This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," July 23, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: Is America a divided nation? Welcome to this live studio audience edition of "Hannity." Now, tonight for the entire hour, we'll be tackling the most controversial issues facing the country from race relations to ObamaCare, immigration and much more. No topic tonight is off limits. Because as we've seen in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict, and even following the 2012 presidential election, there is a great divide that exists here in America today, and it's time to explore why.
Now, in a few minutes, Utah Senator Tea Party favorite Mike Lee will join us from Washington, he's going to tackle this sensitive issue of health care. And then a liberal and conservative collide when Juan Williams will square off with former Florida Congressman Colonel Allen West on the topic of race.
But before we get to all of that, it's time to welcome in our brilliant studio audience who will be here for the next 60 minutes. Good to see you all. Welcome. All right. Scale from out of 10. Shout out numbers, how divided is America? Ten being the most divided.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Eight.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Eight absolutely.
HANNITY: Eight. Anyone say 10?
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Nine.
HANNITY: Ten. Noelle, why 10, why?
NOELLE NIKPOUR, REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST: You know, the reason I say 10 is because I think Barack Obama when he got to be president immediately started on class warfare, and then immediately started with pitting the races. And I know Jehmu shaking her head but it's true. We are more divided. Our nation is more divided ever since he took president. I think it's one of the worst thing that's ever happened, and feel that within people -- I deal with donors, and I feel that with money, I feel that with race, I feel that in every aspect that we can. I think ObamaCare, I think everything that he has done has done nothing but divide us as a nation.
HANNITY: All right. More numbers, what do we got, Tom?
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Nine.
DENEEN BORELLI, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: It's off the charts.
HANNITY: Off the charts. Higher than ten if possible?
BORELLI: And I agree with Nicole.
HANNITY: Yes. Noelle.
BORELLI: Obama should be a leader. I mean, Noelle, I'm sorry -- more playing a role of the leader. And unfortunately, I really don't think that he's doing that, he has injected the race card, the child welfare card, the grandma card, anything to push his big government agenda because he believes more in big government and in the power of the individuals.
HANNITY: You know, with that --
DR. TOM BORELLI, SENIOR FELLOW, FREEDOMWORKS: That's the fundamental difference. The fundamental difference is, Obama brought in huge government programs, and he's facing resistance for those of us who believe in individual liberties.
HANNITY: Isn't that what it comes down to? States want big government, conservatives want limited government.
TOM BORELLI: Right.
HANNITY: Conservatives want limited government? But that fundamental --
DOUG SCHOEN, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: No, it isn't Sean.
HANNITY: It isn't. Right.
SCHOEN: We're all one America. You can have different views and disagree politely. Bill Clinton brought America together. Republicans like Ronald Reagan did.
HANNITY: But hang on.
SCHOEN: We are one America.
HANNITY: Doug, you just said eight out of 10 were divided.
SCHOEN: We are. The President and both parties have divided this country. But it doesn't have to be. Sean, we are the greatest nation on earth, and we're not a people that lack common values.
(TALKING OVER EACH OTHER)
HANNITY: All right. Let me ask the next question. How many on a scale of one to ten blame Republicans for the divide?
All right. Jehmu, it's a 10. Yes, Kisha. In the back, what?
KISHA HEBBON, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: I don't think we can blame Republicans, I don't think we can blame liberals, I don't think we can blame our president. I think that he represents the majority, and the government is supposed to be for the people not individuals.
DR. MARC SIEGEL, FOX NEWS MEDICAL A-TEAM: He sets the tone. The president sets the tone. You dial this back to ObamaCare, which was a huge government expansion. The president said, if you don't agree with me, you're misinforming people. That was creating a fear and a divide right there. If you don't agree with me, you're misinforming people.
TODD STARNES, FOX NEWS RADIO: But Sean, the issue here is, we've got a president whose acting very unpresidential. He needs to stop playing Barney Fife and cherry picking these local crime stories and he needs to focus on the big issues of the day. Stop dividing us, President Obama.
HANNITY: Jennifer is a Tea Party member. Jennifer.
JENNIFER STEFANO, AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY: Right. I believe the nation's divided. It's about a three. Because I don't really believe we as Americans are that divided. What I believe is that some presidents bring out the worst in us. Lyndon Johnson is one that comes immediately to the mind, Richard Nixon another one. And Barack Obama takes the cake. They bring out the worst in us.