Video: Mitt Romney Discusses Health Care Vote on 'CBS: This Morning'

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July 5th, 2012

via press release:

 

CBS NEWS CHIEF LEGAL CORRESPONDENT JAN CRAWFORD SITS DOWN WITH REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MITT ROMNEY FOR HIS FIRST NETWORK TELEVISION INTERVIEW SINCE THE SUPREME COURT RULING ON HEALTH CARE ON “CBS THIS MORNING”

ROMNEY ON CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS’ VOTE: “IT GIVES THE IMPRESSION THAT THE DECISION WAS MADE NOT BASED UPON CONSTITUTIONAL FOUNDATION OR POLITICAL CONSIDERATION, BUT ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT”

ROMNEY ON WHETHER OR NOT HE WOULD NOMINATE A JUSTICE LIKE CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: “I CERTAINLY WOULDN’T NOMINATE SOMEONE WHO I KNEW WAS GOING TO COME OUT WITH A DECISION THAT I VEHEMENTLY DISAGREED WITH. HE REACHED A CONCLUSION, I THINK, THAT WAS NOT ACCURATE AND NOT AN APPROPRIATE CONCLUSION”

ANN ROMNEY ON TACTICS USED BY THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN AGAINST HER HUSBAND: “NUMBER ONE, THEY’RE NOT CORRECT. IT MAKES YOU RECOGNIZE THAT THEY’RE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN DO DESTROY MITT. THEY’RE TRYING TO PORTRAY HIM IN A LIGHT THAT IS JUST COMPLETELY WRONG”

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney sat down with CBS News Chief Legal Correspondent Jan Crawford for his first network television interview since the Supreme Court ruling on health care yesterday in Wolfeboro, N.H. Crawford discussed what transpired before and after the interview, as well as what to expect in the race ahead, with co-host Erica Hill and CBS News Special Correspondent Jeff Glor, live today, July 5, 2012 on CBS THIS MORNING on the CBS Television Network (7:00 AM – 9:00 AM).

Below are excerpts from the interview.

CRAWFORD: Whether it's a penalty, or whether it's a tax, it means that Americans, if they don't have insurance, are going to pay something, whatever they call it.

MITT ROMNEY: I made it very clear throughout my campaign and actually while I was Governor of Massachusetts that the issue of the uninsured should be dealt with at the state level.  And each state can create their own solutions to meet the needs of their people.

CRAWFORD: You say on your website that you would nominate justices in the mold of Chief Justice John Roberts. Now that he has voted to uphold this law, would you still — knowing what we know now — nominate a justice like John Roberts?

MITT ROMNEY: I certainly wouldn't nominate someone who I knew was going to come out with a decision I vehemently disagreed with. He reached a conclusion, I think, that was not accurate and not an appropriate conclusion. That being said, he's a very bright person. And I'd look for individuals that have intelligence and believe in following the Constitution.

CRAWFORD: Are you troubled that he switched his vote?  He was initially with the conservatives to strike down the heart of the law, the individual mandate, and then changed his mind to join the liberals to uphold it.

MITT ROMNEY: It gives the impression that the decision was made not based upon constitutional foundation or political consideration, but about the relationship between the branches of government. We won't really know the answers to those things until the justice himself speaks out.

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CRAWFORD: I want to ask Mrs. Romney this question, about some of the attacks that have been levied against you. When you hear the President of the United States saying that a president needs compassion and that your husband doesn't have it, do you listen to that?

ANN ROMNEY: Number one, they're not correct. It makes you recognize that they’re going to do everything they can to destroy Mitt. They're trying to portray him in a light that is just completely wrong.

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CRAWFORD: You're obviously such a team. That's what everyone says about you, that you two are a team. What qualities would you like to see in his vice-presidential running mate?

