Glenn Beck 'On the Record' at the Alamo

This is a rush transcript from "On the Record ," April 15, 2009. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: All right, it's time for you to go to the Alamo, where Glenn Beck landed right in the middle of a massive tea party.


VAN SUSTEREN: Glenn, I see that beautiful sight behind you. It's quite amazing. Where are you?

GLENN BECK, HOST, "GLENN BECK": I am in San Antonio, Texas.

VAN SUSTEREN: It looks like you're there with your friends. Are these people people you know?

BECK: Greta, we're -- when I heard about the tea parties, quite honestly, I thought that it was too early for the tea parties because we haven't been hit by the taxes yet that have to come. But I have to tell you, when the tea parties started to roll and everybody started to do them -- I found out that they were doing a tea party here at the Alamo, and I thought there wasn't a better place to do it.

This is the place. Everybody's always heard, you know, draw a line in the sand. This is where it happened. They drew a line in the sand and said, Enough is enough.

VAN SUSTEREN: Have you gone into the crowd and found out, you know, where a lot of these people are from? I know many are from Texas, but have some traveled from great distances to be part of this?

BECK: You know, I've met people today from Minnesota. I've met people here today from New York City, Jersey, New York, New Jersey, California, Texas. people are here from all over the -- all over the country. But I tell you, Greta, Texans understand a republic better than anybody else in the country.

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, I don't know if you -- I'm sure you know that Governor Perry has some pretty harsh words for the federal government right now.

BECK: You know, I talked to the governor earlier today, and I don't know how popular or not popular he is here, but I tell you, his words ring true to an awful lot of people not just in Texas, but I think a lot of people all around the country. There are movements -- they've taken the original documents between James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, and in several states, I believe it's 23 now, they are passing this in their legislature, which says you don't have any more rights in the Constitution than those that are outlined, and federal government, you need to back off.

VAN SUSTEREN: You know, from here, Glenn, listening to Governor Perry last night and watching your crowd and listening to the things that are coming out of Texas -- I don't want to be too dramatic, but it almost seems like Texas is going to secede from the rest of the nation.

BECK: I mean, I don't know (INAUDIBLE) can we get this (INAUDIBLE) back here? This is on the jib (ph) back over here. This says, Texas independence. Greta, what most people don't understand is I lived in Texas for about four years, and I have to tell you, when you first come down to Texas, you're, like, OK, the boots and the hats and the horns on the car on the car, and within -- within a year, you want the boots and the hats and the horns on your car. And the reason is -- correct me if I'm wrong -- these people love America. They just think Texas does America best!

VAN SUSTEREN: Glenn, you referred to this a few minutes ago as a movement. I don't know if you can hear me (INAUDIBLE) You referred to today...


BECK: ... right now, but...

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, I think I -- I think we know. You referred to this as a movement. What happens after today? Is this a one-time deal, or are we going to see more of this (INAUDIBLE)

BECK: She's talking to me! Back off! I don't think so, Greta.

VAN SUSTEREN: You think this is more than a one-time deal?

BECK: Here's what I have been -- here's what I have been talking about with people and with the audience that I have on the radio. And that is this is an opportunity for people to connect with each other and to see that they're not alone and to see, Oh, my gosh. Oh, my gosh, I didn't know you -- really? You believe in this, too? And be able to connect with each other.

You know, a lot of -- I mean, don't get me wrong, but I mean, I think a lot of Americans -- I know I am -- we're slugs. And until you keep pushing us up against a wall and pushing up against a wall and pushing against the wall, you know, we just -- we want to just sit back and relax and just watch "American Idol" or something. But I think now is the time that we're all, like, Oh, crap! OK. And we get up. I don't think anybody's really ready to sit down yet.

VAN SUSTEREN: Thank you, and good-bye to Texas because we got to go, and we're going to hit a lot of the parties tonight.

BECK: Good-bye, Greta! Good-bye!


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