In recent weeks, Rush Limbaugh has become so controversial that some top GOP leaders are trying to distance themselves from the divisive radio host. But not Dick Cheney. In his first TV interview since leaving office, Cheney said he adores Limbaugh and even said he wants to see President Obama debate him:
CHENEY: Rush is a good friend. I love him. I think he does great work and has for years. He has now offered to debate President Obama on his radio show. Hell, I’d pay to see that. … I think Rush is a good man and serves a very important purpose.
Limbaugh was extremely close to the Bush administration. In January, President Bush invited Limbaugh to the Medal of Freedom ceremony and hosted a private birthday party for him. Last summer, Cheney sent Limbaugh a recorded message, calling him “one of the great names in broadcasting history.” In 2007, Karl Rove granted his first post-resignation interview to Limbaugh.