Ann Coulter called into the radio show today to discuss the Florida primary and what she expected to do down in the Sunshine State. What did she have to say? Read the full transcript of the interview below!
GLENN: Florida elections today and Ann Coulter is on the phone with us. Hello Ann.
COULTER: Hello Glenn Beck.
GLENN: What do you think is coming today.
COULTER: One thing I’ve noticed is the media seems to be encouraging raised expectations for Mitt Romney so if he wins by anything less than 15 points it will be declared a victory for Gingrich. And the upcoming caucuses if Romney loses a single one, wow, it’s a Newt Gingrich bounce. I note that in that regard that an editorial is strongly encouraging these debates go on.
PAT: This Washington outsider Newt Gingrich is coming on so strongly right now with his brand new ideas that are complete separate from Washington. I love that about him. And I love the fact that the establishment, the Republican machinery is all behind Mitt Romney.
GLENN: There’s really only one guy who can even make that claim, and even he is not an outsider, and it’s Ron Paul. But at least
COULTER: Why wouldn’t I say why isn’t Romney the outsider.
GLENN: You’re right.
COULTER: It isn’t such a terrible thing. You do tend to choose politicians from politics. I think we saw in the choice of Republican candidates Herman Cain. Even when he was in right he was stuck for an answer. Yet and still don’t go around calling yourself an outsider if you spent your entire life in Washington first as a congressman, and trading on your influence in Washington.
GLENN: So he’s never had a real job.
COULTER: I guess there would be an assistant professor 30 years ago.
GLENN: I wouldn’t call that a profession. He’s a historian for Freddie and Fannie. There’s the first line I cut. You need a historian. What is the hell is that?
COULTER: That was not a good answer.
STU: I find it amazing as they keep going to Gingrich as the antiestablishment guy. Here’s a guy who voted for the Department of Education. And it’s one thing and at least the fact that he was around to vote for the Department of Education’s creation shows you
GLENN: Try this on for size. Here’s a small government guy. Do you have the State Department audio. This is one of the most amazing pieces of audio I’ve heard from a Washington outsider that wants to return the power to the people.
COULTER: Hold every last
GLENN: Not that one. He sounds like the Taliban.
COULTER: Giving the conservative stress on the federalism as Rick Santorum has said if a state wants it can ban contraception. This focus on the federal government solutions is the federal government that created these problems and at least with a state it’s easier for a state to modify. It’s easier for states to see what other states have done, and how it worked out. You have more control over the officials you are electing to smaller area a town or governor or legislature. Which is why I find the comparison of Romney care, and Obama care so baffling other than it’s generally the same subject area. And you can describe it to a politician’s name to the word “care.” One is constitutional, and one is unconstitutional.
GLENN: I would agree with you on that. Who thinks I don’t care if it’s a state or not, who thinks that they can actually fix it by having the state run it? That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.
COULTER: I think that the big issue on Romney care there isn’t much any governor can do. The problem with the healthcare was created by the federal government and it can only be fixed by the federal government by repealing stuff.
GLENN: By reducing the size of the federal government.
COULTER: Right, and in particular the federal law requires hospitals to treat all comers. And Massachusetts was spending $1 billion a year, $1 billion on uncompensated medical costs so they are
GLENN: Wait a minute. Let me play devil’s advocate here. So you’re going to let vagrants die on the streets.
COULTER: I’m not going to say that the taxpayers is on the hook when they wander in to sleep off a drunk.
GLENN: What if they’re really sick.
COULTER: I think in an ideal world what I would do, I don’t have to have tax incentives to tax us less to begin. That’s the world we’re living with. For the tough cases let’s fine I don’t care if the federal government is going to pay for the tough cases. The federal government is going to set up poor people’s hospitals. At that point we can pay for with the amount of money we’re paying for the Department of Education now. But you don’t wreck the whole system to deal with the hard cases.
GLENN: I think you go back to what the Ben Franklin did. You have people like Jon Huntsman. He built the Huntsman cancer institute, and you have people that build hospitals, and they can partner with the states or with corporations or whatever, and they get tax incentives for.
COULTER: Charitable hospitals.
GLENN: Let’s not put all of the Catholic hospitals out of business. That’s a different idea. I’ve not heard this anywhere.
COULTER: We have to rethink the State Department, and I have to said inn crease its size by 50%. To be able to have a truly professional modern high technology State Department.
GLENN: How are you feeling about an increase of the size of the State Department by 50%?
COULTER: That is raging against the machine in my part. But he has this tendency to give precise numerical figures when he’s talking about his head. You have to increase it by 50%. I remember during 2007, and 2008 every month he was giving a different prediction of 80% chance Hilary will be the next President. And next the month Hilary’s chances have fallen to 25%. And 25.4% of women have been raped in college.
STU: There’s a lot of the things in his speech pattern. I think that the fundamental will file for bankruptcy if Newt Gingrich doesn’t win the nomination. It’s like is or the to this guy. Everything is a fundamental something.
COULTER: Now I’m having all these words are being stripped from my vocabulary, and I hear them, and it gives me a problem.
GLENN: A fundamental rash.
COULTER: Because frankly.
GLENN: Let me ask you this. What is the deal with the Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Newt Gingrich.
STU: She hasn’t officially endorsed.
PAT: Basically to all intents and purposes she has endorsed.
GLENN: What’s up with that?
COULTER: It may be a disagreement on whether you think it’s a good thing for this rancorous primary to continue, and whether that makes it more or less likely to defeat Obama in the fall. We’ve had 20 debates. I think this primary is quite a bit a nastier than others I’ve seen. I think it’s going to hurt whomever, and Romney the eventual nominee. And I don’t think it’s a good thing for the debates to go. The lead up to the “New York Times” let the debates go on.
GLENN: It’s crazy. We’re cannibalizing ourselves. I’m not getting any new information out of these debates. Is anybody else?
STU: It’s enough.
GLENN: Enough. All that’s happening. Let these debates go on. Now let’s have a rule that they can’t talk about each other. They can talk about what they will do, and compare it to the Democrats, and Barack Obama, and you can do that. But I don’t need to have them taking each other apart anymore. It really bothers me.
GLENN: They sound like a bunch of third graders.
COULTER: I dispute the aphorism that which does not kill you makes you stronger. Really you could gouge your eye out, you could live. Does that make you stronger?
GLENN: I don’t think if it’s self inflicted. That’s probably why it doesn’t apply here. But maybe it’s just me.
COULTER: That seems to be the argument. The one who baffles me the most I reject the cynical explanations for people coming out on the other side. We may disagree, and particularly in the case of and the one I have the Thomas Sole. I think there’s not a ray of light in the difference in our opinions and I respect him, and I’ve been baffled by his columns in favor of Newt Gingrich. And he has I think it’s today complaining that Romney is lying about or being deceptive. I don’t think he uses the word lie. And Newt does. And the ethics complaint. Unquestionably Gingrich resigned. The ethics reprimand was a lighter sentence. That was a majority House of Representatives. They were trying to protect their leader. There were a lot of the honorable Republican including Porter Goff who was the head of the ethic committee who thought that a reprimand was deserved. It was two years later that Gingrich resigned in disgrace because he was having a long term affair in the middle of Republicans having an unmistakable argument between Democrats and Republicans and the Democrats being adultery, and sodomy.
GLENN: And sodomy.
GLENN: Why haven’t we had her on the every day of the show. Ann thank you very much, and we’ll talk to you tomorrow when it’s a huge huge disappointment because Romney didn’t win by 80 points.
COULTER: That’s. Good to talk to you.