Rush: If Obama's Smart, 'We Need To Redefine Smart'

By Erick Hamme | November 17, 2011 | 12:28pm EST

Rush Limbaugh, on his show Wednesday said that he believes conservatives are too concerned with choosing the candidate they think will be able to compete with President Obama intellectually in a presidential debate. 

He pointed out what he believed to be a misconception among many conservatives - that Obama always comes across as "smart" – saying, "I just don't see it. That's why I think we need to redefine 'smart.'"

"The presumption that Obama is smart, that Obama has somehow dazzling intelligence -- take him off a teleprompter and it's a train wreck," Limbaugh said.

Limbaugh concluded that what is needed is not the candidate who is the best debater, but someone who is a skilled communicator:

"We just need somebody who can articulate conservatism in a proud, happy, confident way -- and that will take care of everything else." 

He then added that this ability is not as simplistic as it sounds, saying, "If it were that easy, more people could do it."

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