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FOX "Fox and Friends" - Transcript

MR. ROMNEY: (In progress) -- enthusiasm here -- just amazing. Mount Vernon, this is so -- isn't she good?

MR. : She's cuter. (Laughter.)

MR. ROMNEY: You hear that? He says she's cuter than I am. That's not saying much. (Laughter.)

MR. : That's not saying much. (Laughter.)

MR. ROMNEY: That's right. That's exactly right. She is -- she's a cute girl, I'll tell you. She's hot too. Ah! I just -- wow!

(End videotaped segment.)

MS. CARLSON: (Laughs.)

MR. DOOCY: There you've got Mitt Romney, who wants to be our next president, talking about his wife, Ann. Oh, and what a surprise! Joining us right now from Des Moines, Ann and Mitt Romney.

Good morning to you.

MRS. ROMNEY: Good morning. Good morning.

MR. ROMNEY: Good morning, Steve.

MR. DOOCY: So Ann, how does that make you feel to know that when your husband is far away out on the road, he's talking about how hot you are? Pssssst!

MRS. ROMNEY: That was kind of nice. I liked that. He's hot, too, though.

MR. ROMNEY: (Laughs.)

MR. KILMEADE: Okay, now I'm blushing.

MRS. ROMNEY: I think he added a little bit more than just "hot."

MR. DOOCY: He did. (Inaudible.)

MR. KILMEADE: Right.

MR. DOOCY: Never mind.

MR. KILMEADE: Just talking about tomorrow, I know you have to be excited because you've been campaigning so hard for so long, as everyone is about tomorrow -- what's happening with the caucus and New Hampshire five days later. What do you think about Senator McCain's ad that he just cut, fresh off the presses, Governor Romney, that says the next -- taking a quote from you -- and tell me if this is accurate: "The next president does not need to have foreign policy experience," and he factors in all his foreign policy experience.

MR. ROMNEY: Well, I'm not sure what the ad says, but you know, if you just want to get somebody who knows a lot about foreign policy, well, go to the State Department and pluck somebody out. What we need is a leader, someone like Ronald Reagan who can come into Washington with a fresh start and get things on track again, who has the skills to negotiate and make relationships of a positive nature with nations around the world.

I respect Senator McCain. He's an honorable person. I just happen to think he's wrong on some key issues, and some of those relate to things like voting against the Bush tax cuts twice, putting in place an effort to try and have illegal immigrants stay in this country forever. I think he's just wrong on a number of very important issues.

MS. CARLSON: Another person you disagree with, Governor Huckabee -- running neck and neck with him right now in Iowa. Kind of a mysterious event on Monday where he says he's going to release this negative ad about you, and then he calls a press conference and says he's not going to release it but he actually plays the ad, and now it's all over the place. How do you respond to that?

MR. ROMNEY: Well, I don't think he was able to fool the reporters in the room and I don't think he'll be able to fool the voters in Iowa with a process like that, obviously hoping that a negative ad would be able to get on the airwaves, as it has. It's a bit like somebody saying, "I'm not going to call my opponent any bad names, but if I were, here are the names I would call him." (Laughter.) I just don't think that works.

MR. DOOCY: Now, Ann, you and the governor and your sons have been campaigning across Iowa and in New Hampshire and across the country for months and months and months. How exhausted are you and how happy are you going to be tomorrow night that, at least Iowa-wise, it's going to be done?

MRS. ROMNEY: You know, it's amazing how you get energy from the people that you go out and meet with. Yesterday I think Mitt did about seven events or eight events; I did four or five. We came home last night and we were playing, laughing, talking, watching a movie. We still feel pretty good, feel pretty energized. You get a lot of energy from those that you go out and see, and it's been a terrific experience. Our kids have loved it. We've loved the people of Iowa. We look at it as a very just positive experience so far.

MR. KILMEADE: Governor, so many experts are weighing in on this race. It reminds me a lot of, you know, leading up to the Superbowl -- who's going to win? Everyone feels as though they have the right answer. But most agree that Iowa and New Hampshire are must-wins for you. Do you agree with that?

MR. ROMNEY: Oh, of course not. Of course not. This is a long battle and I think I'm the only guy that's contending at the top level at both of those states. Frankly, we've got to win both Iowa and New Hampshire in November of '08 to keep the White House, so the fact that I'm able to connect with people in Iowa, connect with people in New Hampshire is positive. But look, they say you have to get one of three tickets coming out of Iowa; one of two coming out of New Hampshire. I'm pretty confident I'll be able to do those things.

And then we have a lot of primaries after that -- Michigan, Wyoming, Nevada, South Carolina, Florida, and then a big day on February 5thh. So you know, I'm running the distance here, and I want to pick up the nomination.

MR. KILMEADE: But after spending 45 -- millions of dollars, shouldn't you be winning?

MR. ROMNEY: Hey, let me tell you: I'm a governor from far away from Iowa. I've come into this state -- well, I started off with just a few percentage points of support. I've been able to go up and down the state working harder than anybody else, and I'm in a tie for the top spot. That's a pretty great accomplishment and I'm pretty happy.

MRS. ROMNEY: I am so proud of what he has done and been able to accomplish in this last year. Really we came from nowhere. No one knew us; no one knew anything about Mitt, and to have him sitting in this chair right now is pretty extraordinary.

MR. DOOCY: Before you go, Hillary Rodham Clinton is willing to drive people to the polling places, the caucus places, have babysitters -- I know --

MRS. ROMNEY: Herself? (Laughter.)

MR. DOOCY: Her people. She's got people. What are the Romneys willing to do for the people of Iowa to get them to come out to support you tomorrow night?

MRS. ROMNEY: What do you think, Mitt?

MR. ROMNEY: Well, Ann has a special recipe for something called "Welsh Cakes." (Laughter.) They're these wonderful little cookie- type cake things that she makes. And maybe we'll supply those to the people that come to the caucuses that need a little help.

MS. CARLSON: That's a good answer. All right, Governor Romney --

MRS. ROMNEY: We always try to talk --

MS. CARLSON: Go ahead --

MRS. ROMNEY: I was just going to say, Mitt and I always try to at least have some fun. We are having a good time on the trail. We're enjoying each other's company and we're enjoying having the boys all start to arrive. So at least at this point we are having a lot of fun.

MR. KILMEADE: But you could fan out the grandkids and your sons and you could actually babysit all of Des Moines. (Laughter.)

MR. ROMNEY: (Laughs.) (Inaudible) -- I have to give you that one. With the five boys, five daughters-in-law, and 11 grandkids, that's quite a crew.

MR. DOOCY: Mitt and Ann Romney, thank you very much for joining us this morning from Des Moines, Iowa.


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