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Ann Coulter Says Marco Rubio as VP Pick Would Be a ‘Mistake’

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While pundits, politicians and prognosticators have tapped Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as one of the most likely GOP vice presidential picks, conservative commentator Ann Coulter warned today that such a choice would be a “mistake.”

“I think that would be a mistake because the same people who loved Rubio loved [former presidential candidate and Texas Gov.] Rick Perry,” Coulter said on “This Week” on Sunday. “I want someone who’s been a bit more tested.”

As the rising star of the Tea Party and a Hispanic from the delegate-rich state of Florida, Rubio would fix Romney’s two biggest problems: enthusiasm among the Republican base and lackluster support from Hispanics, argued conservative commentator George Will.

But Coulter, who is a firm Mitt Romney supporter, said the GOP frontrunner needs a running mate who is tried and tested, which, as a first-term Senator, Rubio is not.

Coulter suggested Romney pick someone like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.

“He’s been tested, he’s steady, he’s not frightening,” Coulter said of Kyl. “He could certainly step into the job.”

Van Jones, a former environmental advisor in the Obama White House, threw a brand new name into the realm of vice presidential speculation: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who served under George W. Bush.

“She ticks off a lot of boxes as far as women, persons of color, but she’s actually tested, she’s a national figure and she has foreign policy experience” Jones said. “You want to do something bold, put Condoleezza Rice on the ticket and watch the Obama campaign go crazy.”

A “bold choice,” argued New York Times columnist Matt Bai, is not what Romney should be looking for when going up against an incumbent president at “a time of anxiety” in the country.  Instead he needs someone “reliable,” Bai said.

But despite all the pondering and prediction-making, Will said at the end of the day the vice presidential pick won’t actually make much of a difference when voters go to the polls on Nov. 6.

“I’ve never met an American who said I voted for presidential candidate A because of running mate B,” Will said.

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Ann Coulter: ‘This is Chris Christie's Year’

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen(NEW YORK) -- Conservative commentator and author Ann Coulter is a big fan of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – so much so, she joked on ABC’s Top Line, that if Christie doesn’t run for president, “I’m his sworn enemy for life.”

If Christie doesn’t run, it’s a “foregone conclusion” that the current GOP frontrunner, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, will win the nomination in 2012, Coulter said.

“I think this is Chris Christie's year. And if Chris Christie doesn't run, I think no matter how much we talk about the other candidates -- and perhaps I will be as wrong as many other predictions are these days -- but I just think it's going to be Mitt Romney. And it's more fun to talk about a horse race, so we pretend that we don't all know that,” Coulter said.

“I tend to think it's a foregone conclusion, and that isn't a statement of preference necessarily. Unless a total star like Chris Christie jumps in, Republican primary voters, historically, have gone into the voting booth and voted for anyone whose name they've heard before. Sometimes that works out.”

Coulter said Christie, R-N.J., is the brightest star on a “farm team” of “stunning Republican talent” that she said includes Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Rep. Alan West, R-Fla.

Coulter tweaked former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty for attacking Romney’s health care plan only after being criticized for three days for not having done so at Monday’s GOP debate.

“You probably shouldn't bother with coming back three days later,” Coulter said. “I thought he was fine during the debate. I think a lot of people in the media didn't like the Republican debate, because there wasn't much infighting. They were keeping their fire focused on President Obama. As a Republican, I liked that.”

“But yeah, three days later, I'm not sure. I don't know -- maybe that's what they always do. It seems kind of rude to attack someone to his face.”

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