanwhile, enjoy the full interview.


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Inhofe is a great guy. And I don’t say that just because he endorsed Perry when Perry was my pick, and now endorses Santorum, whom I will vote for if he’s still on the ballot in June, when Californians cast our useless votes.

J.E. Dyer on February 9, 2012 at 1:33 PM

That’s the spirit chin up :)

Dr Evil on February 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

don’t you hate it when politicians expound upon something like global warming even though they aren’t scientists? They give speeches, write books, scream….I hate that.

Bishop on February 9, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Soooooooo…Using your own argument, we are justified in completely ignoring all of your political posts until you prove to us that you are a successful politician!!!

landlines on February 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

How in the world can this man be for two men who are the complete opposite? One is a full time conserative (Rick Perry) and the other one (Rick Santorum) is a part-time conserative. There is no comparison. Just goes to show some are for whoever is in the headlines at the time, that is really a good way to nominate a candidate! Forget the records just go with the flavor of the week.

Tn.-Vol

Last I checked, Perry is no longer in the race. What’s he supposed to do, pretend otherwise and keep pulling for Perry?

xblade on February 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM

How in the world can this man be for two men who are the complete opposite? One is a full time conserative (Rick Perry) and the other one (Rick Santorum) is a part-time conserative. There is no comparison. Just goes to show some are for whoever is in the headlines at the time, that is really a good way to nominate a candidate! Forget the records just go with the flavor of the week.

Tn.-Vol

Last I checked, Perry is no longer in the race. What’s he supposed to do, pretend otherwise and keep pulling for Perry?

xblade on February 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Heck, he won all 114 counties in Missouri (including urban areas like St. Louis & KC). He even won several mormon counties in western Colorado.

Norwegian on February 9, 2012 at 8:50 AM

The Missouri caucus that counts is March 17th

Romney, New Hampshire, Florida, Nevada
Santorum, Iowa *Colorado,*Minnesota,
Gingrich, South Carolina
Paul 0

From the Republican National Committee:

“Colorado is a non-binding precinct caucus. Their 36 delegates will be chosen at district conventions held between March 31 – April 13, 2012, and at the state convention on April 14, 2012.

“Minnesota is a non-binding precinct caucus. Their 40 delegates will be chosen at district conventions held between April 14 – 21, 2012, and at a state convention on May 5, 2012. Delegates are not bound unless the state convention passes a resolution to bind the delegates.

Missouri will hold a primary tomorrow that is not recognized as being a part of any delegate allocation or selection process.

A precinct caucus will be held on 3/17/2012 to begin the process of choosing their 52 delegates which will be chosen at district conventions on April 21, 2012, and a state convention on June 2, 2012. Candidates for delegate must state a presidential preference at the time of nomination and will be bound to support that candidate for one ballot at the national convention.”

Dr Evil on February 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM

To heck with all the self-serving ‘candidates’. Inhofe for President!

MrLynn on February 9, 2012 at 8:19 PM

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