Huckabee gets even with Ann Coulter, rattling off her insults and lies
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Monday January 12, 2009

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Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee gave conservative pundit Ann Coulter a warm welcome when she appeared on his Fox News show on Saturday, but it didn't take long for the knives to come out.

After confronting Coulter with a series of her insults and lies about him during last winter's primaries, Huckabee proclaimed, "This is my 'get even' moment with you, Ann. I've been waiting for this for a long, stinking time."

Huckabee began by playing clips of some of Coulter's statements. "He's a stupid Christian, he's easily led," she said of Huckabee in December 2007. In another clip, she complained, "I don't think he's very bright. That's why they like him. He's their version of an evangelical. They'd like him better if he still weighed 600 pounds. That would be perfect."

As the audience gasped in shock, Huckabee went on to charge Coulter with saying a variety of things about him and his positions that weren't true.

"You said I was stupid," Huckabee went on. "Do you think I'm stupid? Look at me in the face, Ann. Tell me."

"No, you are not," Coulter acknowledged. "A little more conservative and you would have had my vote."

"I'm going to ask you to read my book," Huckabee replied. "I'm pro-life, I'm very pro-Second Amendment, I am not -- as you characterized me in one article -- pro-gay, pro-sodomy. That is so not me."

"Yes!" exploded Coulter. "There was a Supreme Court decision you said you agreed or disagreed with. Yes! I got you on that, Mike Huckabee."

"No, you didn't," Huckabee replied. "I am definitely not pro-sodomy. I promise, Scout's honor. There are many things I may be, but that is not one of them."

In a December 19, 2007 column, Coulter wrote about "secular liberals swooning over Huckabee ... because he fits their image of what an evangelical should be: stupid and easily led."

She illustrated this point with a remark Huckabee made on his radio show in 2003, agreeing with a caller that a Supreme Court decision the previous week striking down an anti-sodomy law as unconstitutional "'probably was appropriate' ... because a law 'that prohibited private behavior among adults' would be difficult to enforce."

"Go after the liberals," Huckabee urged. "That's your target. I'm not one of them."

"I am the enforcer," Coulter proclaimed defiantly. "I keep Republicans staying on the straight and narrow by viciously attacking them."

"You didn't have to keep me. I was already there," Huckabee retorted.

The audience finally started booing Coulter as she insisted again that "I was right about the sodomy decision. ... You were being pushed into it by the liberal media."

This video is from Fox's Huckabee, broadcast Jan. 10, 2009.

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