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Conservative pundit Ann Coulter is throwing her support behind Mitt Romney after having previously denounced the idea that the Massachusetts governor would make a good GOP presidential nominee.
Speaking to Fox’s Sean Hannity on Tuesday, Coulter made the case for why conservative voters should look at Romney as their nominee. Hannity began the segment by playing Romney’s television ad which featured Coulter saying that “Romney is the strongest candidate. I think Republicans want to beat Obama and Romney is the best one to do that.”
She backed up her apparent change of heart by saying that the 2012 election is the most important election for American in their lifetime. The reason for this election’s importance is because the health care overhaul package has yet to be fully implemented. Therefore, it can still be repealed and not further bankrupt the nation, according to Coulter.
“As soon as the treats (health care entitlements) kick in,” she asserted, “it will never be repealed.”
Despite his similar health care plan in Massachusetts, Coulter believes Romney is in the best position to defeat Obama and likewise kill the health care bill. Romney and Michele Bachmann, she asserted, are the two most conservative candidates left.
However, Hannity pushed forward, questioning his guest as to why she would do an about-face on her opinion of a Romney nomination. At a Conservative Political Action Conference in 2011, she stated that should her favored New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie choose not to run then Romney would certainly get the GOP nod. If that happened, Coulter had announced at the convention, the GOP will lose the general election to President Obama, Hannity pointed out.
Coulter defended herself by saying it wasn’t a complete 180 degree turn.
“I didn’t say ‘I hate Mitt Romney’ and now I love him,” she contested. She added that she didn’t think Obama was nearly as strong a candidate as he would have been last year at this time.
However, what is unclear is whether or not Coulter has really turned a new leaf and is pro-Romney or is simply anti-Newt Gingrich who has risen sharply in the polls recently and is giving Romney a challenge among the GOP base voters.
The former Speaker of the House, according to Coulter, is the “worst of both worlds.” Gingrich’s rhetoric, she said, elevates “the image of Republicans being cruel, but you never get [his] policy [positions]."
In a column written for the Town Hall in November, Coulter went after the seriousness of Gingrich’s campaign in her usual sharp and biting way:
“In addition to having an affair in the middle of Clinton's impeachment; apologizing to Jesse Jackson on behalf of J.C. Watts – one of two black Republicans then in Congress – for having criticized ‘poverty pimps,’ and then inviting Jackson to a State of the Union address; cutting a global warming commercial with Nancy Pelosi; supporting George Soros' candidate Dede Scozzafava in a congressional special election; appearing in public with the Rev. Al Sharpton to promote nonspecific education reform; and calling Paul Ryan's plan to save Social Security ‘right-wing social engineering,’ we found out this week that Gingrich was a recipient of Freddie Mac political money.”
Hannity seemed to share some of Coulter’s concerns for a Gingrich nomination. But he concluded by saying that he would vote for the former House speaker over President Obama. Coulter agreed, exclaiming that she would vote for Jeffrey Dahmer over President Obama.
Dahmer was a convicted serial killer and sex offender in the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
Hannity asked Coulter if she would like to tell the liberals that she was only joking, to which she replied, “screw them.”