On Monday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File,” conservative commentator Ann Coulter, author of the forthcoming book “Adios, America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole,” offered her thoughts on the 2016 race for the presidency.
She touted the candidacies of Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), but downplayed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for his previous positions on immigration reform and suggested his candidacy was to better position himself as a vice presidential candidate.
Partial transcript as follows:
KELLY: Whose position — I know that immigration is obviously a huge issue for you. Whose position could you get behind? Which of these Republican candidates so far do you like?
COULTER: I guess Walker and Cruz. Cruz, again, is only a senator but as a senator he didn’t spend his full three years pushing Chuck Schumer’s amnesty bill. And now people who say that Rubio gives a good speech will say, ‘Well, yes, but he’s against it now.’ Well OK, but that’s the only thing he’s ever done.
KELLY: But do you not — if he can win, do you prefer him to Hillary Clinton? Because he’s now reversed himself on immigration reform. He’s now more in line with the, you know, other Republicans who say, got to secure the border first even though that wasn’t his position before. So, I mean, I have to imagine somebody like you would prefer Marco Rubio to Hillary Clinton. Could you ever get behind him?
COULTER: Well, I think the only person I would not prefer to Hillary Clinton is Barack Obama. So that’s out of the way. Yeah, I suppose so. I don’t think I’m going to be knocking myself out.
KELLY: There you go, Marco Rubio, good news for you tonight from Ann Coulter.
COULTER: I think he’s running for a vice presidential slot. This can’t be serious.
KELLY: Carly Fiorina, too?
COULTER: Good question. But I think you ought to be having a vice president who performs the job the vice president does, step in and be president. And at least with Ted Cruz – he didn’t spend three years pushing amnesty. He went to Harvard. clerked for Justice Rehnquist.
KELLY: Barack Obama went to Harvard, too. Hillary went to Yale.
COULTER: Yes, but he got in on affirmative [action].
KELLY: OK. I’ll leave it with that.
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