This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," December 13, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: The polls are showing that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is leading the pack for the GOP nomination. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is trying to win conservative votes in Iowa. And he is using the words of my next guest to help. Listen to this.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP FROM MITT ROMNEY CAMPAIGN AD)
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Mitt Romney's conservative plan to get federal spending under control has been called the boldest GOP agenda since Reagan 1980.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Congressman Paul Ryan praised Romney's plan, saying, this is getting us towards a prosperity agenda that will allow the private sector to grow.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: And conservative columnist Ann Coulter says.
ANN COULTER, AUTHOR, "DEMONIC": I think it's going to be Romney, I think Romney is the strongest candidate and I think Republicans want to beat Obama and Romney is the best one to do that.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Mitt Romney. Because it's time we start believing in America again.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
HANNITY: Joining us now with reaction, the author of The New York Times bestseller, "Demonic," Coulter. Good to see you. How are you?
COULTER: Good to see you.
HANNITY: I'm not going to ask you about your boyfriend, since you called me brat or an old grandmother.
COULTER: I appreciate that. Let's get right into the election.
HANNITY: All right. So, this is what you think. And you've been pretty, you've been very harsh against Gingrich?
COULTER: Yes. I mean, you hear this often. I think it's actually is true for this upcoming election. It's the most important election of our lifetime.
COULTER: The 1980 election was the most important election for people who lived in the old Soviet Union, but for America if we don't repeal Obamacare in the next four years, it will never be repealed. Republicans will have to run on improvements to Obamacare. Newt Gingrich will call plans to reform Obamacare right-wing social engineering. The treats don't kick in yet. As soon as the treats kick in, we will never get it repealed, and that takes America on the path to being some mediocre Western European country.
HANNITY: This is surely political in terms of you think he is the most electable?
COULTER: No, no, no. I think he is the most conservative. I think the two most conservative candidates -- and look, people are talking about a brokered convention, you know, knock it off Republicans, these are our candidates. We've seen them.
HANNITY: I agree with that.
COULTER: The two most conservative candidates who are still standing now are Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney. And Michele Bachmann, I think she is terrific by the way, but she is just a congressman. She has never been a governor. I think she is also probably hurt a little bit by the resemblance to Sarah Palin, having had this woman last time. The same I think Perry by his resemblance to Bush, and that's not an insult to any of them, but.
HANNITY: Let me ask you this. Because she was in love with Chris Christie.
COULTER: I remain in love with Chris Christie. He is going to be our cleanup guy in eight years.
HANNITY: All right. Threatened to take his breathalyzer, quote, "inhaler" away which isn't an Obama joke (ph).
COULTER: But I trust him enough, he made the decision not to run. Now, we have the candidates.
HANNITY: All right. But you have to go back to your own words at CPAC.
HANNITY: Because you know this has been making the rounds. Play the tape.
COULTER: I wish you wouldn't play it because I was sick that day --
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP FROM CPAC, FEB. 12)
COULTER: I may as well tell you what my prediction is because then, you can either totally congratulate me or laugh at me two years from now. I don't like to attack Republicans. Many of them have excellent characteristics and they are good in the positions they're in now, and I support them. Their positions as representatives or governor or Fox News host, but I think, well, I'll put it in the nutshell. If we don't run Chris Christie, Romney will be the nominee and we'll lose.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
HANNITY: All right. What changed?
COULTER: Obamacare for one thing. I mean, that was February, last year. Not last year -- whenever. And we have the economy in the toilet -- we have Obama knowing nothing to -- and by the way, I didn't say I hate Mitt Romney and now I love him.
HANNITY: Well, you said, if we don't run Christie, Romney will be the nominee and will lose. Now, you are saying, Romney is not the nominee we're going to lose.
COULTER: No. There were two predictions, and by the way, it's a lot better than, you know, everybody on MSNBC telling us it's going to be Pawlenty. So, so far my prediction is holding up pretty well.
HANNITY: This isn't a gotcha -- I want to know what changed.
COULTER: What changed my mind about is whether -- and by the way I changed my mind about three months after that on some Fox News show because the economy was so bad. And I said, look, I mean, I'm generally a pessimist who we're running against -- actually, maybe I'm not. But we have this very popular --