Obama: Supporter Should Debate Hannity

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity & Colmes," August 5, 2008. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, CO-HOST: And welcome to "Hannity & Colmes". We get right to our "Top Story" tonight.

And for the second time in the last three weeks Senator Barack Obama - - well, he's talking about little old me. Now earlier today at an event in Youngstown, Ohio, the senator — fielded a comment from a supporter and — well, take a look at the exchange that then followed.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If this is our next president, he will, in fact, lead not only the Democratic Party, but this entire country from a culture of criticism to a culture of recognition.

Thank you.

SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: All right. All right. Well, that was — all right. That was pretty good. That was pretty good. That was pretty good.

I might have to put Mr. Burgess on FOX News. You know, I'll bet — I'll put Mr. Burgess up against Sean Hannity. They'll tear him up.


HANNITY: Tear me up.

All right. Let's get this straight, Senator. You won't come on this program to answer questions yourself, but you're willing to send this guy? Now I know you're used to the media fawning and falling all over themselves to give you five — to get five minutes with you, but if you can't answer questions from the people who don't faint in your very presence, then how do you expect to be the leader of the free world?

Senator, come on this program. We'll give you the whole hour. We'll give you as much time as you want on my radio show, and we'll even give you a sneak peek at some of the questions in advance, for example, such as this.

Senator Obama, how will checking the pressure on our tires lessen our dependence on foreign oil?

Now I know The New York Times would never ask you that, but I think the American people would like to hear you expand on your plan to combat $4 a gallon gasoline with only the help of the Michelin man.

Senator, we're waiting for you, you name the place, the time, wherever it is, I'll be there.

And joining us tonight with some thoughts about this, author, columnist — now he mentioned this once together, by the way, in his book.

ANN COULTER, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST & AUTHOR: Yes. Yes. That is not the politics of unity.

HANNITY: Yes. Well, he was a uniquely unified figure that was going to transform the world.

Look, I got to.

COULTER: But I love this guy attacking you.

HANNITY: No. I'm going to be honest here. He's never had any tough questions.

Now, look, Senator Obama, come on the program. We'll ask him some questions. He'll meet with Ahmadinejad without preconditions.

COULTER: Right, but not Sean Hannity.

HANNITY: Or not the FOX News Channel.

COULTER: Well, Republicans are more frightening.

HANNITY: He was upset, too, that I, quote, "attacked his wife," and that — you know, he made a comment on Glamour magazine. If you start being subjected to rants by Hannity and the like day in and day out, it'll drive up your negatives.

COULTER: What do you mean, dropped me from the list?

HANNITY: You're upset.

COULTER: I'm conservative — the attacks, yes.

HANNITY: And then he says — and you know, the problem is rarely do these guys have the guts to say it to your face. So I view that as a challenge.

Senator, I'm saying sit down next to me and we'll do — he's not going to do it.

COULTER: And I'll come on that night, too.

HANNITY: But isn't one of the major theme of his whole campaign is that he has not had to answer tough questions?

COULTER: Yes, I think the softer in the audience asking the question does not constitute a tough question but the audience was — well, it's exciting to finally hear someone give a speech more vapid than an Obama speech.

HANNITY: Well, let me give you a for example that, you know, here he starts this battle over the issue of race with Senator McCain.

COULTER: Right. Right.

HANNITY: Three times in one day, he says, well, you know, they're going to try and create fear, he's got a funny name, and oh by the way, he doesn't look like those guys on the dollar bill.

COULTER: Right. Right.

HANNITY: He said in Jacksonville.

COULTER: I think it's because he has a different haircut than the guys on the dollar bill.

HANNITY: Is that different?

COULTER: Or is it the nose?

HANNITY: Could it be.

COULTER: But what do you think he meant by that?

HANNITY: I think he meant race.

COULTER: Oh, I get it now.

HANNITY: So the New York Times columnist charged that McCain and the Republican Party are producing ads that are slimy, foul, poisonous, designed to exploit the hostility, anxiety, resentment that many white Americans who are still freakishly hung up on the idea of black men rising above their station and becoming sexually involved with white women.

COULTER: OK. The reason this really upsets me is that ad with Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, was that it?


COULTER: That is clearly has nothing to do with race. That is an attack on blonde women, once again, because the suggestion is the celebrities who are just taking up space are vacuous, are stupid, are blonde.

HANNITY: Well, he once said that he was getting more — you know — his 15 minutes of fame than Paris Hilton. He brought up Paris Hilton.

COULTER: Right. But the ad is suggesting that Obama, yes, he is a celebrity, but he's vacuous like these celebrities.


COULTER: But whom I know are both blondes.

HANNITY: Let me ask you a question. In context, he's lost 10 points in the polls in Rasmussen.

