Coulter On Christie: "We Have To Run Someone Who Can Win Or The Country Is Finished"

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Conservative commentator and columnist Ann Coulter had a lively discussion and debate with FOX News' Sean Hannity about what the Republican party has to do in order to win future elections, national or otherwise.

Coulter spoke against the recent phenomena of incumbent Republicans in winnable elections being knocked out of the race in the primary by a more conservative candidate, who then goes on to lose the general.

"If we had not blown ten Senate elections, that were clearly winnable in the last three election cycles, the Senate would now be divided 56 Republicans, 44 Democrats," Coulter said on Monday's broadcast of "Hannity."

"I think we should avoid, abjure 'primarying' incumbents in our own party, because that accounts for -- or the equivalent of an incumbent -- at least two of the losses of my ten," Coulter added.

Coulter also said that 'primarying' should only be practiced in "extremely red states" where the Republican primary is essentially the general election.

The conservative firebrand also surprisingly defended and seemingly backed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for president after she told CPAC he is "off my list" only ten days ago.

"I'm warming to him again," Coulter said of Christie. "I'm waiting for him to switch on amnesty, and I have confidence in his high I.Q."

Hannity was perplexed and asked "so you're back with Christie again?"

"We have to run somebody who is going to win or the country is going to be finished," Coulter confidently replied.

Coulter dismissed other Republicans whose names are being mentioned as potential presidential candidates. Asked for her opinion of Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, Coulter said they were too short.

However, Coulter seemed open to a possible Ted Cruz candidacy.

Other than height, Coulter's other criterion for potential candidates includes prior elective experience, preferably in a mid- to large-sized state.

"You can't run a candidate who is not a governor, preferably; possibly a Senator. But you really want the executive experience, you want them to have been a governor in a mid-sized state. Look at who has won to the nominee and also to be president," she said.

After making light of Rand Paul's immigration plan, which she calls 'amnesty,' Coulter was confronted by Hannity about illegal immigration and what she would do to solve the crisis.

"Well, I hate to tell you, but those 11 million people here, do you want to pack them up and put them in a van and send them home?" Hannity asked.

Coulter said that was "such a straw man argument" and that no one has suggested we do though.

"They will go home the same way them came," Coulter said.

"No they will not go home, they want to stay. They want to stay," Hannity responded.

"Not if you enforce e-Verify, which, oh that's right, Rubio and Rand Paul don't want to," Coulter shot back.

ANN COULTER: One of the points I made to [CPAC] was we keep blowing easy elections. If we had not blown ten Senate elections, that were clearly winnable in the last three election cycles, the Senate would now be divided 56 Republicans, 44 Democrats.

So, I think we should stop screwing up. There are a few different categories of how we screw up. And one is, and I'm not really sure -- I mean, you know that my least favorite politician in America is John McCain. But in general, I think we should avoid, abjure 'primarying' incumbents in our own party, because that accounts for -- or the equivalent of an incumbent -- at least two of the losses of my ten.

SEAN HANNITY: But you were a big Romney guy.

COULTER: But I make an exception for 'primarying' a really bad Republican in an extremely red state. Say, Arizona.

HANNITY: You were so for Chris Christie, now you --

COULTER: I'm warming to him again.

HANNITY: I watched the speech, you were saying no to Chris Christie in that speech.

COULTER: I'm waiting for him to switch on amnesty, and I have confidence in his high I.Q.

HANNITY: Good grief. So you're back with Christie again? Now you're obsessed with him?

COULTER: We have to run somebody who is going to win or the country is going to be finished, Sean.

HANNITY: But Marco Rubio can't win? Rand Paul can't win?

COULTER: I'm a single-issue voter.

HANNITY: Ted Cruz can't win?

COULTER: Maybe Ted Cruz. Rubio and Rand Paul, for one thing, are as tall as my iPod right here.

HANNITY: What does height have to do with it?

COULTER: What does height have to do with it? We have to win! You can't run a short candidate.

HANNITY: I'm six foot tall, is that tall enough? Do I meet your criteria?

COULTER: Yes, but you have not held elective office in a mid-sized to large state.

HANNITY: I'm not running for office.

COULTER: Well, you asked! But as long as we're on the subject, you can't run a candidate who is not a governor, preferably; possibly a Senator. But you really want the executive experience, you want them to have been a governor in a mid-sized state. Look at who has won to the nominee and also to be president. Congressmen, businessmen, pundits, I love them, but we are wasting our time.

HANNITY: I like Republican governors, and I like Rand, and I like Rubio, and I like Ted Cruz.

COULTER: You like everyone!

HANNITY: No I don't. I like conservatives and libertarians.

COULTER: I'm trying to win.

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COULTER: [Rand Paul] said his two objectives after the election, his two objectives were legalizing pot and amnesty for illegals. No, he's not our candidate.

HANNITY: Well, I hate to tell you, but those 11 million people here, do you want to pack them up and put them in a van and send them home?

COULTER: Why? This is such a straw man argument!

HANNITY: No it's not. I say control the borders first.

COULTER: Well, yeah. No one has ever said 'round them up, round them up.'

HANNITY: So what do you do with the 11 million people?

COULTER: They will go home the same way them came.

HANNITY: No they won't.

COULTER: They could round them up to bring them--

HANNITY: No they will not go home, they want to stay. They want to stay.

COULTER: Not if you enforce e-Verify, which, oh that's right, Rubio and Rand Paul don't want to.

HANNITY: Oh, you are annoying.

COULTER: I am right.

HANNITY: It's good to see you though.

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