President Obama the Campaigner-in-Chief?
This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," November 29, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: In the aftermath of the Super Committee's failure to reach an agreement on debt reduction, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is blaming President Obama and blasting him for his failure to do more help.
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GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE, R-N.J.: I was angry this weekend listening to the spin coming out of the administration, about the failure of the Super Committee. And that the president knew it was doomed for failure, so he didn't get involved. Then what the hell are we paying you for? It's doomed for failure, so I'm not getting involved? Well, what have you been doing exactly?
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HANNITY: Now, I'll tell you exactly what he's been doing while Washington is falling apart. Our campaigner in chief is busy focusing on one thing, and that's getting re-elected. Now, according to a Wall Street Journal study, "The Anointed One" has attended 54 events in 11 battleground states over the past 42 days. And the top it off, well, he's using your taxpayer money to do all this.
Now, the White House of course rejects these claims. They are arguing that the president has a responsibility to, quote, "Go out and meet with Americans, the people, the folks."
Joining me now with reaction, columnist, author, New York Times best- seller, "Demonic" is her latest book, Ann Coulter.
ANN COULTER, AUTHOR, "DEMONIC": Hello.
HANNITY: Are you going to curse on this program?
COULTER: I didn't curse. And by the way, I was defending your friend Newt Gingrich, they were accusing him of flip-flopping as they say about Romney, and I just said that I don't think consistency is the most important thing and McCain was consistently, and I didn't say the word you thought I said. I said, well, I guess I'll get bleeped but it's on Twitter.
HANNITY: Stop. We don't need to edit. We got a plane to catch later.
COULTER: I thought it was a perfectly polite term.
HANNITY: All right.
COULTER: If you can't say that on TV, then I don't know how you're going to be able to run our 2012 campaign slogan against Obama which is going to be what Mark Halperin said about him.
HANNITY: We got a lot to talk about. Chris Christie. "What the hell"--
HANNITY: You love Chris Christie.
COULTER: Wasn't that great?
HANNITY: You finally gave him his breathalyzer, inhaler back.
HANNITY: All right. So, you made up with him.
COULTER: But he's doing a terrific job. This is a fantastic point he's making. I mean, from the beginning of this administration, I mean, even with his Obama signature legislation, Obamacare, remember he just like turns it over to Congress so he can't get blamed for anything. When the people don't like it, well, I didn't like what Congress did and now he's blaming the Super Committee.
HANNITY: He didn't want them to succeed.
COULTER: No, he clearly did not, nor did the Democrats. And unfortunately, most Americans don't know because they don't follow what is happening. The Republicans kept making offer after offer, compromise after compromise.
HANNITY: Bad ones.
COULTER: Bad ones. I agree, but still they were bending. We only have one-half of one branch of government. They were bending, they were trying to get something through and it was the Democrats who did not want this to succeed so that they can blame Republican obstructionism.
HANNITY: All right. Let me -- what do you think about -- you are anybody but Obama, right?
COULTER: Yes, oh yes. I love all of our candidates.
HANNITY: Well, this is what I want to hear from you.
COULTER: I was struck, I mean, every time I see those debates. I like everyone on that stage.
HANNITY: Me too.
COULTER: Better than the man we ran last time. They are all good candidates. And one interesting thing about the Republican Party is, there really are no Rockefeller Republicans anymore. You look back at who Rockefeller was and what he stood for. I mean, to some extent McCain was, but you may complain about flip flopping as long as they were flopping into the conservative camp, I don't think we have much to complain about it. You have to say that to run and win as a Republican. Conservatism...
HANNITY: In Massachusetts.
COULTER: No, in America.
HANNITY: In America, OK.
COULTER: In America, conservatism is popular and I think all of our Republicans these days, other than the one we run last time, are smart enough to understand that. And I mean, I think the idea that any of them would get in and double cross us, frankly any of them, is insane and I really wish you would ask me about the allegations of Herman Cain.
HANNITY: Why don't you just ask your own questions and answer them because I was going to ask you about Herman Cain.
COULTER: Thank you for asking.
HANNITY: Let me say this. Because the Politico wrote a story today saying, conservatives are turning on him. I made a political observation and I said, all of this, all of these allegations have hurt Herman Cain in as much as they have sown the seeds of doubt. That doesn't mean I believe them. I don't believe them.
COULTER: I absolutely don't believe them but I think both you and I were going on TV last night as the story was breaking and we were hearing that statement from Herman Cain's lawyer. And I hear he's a fantastic lawyer.
HANNITY: The lawyer is brilliant, I know him.
COULTER: Yes. And still, he is looking at this case as a lawyer examining it. Is there any cause of action here? And he made what sounded like an admission to all of us. We are talking about a private consensual affair here. Well, then I get home that night from taping "Red Eye" and Herman Cain is on TV saying, absolutely there was no affair, no sex. She was a friend of mine. I can't imagine what she's claiming her proof is. I find out what the proof is, she has a signed book from Herman Cain, something like, "Friendship is the most important thing in life. Everything else is a bonus." If that is evidence of a 13-year affair I have had about a million 13-year affairs. And we find out that she's got the full combo platter, bankruptcy, a sexual harassment suit in the past, she hasn't paid rent year, this year she lost a judgment against her for defamation and stalking. She's an unemployed single mother. You have the whole combo platter of an unbelievable witness.
Now I don't think Herman Cain is going to be our nominee but he's a magnificent man, he's a great man. He deserves to be defended and the media deserves to be attacked for this and he should have a prominent speaking position at our convention.
HANNITY: This is a shame though. He has brought energy, he has brought ideas, charisma and a cheer. Every time I've been in the room with him -- this is why I've always doubted these allegations -- I've watched him. I've been on stage with him. I've interviewed him. I've known him for over a decade. What they're describing is not the person that I have seen in person with women.
HANNITY: And it is just not the guy that I see. I don't believe it.
COULTER: Not only that, not only was it totally believable with Bill Clinton, but again this woman is claiming a 13-year affair. There's evidence of a one-night stand. This woman doesn't even have a semen- stained dress. She's got an inscribed book from him --
HANNITY: It sound like a semen-stained dress is something that is often --
COULTER: Well, with the Democrats it is. And again, I've said this before, but it needs to be said again, this is because the Democrats only defense of Obama, who has wrecked the economy and people are going to vote against, is to say you are only voting against him because he's black. They have got to destroy Herman Cain. It is more of the same, zero plus zero plus zero is still zero. He deserves our absolute defense.
HANNITY: Thank you for not cursing.
COULTER: I did not curse this morning. I used a perfectly appropriate word. If you can't say that, I don't know how you're supposed to describe John McCain.
HANNITY: Good to see you.
COULTER: Good to see you.
HANNITY: And by the way, we're not going to talk at all about your boyfriend. I had to get it in.
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