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Friday, August 12th, 2011

Newt Gingrich: Gotcha Question
Sean was joined by former Speaker Newt Gingrich to discuss the “moment” he had in last night’s debate where he fought with Fox News interviewer Chris Wallace over questions he coined as "gotcha questions". Wallace, interviewing Gingrich on why he's had so many staff turnovers, seemed to put the former House Speaker on edge. “There’s always a certain amount of turmoil in campaigns but the media is always more willing to report on people than policies because it’s easier,” explained Gingrich, “The reason I’m running is because I want to see if you can run a campaign that’s positive and one that develops a whole new generate of policies.” Hannity responded, “What I saw out of you was genuine outrage and indignation at the condition of the country.” To see the remarks that set this controversy in motion along with a special post-debate interview with Speaker Gingrich, click here or visit

Ann Coulter: That Was Not A Gotcha Question
was joined by always controversial author Ann Coulter to get her thoughts on last night’s debate. “The debate was a lot of fun,” laughed Coulter, “I tend to think that all that matters is how Mitt Romney did and I think he was very good last night.” Coulter continued on the Gingrich debate, “Asking why your campaign has imploded is not a gotcha question.” Hannity, offering Gingrich a small defense said, “There are questions about the minutia of campaigns while our country is collapsing so I think that was just the culmination of the frustration of having to deal with a liberal media every day.

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
“There’s a lot of fallout from the debate,” began Hannity, “The question from Byron York where he asked you whether you’d be submissive to your husband was really controversial.” “If I can say wonderful things about my husband then that’s a good evening,” laughed off Bachmann, “We have a mutual respect for each other.” For more on this issue, check out this article from ABC News.

Show Guests

Michele Bachmann

Michele Marie Amble Bachmann (born April 6, 1956) is the United States Representative of Minnesota's 6th congressional district and member of the Republican Party . She is the third woman and first Republican woman to represent Minnesota in Congress. She defeated her Democratic challenger, Elwyn Tinklenberg , in the 2008 election in a race that had gained national attention following her controversial televised call for the media to investigate members of Congress for perceived anti-American bias, including Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama . The 6th congressional district includes the northern far suburbs of the Twin Cities along with St. Cloud . She won 50 percent of the votes in the 2006 election , defeating Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidate Patty Wetterling and the Independence Party 's John Binkowski . Bachmann served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2001 to 2007.

Newt Gingrich

Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich (born Newton Leroy McPherson ; June 17, 1943) is an American politician who served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. In 1995, Time magazine selected him as the Person of the Year for his role in leading the Republican Revolution in the House, ending 40 years of the Democratic Party being in the majority. During his tenure as Speaker, he represented the public face of the Republican opposition to Bill Clinton . A college history professor, political leader, and author, Gingrich twice ran unsuccessfully for the House before winning a seat in the election of November 1978. He was re-elected 10 times, and his activism as a member of the House's Republican minority eventually enabled him to succeed Dick Cheney as House Minority Whip in 1989. As a co-author of the 1994 Contract with America , Gingrich was in the forefront of the Republican Party's dramatic success in that... More >

Ann Coulter

Ann Hart Coulter (born December 8, 1961) is an American social and political commentator , best-selling author , and syndicated columnist . She frequently appears on television, radio, and as a speaker at public and private events. Well-known for her conservative political opinions and the controversial ways in which she defends them, Coulter has described herself as a polemicist who likes to "stir up the pot" and, unlike "broadcasters," does not "pretend to be impartial or balanced."