Politicians turn out for 'Red, White, and Truth' tour at UCF
The "Red, White, and Truth" event at the CFE Arena on Friday night was billed as a discussion between Dana Loesch, Herman Cain, Brian Kilmeade and Sean Hannity.
The show had all four of those people, but it also had three others who showed up during the course of the night, including David Limbaugh, brother of Rush Limbaugh, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
Each presenter got some time to talk, and each segment instilled and re-enforced conservative Republican rhetoric. Loesch drew support from the crowd with an anecdote from her childhood where guns reassured her, and Cain took time to dismiss ideas about the Republican Party. He spoke to how various groups that are often traditionally Democratic — including African Americans and students — were being seen more and more often in Republican spaces.
"Some black people have left the Democratic plantation," Cain said, "and they ain't going back."
Limbaugh's segment consisted of being proud to be a Republican. He spoke of a "systematic" destruction of America and its ideals, and stated that Republicans — with a specific eye to the conservative faction of the party — had the best ways for "restoring" America.
"It's time we stopped apologizing for our ideas," Limbaugh said.
Hannity had a longer time, and between showing off an arm for throwing foam footballs that pros might be jealous of, he hit many points. He began by criticizing Charlie Crist, calling the former governor a "flip-flopping tan phony," among other things, and poked fun at the change of parties.
"Christ is the most confused politician I know," he said.
Hannity also spent a considerable amount of time criticizing President Obama and his policies. Most notably, he spoke against a lack of a travel ban on people coming from West Africa in the wake of Ebola. He also spoke on other current policies, including national debt and the schools.
"If we're going to save the next generation," Hannity said, "then we have to stop sending them to broken schools."
The biggest part of the evening, though, was discussion on elections — and not just on the midterms. The presenters expressed how they fully expected the Republicans to take back the Senate with a significant majority. They also discussed what to expect in the national politics of 2016.
"There may be as many as 16 different candidates coming out of the Republican party," Limbaugh said.
This was in contrast to the Democratic Party, where voters are looking at only a few campaigns to rally around.
That was where Sen. Cruz came in.
The senator spoke on as many topics as Hannity did. He described "a sense of urgency" in the nation, and spoke on several policies that should be adopted, including the repealing of Common Core and the restoration of American leadership in the world. He also criticized the response to Russia over the past few months.
"The Russian bear met the American kitty cat," he said.
Cruz was asked point-blank, several times, if he would run for president in 2016. Each time, he deflected the question, often turning the conversation from whether he specifically would run to where he believed the country needed to go.
Gov. Rick Scott also showed up for a brief period of time at the beginning, to rally voters before the midterms this week, but left soon after.