11, 6:41 AM PST
Rush Limbaugh Denies Conservative Leanings
NEW YORK -- In
a very special Barbara Walters interview to be televised this
week, radio personality Rush Limbaugh admits to having dabbled
with a conservative agenda in his youth, but refuses to concede
that he continues to struggle with a conservative habit, despite
published reports to the contrary.
transcripts acquired from ABC, the surprise admission came after
Walters asked Limbaugh, "Weren't you photographed at a Republican
luncheon earlier this spring?"
"No. Absolutely not. That isn't me,"
Limbaugh replied. "[It's] someone who looks like me, and
the resemblance isn't even that great.
"Look Barbara, am I a prescription
drug addict? Yes. A racist? Absolutely. But a conservative? That's
really crossing the line. That's appalling. The notion disgusts
me, disgusts me."
Despite heavy coaxing from the lisping
Walters, Limbaugh continued to deny any conservative leanings.
"I've made mistakes in my past. I
may even had a youthful curiosity in a conservative agenda when
I was a boy," he admitted.
"But there's a big gap between youthful
dabbling and the decision of a mature and thoughtful middle-aged
man. Conservative? I flatly deny it."
"You deny it?" Walters countered
in a sexy-kitty voice, hoping the soft lights hiding her many
wrinkles would distract Limbaugh enough to extract a truthful
"Flatly," Limbaugh answered.
The appearance is motivated in part to
a persistent rumor that has appeared in multiple articles and
news reports around the country -- that Limbaugh has had a clandestine
relationship with numerous conservative organizations and causes.
If the allegations are proven true, the
future of his popular radio program and new commercial ventures
in flavored meat sauce will be uncertain.
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