Today on The Laura Ingraham Show, Laura Ingraham spoke to conservative commentator, columnist and best-selling author Ann Coulter. In discussing Governor Mitt Romney’s loss to President Obama, Coulter stood by Mitt Romney and declared his defeat as a sign that the conservative movement is all but over. Laura, however, said Romney was a weak candidate, and that America still longs for conservative leadership.
Coulter began by defending Romney’s campaign strategy, saying @(0:52): “Romney ran… a magnificent campaign. I think he was the perfect candidate.” She continued, saying @(1:44) “[His campaign] was better than Ronald Reagan’s.”
Laura took issue with Coulter’s statement, saying @(3:28): “I can’t imagine that you, having seen the Ronald Reagan apparatus and Ronald Reagan’s booming and persuasive oratory, would say that Mitt Romney’s speeches were in any way Reaganesque or approaching them.”
Coulter was pessimistic about the future of conservatism, saying @(2:30): “People are suffering. The country is in disarray. If Mitt Romney cannot win in this economy, then the tipping point has been reached. We have more takers than makers and it’s over. There is no hope.”
Laura countered Coulter’s comments, saying @(5:23): “The idea of fighting for the country just ends because we have a candidate who was a one-term governor from Massachusetts who couldn’t pull it together and lost by a couple of percentage points? I just reject that.”
Laura continued, remarking @(6:10), “Conservatives have to have an articulate, smart, movement-type person at the helm… leaders convince and win people over and reset the agenda.”
Coulter concluded @(10:53): “Mitt Romney was the president we needed right now, and it is so sad that we are going to be deprived of…his kindness for being able to push conservative ideas on a country that is no longer interested in conservative ideas. It is interested in hand-outs.”
Laura chastised Coulter, saying @(11:26): “I think you’re going through a demoralized period, and I’m demoralized too. But I think that is B.S. I think the country is craving leadership.”