Rush Limbaugh’s death rocked millions of Americans.
From President Trump on down, most big-name Republicans paid tribute to Limbaugh.
And Mike Pence just made a surprising confession about Rush Limbaugh that no one saw coming.
In an interview with Laura Ingraham on the night of Rush Limbaugh’s death, former Vice President Mike Pence told viewers something he had never admitted in public.
And that was the fact of the role Rush Limbaugh played in getting his political career in motion.
Pence explained that Rush Limbaugh popularized AM talk radio with the launch of his program in 1988.
In the early 1990s, Pence became a talk show host in Indiana after failed campaigns for Congress in 1988 and 1990.
That exposure proved viral in launching Pence’s successful run for the House of Representatives in 2000 which eventually ended up with him serving as Donald Trump’s Vice President.
“People wouldn’t know this about me — but Rush Limbaugh came of age in about 1989, and it was literally at a time, you know, you had an incredible career in radio,” Pence told Ingraham. “But in the ’80s, literally, 8:00 a.m. radio was dying. And Rush Limbaugh stepped in as a force of nature, and he transformed and invented conservative talk radio. In the early 1990s, I was drawn into that medium, and really just as a fan of Rush Limbaugh, like I had my own talk show radio show across the state of Indiana for much of the 1990s. And as you said, I would describe myself as Rush Limbaugh on decaf.”
Pence shared a common view of Limbaugh that so many millions of Americans experienced in that Rush served as the chief spokesman for conservatives and the gatekeeper on the right.
“And so we started out as fans,” Pence added. “We would go on as following him into talk radio. But during my years in the House of Representatives fighting alongside House conservatives, my years as governor, and my years serving alongside President Trump as Vice President of the United States, Rush Limbaugh was an inspiration. He was an anchor of conservatism. And in every real sense, I can say to you with deep humility I would not have had the opportunities that I had from radio to the Congress to the governorship to serving as vice president but for the life and the voice and the example of Rush Limbaugh. And I will always be grateful.”
Many conservatives do not believe it was a coincidence that shortly after Limbaugh went on the air in 1988 and began taking the fight to the left, the Republicans in Congress ditched the permanent minority mentality and won control of the House of Representatives in 1994 for the first time since 1948.
Limbaugh’s voice was so important that the GOP conference made Rush an honorary member of the 1994 freshman class.
Mike Pence was working as a radio talk show host at that time and Limbaugh’s success inspired him to give running for office another shot.
That gamble paid off and Pence ended up serving four years as the Vice President as a result.
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