This week, we asked Ann Coulter, author of Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama and occasional "This Week" roundtable guest, about tonight's vice presidential debate, if she thinks Gov. Chris Christie would have made a better candidate for president than Mitt Romney and if she has any regrets about the controversial things she has said in the past.
1) You have a reputation for saying very provocative things. The morning after the first presidential debate, you said "You could see, at the end of that debate, he knew that, you know - anniversary or not - Michelle wanted to go home with Mitt."
Can you think of any comments you have made on TV or on the radio that you now regret saying in hindsight?
2) You are a fan of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Do you think he would have stood a better chance against President Obama than Mitt Romney in the general election?
Coulter: No. My flirtation with Christie was like running off with a biker. He was new and exciting - and made conservatives feel alive. But I came back to the responsible choice. Romney is the absolute best man to run against a dirty street fighter like Obama, whose usual campaign strategy is to force his opponents to default by unearthing sealed divorce records, as detailed in my third-to-last smash bestseller, "Guilty: Liberal Victims and Their Assault on America." Romney is such a straight-arrow, his Secret Service code name is "Paul Ryan." The Bain Capital, turn-around guy is also exactly what the nation needs right now to reform our massively dysfunctional federal government. The biker can run in 2020.
3) How do you come up with the titles to your books? Do you think they are hyperbolic? If so, is that intentional?
Coulter: I try to make them catchy. No. Not applicable, though, for the record, I think it's impossible to be unintentionally hyperbolic.
4) What do you make of Jack Welch's suggestion on Twitter that the Obama administration manipulated the September unemployment numbers for political purposes?
Coulter: Everyone is skeptical! Only the media are not skeptical, but, then, they were also not skeptical when the administration put out the line that coordinated embassy attacks around the globe on the anniversary of 9/11 were just rowdy movie reviews. Numbers on a TV screen won't prevent millions of Americans from noticing that they're unemployed.
5) Tell us something about yourself that you think people might find surprising.
Coulter: It would be surprising to liberals, but not conservatives, that I was part of the legal team that defended black men falsely accused of rape under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in the 1990s. My law firm, the Center for Individual Rights, argued that this feminist lunacy was unconstitutional essentially because violence against women was not analogous to Ku Klux Klan lynchings and official state discrimination by Democrats in many parts of the country. The Supreme Court agreed in US v. Morrison (2000) and our innocent black clients were vindicated. I discuss VAWA in the chapter about feminists, gays and others commandeering the civil rights movement for their own purposes ("Liberalism Is The New Black") in my just-released bestseller, "Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama."
6) You are known as a conservative firebrand. Do you have any left-leaning or liberal positions?
Coulter: All of them - after they succeed, all conservative ideas get re-branded as "liberal"! To wit: civil rights, welfare reform, Giuliani's crime policies and Romney's debate performance.
7) How do you think Rep. Paul Ryan will do against Vice President Joe Biden when they debate?
Coulter: He'll be great. I'm just hoping Biden brings back his Neil Kinnock imitation.
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