COULTER: Which is shocking.

HANNITY: Which is shocking. It's very sad for Alan. It's a tough day. He says the solution to our energy problems, if Americans will tune- up their cars and inflate their tires.

COULTER: No, I like that one, and in the same spirit, I think the solution to our nonexistent health care crisis is my proposal that everyone eat an apple a day.

COLMES: By the way, I — Ann Coulter.

COULTER: We have it.

COLMES: I hate to break up this love-fest.

COULTER: Oh, hi, Alan.

COLMES: I'd like you to meet my guest host, Mr. Burgess, sitting in for me. Welcome to "Hannity And Burgess."

You know, first of all, John McCain is welcome to come on with me. He hasn't agreed to sit down and let me interview him since the start of this campaign.

HANNITY: He's been on the program with you.

COLMES: Not since he's been a candidate.

HANNITY: But wait a minute. But he's been on the program a ton with you.


HANNITY: A ton of times.

COLMES: And so is Barack Obama. He's been on the show with me. But since John McCain became the nominee apparent he has not agreed to an interview. Glad to have him sit down here.

HANNITY: Let me give you the — John McCain has sat down with both of us. Barack Obama has never done an interview with me.

COLMES: All right, well.

HANNITY: And he's been afraid to be on the FOX News Channel.

COLMES: I think — he's not afraid. He's been on the morning show, "FOX & Friends." He actually — and he's been on with Chris Wallace on FOX News.

I think he should come on. He should come on the show and so should John McCain.

Hello, Ann Coulter. How you're sitting here very quietly right now. By the way.

COULTER: I'm letting him defend McCain.

COLMES: By the way, I want to point out that he's — you're a big McCain fan, right?

COULTER: I happen to have just started the most effective pro-McCain Web site on the Web.

COLMES: What's that?

COULTER: GetdrunkandvoteforJohnMcCain.com .

COLMES: So in other words, you have to be drunk.

COULTER: And by the way, since I started it.

COLMES: Wait a minute.

COULTER: ... he started surging in the polls.

COLMES: In other words — so your position is — let me get this straight. You have to be drunk to support John McCain.

COULTER: Apparently, it's working. Have you seen the polls since I started the Web site.

COLMES: Well, you still — actually Obama is three points up in the daily tracking poll.

HANNITY: Does that mean you have to do LSD if you vote for Barack Obama?

COLMES: Do you believe — do you actually believe that — I know, laugh at all his little jokes.

COULTER: That'll help McCain, actually.

COLMES: But do you actually believe the only way you could support Obama — I mean McCain would be to have a few cocktails?

COULTER: Well, my idea is Election Day, but I've noticed that the college kids reading the Web site.

COLMES: Right.

COULTER: ... misunderstand and think you're supposed to be drunk from now until election.

COLMES: Because you've been on this show — you know, putting down John McCain, saying you can't stand the fact that he being the nominee.

COULTER: Yes, until his opponent was B. Hussein Obama.

COLMES: Oh is that his name? Yes.


COLMES: There's a new piece of material. All of a sudden using his middle name.

COULTER: I know, but.

COLMES: . to scare people.

COULTER: ... it always upsets you so I have to use it every time.

COLMES: You know what a new piece of material to use his middle name to frighten people. That he's got the same as a dead dictator.

COULTER: Right, like you use J. Danforth Quayle.

COLMES: I see. So when you say J. Danforth Quayle you say it with the same degree meaning.

COULTER: Look, there were articles written about it. We have argued about this before. There was an article written by Calvin Trillion, you know, liberal and good standing.


COULTER: ... about oh, can you believe how stupid Republicans are nominating J. Danforth Quayle. He sounds like a rich banker. And Republicans, they have an association with the rich bankers. How can they be so stupid? Well, OK, Democrats have an association with being soft on terrorism.

COLMES: All right, so you're going to put a clothes pin on your nose and vote for John McCain after having a number of drinks, is that it?

COULTER: No, I'm going to get drunk.

COLMES: And you might hit the wrong lever and wind up voting for Barack Obama, you'll be so drunk. That's what might happen.


COLMES: All right.

HANNITY: Well, what would you have take to vote for Barack Obama?

COULTER: Well, on the Web site we have the number of cocktails you need to have to vote for McCain after he makes some liberal statements.

COLMES: How many drinks do you need to vote for McCain?

COULTER: ... which you need fewer and fewer these days, by the way.

COLMES: How many drinks do you need to vote for McCain?

COULTER: Well, we do it position by position, but when B. Hussein Obama does something insane, which is also frequently, we put a glass of milk by it.

COLMES: All right. We — we've got to go.


HANNITY: Good to see you.

COULTER: That's it?

COLMES: That's it, but you were great.

COULTER: I'm so much more.

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