Coulter: Minnesota Senate race 'being openly stolen'
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Monday December 15, 2008

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Right-wing pundit Ann Coulter told the hosts of Fox & Friends on Monday that the Minnesota Senatorial race, in which an ongoing recount has Democrat Al Franken gaining ground against Republican incumbent Norm Coleman, "is being openly stolen in front of our eyes."

Coulter was reported in late November to have broken her jaw and had it wired shut, leading her to reschedule a December 3 speaking engagement. However, she appeared to be back in fighting form on Monday.

"Coleman won and the election is going to be stolen out from under him unless the media focuses on this," Coulter insisted. "Democrats can't get these things through when people are paying attention, but nobody's really paying attention. You've got the Republican governor up in Minnesota saying, 'No, it's fine, Coleman won.'"

As of Sunday, an unofficial count showed Coleman still ahead by 192 votes, but the Franken campaign was expressing confidence that it would pick up a few hundred votes from ballots that are currently under challenge and take the lead.

This situation reminded Coulter of the 2004 Washington State recount, in which the Democratic candidate for governor came from behind to be declared the victor after multiple recounts and legal challenges.

"Democratic areas kept producing ballots, discovering ballots," Coulter charged. "That is exactly what is happening right now in Minnesota. ... It is being openly stolen in front of our eyes, and you've got Republicans out there saying, 'Oh, no, don't be worried.'"

Coulter was also asked what she thought of the incident in Iraq on Sunday where an angry Iraqi cameraman hurled his shoes at President Bush. Her immediate reaction was to compare it to the time in 2004 when an audience member threw a pie at her during a college speech. "Liberalism and terrorism," Coulter suggested, "different stages of the same disease."

This video is from Fox's Fox & Friends, broadcast Dec. 15, 2008.

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