Politics

Coulter: Perry won’t live up to expectations, Romney can beat Obama

On the eve of Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s announcement that he will be a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Ann Coulter continues to push for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to enter the competition.

On Sean Hannity’s Friday radio show, Coulter, author of “Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America,” made a prediction on how she thought things would shake out. But, she remains optimistic on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s chances against President Barack Obama should Romney be the Republican nominee.

“This is a prediction for the future — that Republican primary voters are desperate, as they should be to have a decent Republican candidate,” Coulter said. “No more John McCains because we have to take out this guy Obama.”

Coulter continued, “Right now by far and away, no matter what the media tells you listeners — Romney is the odds on favorite and he’s a pretty good candidate. I did not think he could win a year ago. But now, I think Obama has such a glass jaw and Romney has done very well. I think Romney could actually beat Obama.”

Coulter, however, warned that RomneyCare and Mormonism would haunt the former Massachusetts governor in his campaign.

“But still we’re uncomfortable because of RomneyCare, we’re worried he’s going to lose votes because he’s a Mormon and oh boy, you notice the media has said nothing about Mormonism now,” Coulter said. “As soon as he’s the nominee, we’re going to have one exposé after another. They’re going to be portrayed as crazier than the Scientologists.”

But, Hannity added that by injecting Mormonism into a general election against Obama, it would make Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s indiscretions fair game once again — something that would seem to work in favor of a Romney Republican presidential candidacy.

As for Perry, Coulter later said she anticipates a disappointment that will lead a push for Christie to join the race.

“You’ll see Rick Perry,” Coulter said. “He won’t live up to expectations and the American people will throw themselves into the arms of Chris Christie. That’s my scenario.”