By Martin Gould and Ashley Martella, Newsmax
The Republican Party is in a fight to the death with the tea party, and only one of them will be left standing at the end of it, TV host Glenn Beck tells Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.
â€œEither the tea party will eat the Republicans or vice versa,â€ he said. â€œThe Republicans make me nervous, quite honestly.â€
Beck was speaking as he launches his GBTV, an Internet-based television channel that he has personally funded after parting ways with Fox News earlier this year.
He said that if the typical â€œJohn McCain, Lindsey Graham kind of Republicanâ€ wins the internal party battle, the GOP will be finished. â€œIt will go the way of the Whigs,â€ he said.
â€œThe Republicans have one last chance to redeem themselves and if they go with a big government kind of guy and the tea party doesnâ€™t understand that serviceâ€¦ and conservative small government values go hand-in-hand, we may lose the soul of our country.â€
He said both parties have found themselves in ideological battles, but the difference is that the Democrats have already lost out to the Progressive wing of the party.
â€œThere is a real battle for the soul, not only of the nation, but also of these parties that is going on right now,â€ Beck said.
When it comes to the candidates vying for the Republican presidential nomination, Beck said he likes Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry the most, although he feels Rick Santorum is strongest on defense.
â€œI like Michele Bachmann a lot, sheâ€™s a fighter, sheâ€™s never going to give up, sheâ€™s wickedly smart,â€ he said.
â€œRick Perry, I have some issues with â€“ immigration reform is one of them. Iâ€™d like to talk to him about that, hear some more from him on that, I donâ€™t like, necessarily, his past on that.â€
But he also made it clear that he does not believe President Barack Obama is dead in the water when it comes to next yearâ€™s vote. He said no-one should underestimate the presidentâ€™s political machine.
Using the same term he used to describe Bachmann, he said, â€œTheyâ€™re extraordinarily, wickedly smart â€“ emphasis on wicked.
â€œRemember it was Howard Dean that said during the last election, â€˜Weâ€™re three to four years ahead. Weâ€™re planning our moves three and four years ahead.â€™ I believe they are there.â€
About his new venture, Beck said that GBTV currently looks like the TV news, but he is working on plans to make it completely interactive.
â€œYouâ€™ll be able to say, â€˜Wait a minute, I donâ€™t understand,â€™ if Iâ€™m talking about QE3 and monetizing our debt. Youâ€™ll be able to pause it in real time, ask it a question and it will take you to old monologues that will explain it.
â€œOr if you say â€˜I understand that, I want moreâ€™ than what youâ€™re getting from me on the screen right then, youâ€™ll also be able to go forward and educate yourself.
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