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FOX News Channel "Fox And Friends"-Transcript

MR. DOOCY: Joining us right now live from Iowa is former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate mitt Romney, who as you can see is standing in front of the Mitt-Mobile.

Good morning to you, sir.

MR. ROMNEY: Good morning, Steve. How are you?

MR. DOOCY: I'm doing fine, thank you very much.

Hey, congratulations. You know, a couple of weeks ago we were talking about how Barack Obama had the Obama girls on the Internet. Now, sir, you have got the Romney girls. Your reaction to this?

MR. ROMNEY: Oh. Well, I've got to get Ann to stop wearing those hot pants. It's a real problem.

MS. CARLSON: (Laughs.)

MR. DOOCY: (Laughs.) Ann, of course, your wife, who's going to be joining us in a couple of minutes.

But apparently the same people who put together the Obama girls have put together a salute to you. Congratulations.

MR. ROMNEY: (Laughs.) Hey, I can't wait to see it. I've heard about it, but I'm looking forward to seeing it.

MR. DOOCY: Yeah, I was hoping we'd see it, too. We'll have it a little later on.

MS. CARLSON: But Governor, isn't this exactly the demographic? I mean, I know you're looking for any vote, but isn't this the right demographic? And you don't have to spend a dime.

MR. ROMNEY: (Laughs.) That's exactly right. Hey, there's nothing like getting a good spot on YouTube. So I hope more of those keep popping up.

MR. DOOCY: Right. Okay.

Let's talk a little bit about something that's in the morning papers today, Governor. You took a shot at Rudy Giuliani talking about how when Rudy was the mayor of New York City, New York City was a sanctuary city where, you know, the law enforcement looked the other way with illegals.

MR. ROMNEY: Well, you know, when I was governor we took real steps to make sure that people who were illegal aliens realized that we weren't trying to draw them to our state, and as a matter of fact we wanted them to stay home. So we -- I vetoed a bill that would have given a tuition break to illegals. I said no to driver's licenses to illegals. I even deputized the state police to enforce our federal immigration laws.

But at the same time, New York City was a sanctuary city. The mayor said, "Look, if you happen to be illegal, we want you in New York City." That's exactly the wrong kind of message to send in my view. And I think we ought to cut off some funding -- federal funding to cities that call themselves sanctuary cities, that welcome people into their cities who are illegal and who provide benefits to individuals -- other than, of course, emergency health care and education.

But we don't want to have sanctuary cities calling on people to come to this country illegally. That's why we have 12 million illegal people in this country.

MR. DOOCY: Right.

MS. CARLSON: Well, Governor, I want to ask you a follow-up question to that. And then as you mentioned, your wife, Ann, is going to be joining us as well. Will you stick around for the other side of the break when we come back?

MR. ROMNEY: Absolutely.

MS. CARLSON: All right. We'll see you in just a few.

(Announcements.)

MS. CARLSON: And we're back with former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and this time with his wife, Ann, as well, who's also been on our show.

Good morning to both of you again.

MR. ROMNEY: Thank you. Good morning.

MS. ROMNEY: Good morning.

MS. CARLSON: All right, Governor, I have to follow up on Steve's question about attacking Rudy Giuliani's stance on immigration. Is this when you finally have to take off the gloves? Is this the time? Because even though a lot of people say, "That Mitt Romney looks so presidential," you remain pretty much the same in the national polls. Time to take off the gloves now?

MR. ROMNEY: No, I don't think so. There are some differences on issues and I'm happy to talk about places where we have a differing view.

And I think with regards to illegal immigration, we ought to make it very clear that people should follow the law. We need to secure the border, have an employment verification system, and allow those that have come here illegally to get in line with everybody else -- no special pathway. But I disagree with the idea of sanctuary cities saying, "Hey, if you come to our city, we won't enforce the law." That's a mistake in my view.

But Mayor Giuliani is a great friend. He's a terrific individual. He'd be a great leader of our country. I don't have problems with him; I just have a disagreement with him on the issue of immigration policy.

MR. DOOCY: Ann, let me ask you this: There you are in front of the Mitt-Mobile. Who drives it, you or him?

MS. ROMNEY: (Laughs.) Oh, I don't think you want either one of us in the wheel. Our son mostly drives that.

MR. DOOCY: Oh, good.

MS. ROMNEY: It's mostly our son Josh.

MR. DOOCY: You mention your son -- I know your kids are involved in the campaign as well. How much -- you know, we watch as the candidates fan out across the country. How much of a toll does it take on a family and take on you personally, Ann, because we know that you've got MS?

MS. ROMNEY: Yeah. Well, you know, I've got these five boys supporting me. I've got my husband supporting me. I'm having to deal with trying to manage a disease. But you know, we can handle it all. And I have learned -- I have learned to control how much work I do and how late I stay up and how much I'll stay on the road with this guy.

I can't keep up with him. I will tell you that right now. But even before I had MS, I couldn't keep up with him. But I can do a few days with him and then even if I'm not speaking or doing anything, I come to the end of the day and I just collapse in bed and I'm like, "I don't know how you do this every day." I really don't know how he does it every day. It's crazy.

MS. CARLSON: Well, Ann, I don't know if you heard your husband earlier, but he's saying that you've got to put on some hot pants to compete with some of these Internet videos that are out there.

MS. ROMNEY: I heard about that.

MS. CARLSON: Did you hear that?

MS. ROMNEY: Yeah, I heard about that.

MR. DOOCY: (Laughs.)

MS. CARLSON: You might want to have a private conversation with him about that.

MS. ROMNEY: Maybe I -- we have to talk about that.

MR. ROMNEY: Yeah, I guess it's in my dreams, right.

MS. ROMNEY: Not in his wildest dreams.

MR. DOOCY: (Laughs.) Stop it.

MS. CARLSON: (Laughs.) That's a good response, Governor.

MR. DOOCY: And in fact screen-left right now we're showing the Romney girls, which is a take-off on the Obama girls. And Governor, these triplets are supporters of yours.

MS. ROMNEY: (Laughs.) You know, I --

MR. DOOCY: Yes, Ann?

MS. ROMNEY: I think we have to have some fun. It's good to have some good fun. You have to have some fun on the campaign trail.

MS. CARLSON: Oh, I can't imagine. You would absolutely have to have some fun or you would go nuts. I can imagine it's very hard work.

But we're so pleased that both of you could join us this morning as you continue on your tour. We'll see you again sometime soon.

MR. DOOCY: Hey, Governor, if your son drives the bus, do you ever sit in the backseat and say, "Hey, lead foot, slow down up there!"?

MR. ROMNEY: (Laughs.) He does a pretty good job. They got a DVD player in there so I get to watch TV while he's driving and keep cool. It's a pretty nice way to travel, in a Winnebago, I've got to tell you.

MR. DOOCY: All right. Good enough.

Mitt and Ann Romney, we thank you very much for joining us from Cedar Rapids, Iowa this morning.

MS. ROMNEY: Thank you.


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