The conservative movement lost its most prominent leader Wednesday when iconic talk radio host Rush Limbaugh lost his battle with lung cancer. He was 70 years old. His wife, Kathryn, made the announcement on his daily radio show. Rush’s cancer was detected in January of 2020, shortly before he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump at the State of the Union address.
Rush started his radio career as a deejay, moving around the country to places like Kansas City, Sacramento, and Pittsburgh. He finally landed at WABC in New York City where he began The Rush Limbaugh Show in 1988. When he started his radio show, he was syndicated on 56 radio stations across the country. He quickly became the number one talk radio show in the country, broadcasting on more than 600 stations.
One of Rush’s most memorable moments came at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) meeting in 2009 where he gave a rousing speech about who conservatives are.
“Let me tell you who we conservatives are: We love people. When we look out over the United States of America, when we are anywhere, when we see a group of people, such as this or anywhere, we see Americans. We see human beings. We don’t see groups. We don’t see victims. We don’t see people we want to exploit. What we see — what we see is potential. We do not look out across the country and see the average American, the person that makes this country work. We do not see that person with contempt. We don’t think that person doesn’t have what it takes. We believe that person can be the best he or she wants to be if certain things are just removed from their path like onerous taxes, regulations and too much government.”