Republicans must stop "turning our guns inward" and focus first on gaining a Senate majority, conservative writer and political commentator Ann Coulter said Monday.
"Think how differently this shutdown would have looked if we had a [Senate] majority," Coulter, author of "Never Trust A Liberal Over 3 – Especially a Republican,"
told "The Steve Malzberg Show."
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"We should not be wasting our time pointing our guns inward — whether we're pointing them at RINOs [Republican In Name Only] or we're pointing them at tea partiers. We have important Senate elections coming up where Republicans can flip a Democrat seat to a Republican seat — Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor in Arkansas, Jay Rockefeller is resigning in West Virginia, Mark Begich in Alaska," Coulter said.
"… We should be able to pick up seats there and I want Republicans, conservatives, tea partiers, dedicating their time, money and energy to winning Republican seats in the Senate," she said.
Coulter also decried "endlessly long primaries with people who are never going to be the nominee" of the GOP for president.
"We have to face it: It's never going to be a member of Congress, it's never going to be an inspiration leader, it's never going to be a businessman," she said. "I've learned my lesson and we really need to send in a strong candidate to beat Hillary or Joe Biden or whoever it is … please do not consider anyone other than a governor, a Republican governor or senator from a state that's at least in the top 50 percent in terms of population."
Coulter mentioned as possible picks from prominent governors "Rick Snyder of Michigan, Rick Scott of Florida, possibly Scott Walker of Wisconsin," and among senators, "obviously, Ted Cruz [of Texas], Mike Lee [of Utah]" and "Ron Johnson of Wisconsin."
Coulter repeated her change of heart for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, saying it was his support of amnesty for illegal immigrants
that turned her against him.
"Amnesty means Democrats get another 30 million votes," she said. "Presidential elections are usually decided by 3 or 4 million votes … [Christie] is bright and charismatic and he is a popular governor of a big blue state."
Another former favorite — Democrat Cory Booker, who just won a special election for a Senate seat from the state — will have to prove himself as the tough-minded official he's claimed himself to be, she added.
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