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Coulter Defends Romney


Mitt Romney tells people he won't fire federal workers or cut education spending. He says he'll spend more on the military. He sounds like a big-government guy. Or is he just pandering for votes?

Ann Coulter came on my TV show to defend Romney.

"What you call pandering is called getting elected," Coulter said.

Romney says he'll repeal Obamacare. Great! But he wants to keep popular parts: coverage for pre-existing conditions and keeping grown kids on their parents' policies until age 26. Those mandates are popular. But that's not insurance. That's welfare.

"If we do not repeal Obamacare in the next few years, America takes the first step into 1,000 years of darkness. ... Romney is far more free market than any recent Republican candidate, including George Bush. What Romney is talking about here is the free market."

But that's not the free market. It's a forced handout.

"If it's popular, it will be provided on the free market. There are insurance products we can't even think of, including buying insurance for your unborn children. ... The problem with health care — and the reason Romneycare was a libertarian solution for a governor to provide because the governor can't repeal all the federal government stuff — is that right now, you already have government intervention. Government pays for nearly 50 percent of all health care in America. It is already 50 percent socialist. Romney is going to roll it back, apply free-market magic, and everything you want covered is going to be covered."

But he says he will force every insurance company to cover pre-existing conditions.

"He's not saying 'force.' ... The free market will cover it. I promise you that's what he means."

Really? He does say, "Pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan." That sounds like force. A free market is voluntary. But I decided to move on.

Romney wants to increase military spending. America is going broke, and yet we still spend about as much on "defense" as all other countries combined. How can we afford this?

"For one thing, I do trust Romney to cut a lot of government — more than Ronald Reagan did.

That's why we need Romney right now as much as we needed Reagan in 1980. This is a free-market guy. He saved companies from going into bankruptcy. He saved the Olympics from going into bankruptcy. In Massachusetts — the Soviet Union — he balanced the budget and cut taxes. You need someone who'll go through the budget line by line and look at the things that can be cut."

But he says he's going to increase military spending by $2 trillion!

"With a booming economy we're going to have under Romney, we will have so much money we won't know where to spend it."

I moved on again. In one debate with Obama, Romney said, "I don't have any plan to cut education funding." He doesn't? Why not? Education is a local responsibility. The federal government wastes $100 billion every year, intruding on local schools. But Romney won't even cut that?

Coulter wouldn't defend her candidate on that point.

"But I will just say in his defense ... he said, 'We want to send that money to the parents.' He's talking about vouchers there."

My last complaint about Romney was his promise to label China a currency-manipulator, and if China doesn't respond, raise tariffs. So he wants a trade war? That would hurt everyone. And raising tariffs means Americans pay more for things.

"You're having a kneejerk reaction to the word 'tariffs.' ... That's not the issue. The issue is the intellectual (property) theft. ... Every libertarian I know is very concerned about intellectual theft."

Well, some libertarians don't think that's theft, but that's another story. Romney mostly talks about the Chinese currency, not intellectual property, and yet currency manipulation is something our Federal Reserve has been known to do. If China devalues its currency, Chinese people suffer, but we Americans get to buy cheaper products. We win!

Coulter dodged my argument. "If we continue for five more seconds on currency manipulation," Coulter said, "I'm going to need a bottle of NoDoz."

John Stossel is host of "Stossel" on the Fox Business Network. He's the author of "No They Can't: Why Government Fails, but Individuals Succeed." To find out more about John Stossel, visit his site at <a href="" <>></a>. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at




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Ann Coulter, like Rush Limbaugh, is a republican shrill. I use to respect her but the more she talks, the more nonsensical she becomes. Romney is just a big government, crony capitalist. The choices in this election are most unpalatable.
Comment: #1
Posted by: Miguel_DAnconia
Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:16 AM
Libertarians seem to have a broad view of IP but I'm with Jeffrey Tucker here (I think you had him on recently, John -- from LFB.) Intellectual Property tends to stagnate innovation.. While I am not opposed to patents for projects that require a large amount of capital to begin with, I think for the most part, patents & copyrights have a negative impact on economic innovation and the free market.

Coulter isn't winning me over with the IP argument, considering everything she's said about Romney in this interview is opinion based on blind-faith insofar as having the belief that he would do the opposite of everything else he's done in his political career.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Michael Volante
Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:21 PM
Congatulations John! You've finally found the proper role for neocons such a Ann Coulter to play on your TV show. That of the "foil". I have always been uncomfortable with your use of such Fox personalities to support the libertarian perspective. It just doesn't work; these folks are just too inconsistent to lend any credence to your POV. But bring them on in support of the Republican idealogue of the hour and they look every bit as ridiculous as someone like Ellis Henican trying to make the case for Barrack Obama! Makes either one an easy target!
Comment: #3
Posted by: Ron Paris
Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:58 AM
Re: Miguel_DAnconia, I think you meant "shill" but that's a minor typo. Coulter, like Limbaugh, could simply be supporting the closest thing to a true conservative available as a viable candidate. On the other hand, we have a multitude of "shills" for Obama and the Democrats. People who are extreme Leftists who are disappointed in Obama yet still support him. Among these are Sean Penn, Arianna Huffington, George Soros, any number of Hollywood celebrities, The Washington Post editorial board, the NY Times editorial board, Chris Matthews, and many, many more. I wonder, do you post comments denouncing these "shills?"

John's show is his. He can invite any guests he wishes. Most of his shows have been quite good and informative.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Douglas4517
Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:35 AM
Ann Coulter fibbed to help Romney.
John Stossel sniffed. He smelled big gov.
Coulter has books to sell, so she,
'Twixt and 'tween giggles, professed love
For all the conservative stuff,
Romney has promised he will do.
It's getting elected that's tough,
So Romney must tell tales not true.
But in Prez Romney we should trust,
He'll lead us into a land right,
Romney boom from Obama bust,
A relit Reagan burning bright.

Popping the NoDoz helps no more.
Ann Coulter is just such a bore.
Comment: #5
Posted by: Ima Ryma
Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:51 PM
I agree heartily
With all of the above, but
Would like to say here today
Coulter's just a nut

Comment: #6
Posted by: Tom
Fri Nov 2, 2012 11:44 AM
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