Conservative pundit Ann Coulter appeared on Fox News' "Hannity" last night, where she discussed her take on the Republican presidential field. In addition to delving into Obamacare and her unabashed endorsement of Mitt Romney, Coulter spent a fair amount of time railing against Newt Gingrich, calling him one of the least conservative GOP candidates competing for the ticket.
As the interview commenced, Coulter wasted no time defending her faith in Romney, proclaiming, "The two most conservative candidates who are still standing now are Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney."
While the pundit likes Bachmann, she says that, by no fault of her own, the congresswoman has a resemblance to Sarah Palin. This, she contends, may be hurting her image. With that in mind, Coulter is holding Romney up as the most likely candidate to pull off an Obama defeat.
During the exchange, Hannity took some time to call Coulter out on a February 2011 prediction she made at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). During a question and answer period, a woman asked Coulter for her take on the 2012 presidential election. Her response? "If we don't run Chris Christie, Romney will be the nominee and we'll lose." Coulter, of course, later endorsed the very man she said would lose to Obama.
Christie officially announced that he isn't running back in October, but he subsequently endorsed Mitt Romney. Hannity challenged Coulter on her change of heart, which she explained by highlighting recent developments in the political landscape. Watch Coulter's CPAC comments, below:
As the discussion continued, it took an abrupt turn to the conservative credentials of both Ron Paul and Gingrich. "I have a problem with Ron Paul's foreign policy. And some of his writings that went on for a decade," Hannity said.
Coulter, seeing an opening, decided to dive into her negative assessment of Gingrich, while comparing his purported lack of conservative ideals to Paul's. "I have a problem with Newt Gingrich's big government conservatism," she said. "I think of the candidates on the stage, Newt Gingrich is tied with Ron Paul -- and only Ron Paul because of his foreign policy -- as the least conservative candidate on the stage."
"The question is how do we beat Obama. I think we beat Obama with the most conservative candidate and with the one who has been elected in a very liberal state," Coulter later said, reiterating her support for Romney.
Watch Coulter's appearance on "Hannity," below:
Coulter isn't the first major media figure to cast doubts on Gingrich's conservatism. Glenn Beck, among others, has voiced concerns over his "progressive" past. In fact, even MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Chris Matthews have been baffled by the conservative support for Gingrich.
One man has even started a website called Thecaseagainstnewt.com "dedicated to warning conservatives that if Newt Gingrich is the Republican presidential nominee, that President Obama is virtually guaranteed to be reelected."