'I owe my country to Rush Limbaugh,' Beck responds

In a televised interview, radio host Rush Limbaugh took credit for the success of conservative voices in the media, telling NBC's Jamie Gangel that Fox News' Glenn Beck owes his recent success to him.

"Glenn Beck -- do you worry about the new guy on the block?" Gangel asked.

"No," Limbaugh responded. "Nineteen eighty-eight -- I'm the only national conservative voice. Now look at conservative media. Look what I have spawned. Glenn Beck to me is right on, daddy-o. Glenn Beck is a result of my success."

Gangel played a game of "word association" with Limbaugh. On President Obama, Limbaugh said: "Disaster." Jimmy Carter: "An utter disgrace and embarrassment." Hillary Clinton: "Nurse Ratched." Sarah Palin: "Misunderstood and underestimated." George W. Bush: "The most decent, down-to-earth real man you could hope to meet."

Limbaugh also told Gangel that he would continue with his bid to buy the St. Louis Rams, despite a torrent of opposition from NFL players and progressive activists.

On his radio show Tuesday morning, Beck responded to Limbaugh's claim he "spawned" the Fox News host.

"I don't believe that [Limbaugh] went far enough. I don't believe that I just owe my success to Rush Limbaugh, I believe I owe my country to Rush Limbaugh. How's that? I think if it wasn't for Rush Limbaugh back in the 1980s, if somebody wouldn't have taken the bull by horns and started saying the things people were thinking but would not say, I don't think we'd have a country left today."

This video is from NBC's Today Show, broadcast Oct. 13, 2009.

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The following audio was aired on The Glenn Beck Radio Program, October 13, 2009, and uploaded to the Web by MediaMatters.