ANN ROMNEY: I've been giving that a lot of thought, actually. I think it's someone that, obviously, can do The Job but also will be able to carry through some of the other responsibilities. I think this is such a time where our country's in such deep trouble right now. And I think it's going to take someone else that's going to be there with Mitt, with the same personality type that, that will enjoy spending time with them and also competent, capable and willing to serve this country. I think there are lots of good people out there that fill that bill right now.

CRAWFORD: Do you think he should nominate a woman?

ANN ROMNEY: We've been looking at that, and I love that option as well. There are a lot of people that Mitt is considering right now.

 
  • Ralph Hahn

    Good for CBS for not resorting this time to silly questions that would make the candidate look bad, like Katie Couric interviewing Sarah Palin about which newspapers she reads in the morning. No such questions came from CBS nor any of the other lamestream networks were asked of Obama and Biden in 2008.

  • Dontryl Alexander

    Romney needs to SHUT THE HELL UP!

  • Todd S

    Dontryl,

    The man is runing for president – and you don’t want to hear what he has to say? Another blind vote for Obama.

  • Tracey

    I am a Canadian and the lengths your political candidates will go to in order to discredit their opponent is really um what’s the word I’m looking for? Ridiculous, ya that’s it!! Next thing the Romney team will come out with is that Obamacare is “socialism”. We have free healthcare in Canada and yes we do pay for it with our taxes but it works out to be pretty much the same amount you would pay for health insurance in the states.

  • joel

    I’m sure CBS is happy they got an interview, but does this really warrant a press release? It’s not like everyone can’t find election coverage 24/7 somewhere on basic cable if they look for it.

  • dmoore

    sara palin was a sad gimmick-gamble by mccain..a lame, shallow governor from a sparsely populated state who proved she couldnt lead it- she quit. did she do it because she was incompetent, bored, or for all the money, or maybe all of the above? who cares. couric did the whole of a america a great service by, in the most simple way, exposing what a fraud she is at all levels, in all capacities. you can disagree, even dislike obama & biden but they reach a level above the bare minimum. so again, thank you katie! ps: remember to watch KATIE on ABC 3pm weekdays! LOL.

  • dmoore

    tod, regardless of dontryls motive for “yelling” at mitt we all have the right to vote FOR someone, or AGAINST someone! an obama guy might be saying, “shut-up” out of dislike, while a pro mitt guy might be saying “shut-up” because he constantly makes-up or contradicts himself & it gets embarrassing.

  • dmoore

    heres the question ‘WE THE PEOPLE…’ have to ask, very seriously, at all levels of society…with SO many LEADERS..WHERE IS THE LEADERSHIP? their elitism is so insulting to any thinking person..& the way they look in the camera & say the things they say is shocking. they really think their “something”! but, they know tomorrow well be focused on kim, or gaga, or now TOMCAT..we deserve what we get. good night.

  • thesnowleopard

    It disturbs me that a presidential candidate is so ignorant of the way our government was intended to work that he can say things like this: “It gives the impression that the decision was made not based upon constitutional foundation or political consideration, but about the relationship between the branches of government” and this: “I certainly wouldn’t nominate someone who I knew was going to come out with a decision I vehemently disagreed with. He reached a conclusion, I think, that was not accurate and not an appropriate conclusion.”

    It’s called “a system of checks and balances,” Mitt. Look it up. The judicial branch is not supposed to agree with the executive or legislative at all times. That’s the whole point. Further, a Supreme Court justice’s making a decision you don’t like doesn’t make his conclusions inaccurate or inappropriate, especially when he knows a lot more about the law than you do. Just ’cause you went to Hahvahd once upon a time doesn’t make you a law god.

    Now, do we all know that a president is not going to nominate people for the Supreme Court with whom he strongly disagrees, even if they’re the best for the country? Sure. Because American presidents are human like everyone else. But that doesn’t make it a practice that’s best for the country, either.

    Mitt, bless him, I’m sure he means well, but he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed. And I’m not going to vote for any Ivy League doofuses who don’t even understand the basics of how our government works, no matter how many of them run for president.

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