Rush Jams White House Phones: It's 'Ballgame'

He urges listeners to call about health care reform
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2010 5:56 PM CDT
Rush Limbaugh in a file photo from January.   (AP Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau, Brian Jones)
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(Newser) – Rush Limbaugh helped snarl the White House switchboard today when he gave listeners the toll-free numbers and urged them to call to chat about health care reform. “The system is being overwhelmed by calls,” one employee told Roll Call this afternoon. It's only the second time Limbaugh has pulled such as a stunt, and he explained it was necessary because "this is ballgame."

Answering an email from Michael Calderone of Politico on the air, Limbaugh said: "The only reason we're at this point is because the American people have stood up. The Republicans don't have the votes to stop this. ... All we can do is continue to have the American people let it be known they want no part of this—the substance of the bill or the process."

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