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.