Here is the Mitt Romney 60 Minutes video from Sun. Sept. 23, 2012. Watch the full interview with CBS News anchor Scott Pelley of the Republican presidential candidate and former governor of Massachusetts. It was part of the traditional 60 Minutes Presidential campaign preview, with interviews of both candidates, incumbent President Barack Obama as well as Gov. Romney. Details, replay video and a link to the transcript text are below.
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Full replay video is above. The interview with Gov. Mitt Romney is first, followed by the interview with President Barack Obama.
The interview covered a range of topics regarding his campaign, including his proposed tax rate, his foreign policy views, as well as the war in Afghanistan and the unrest in the Middle East. Additionally, he addressed the controversial secret fundraising video made public in a Mother Jones magazine story, including his remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who do not pay taxes.
Read the full transcript text here. A summary of some of the discussion follows.
Gov. Romney spoke about his campaign and the criticism he has receiving, including from members of his own Republican party in the aftermath of the release of the controversial secret fundraising video.
In the 60 Minutes interview, Scott Pelley noted that Gov. Romney is known as a turnaround artist, and he asked if his campaign was in need of a turnaround. The response:
“Well, it doesn’t need a turnaround. We’ve got a campaign which is tied with an incumbent president to the United States. […] I’ve got a very effective campaign. It’s doing a very good job. But not everything I say is elegant. And I want to make it very clear, I want to help 100 percent of the American people.”
In another part of the interview, Gov. Romney spoke about the Middle East when asked what his policy would be.
“Communicate to nations like Egypt, and Egypt is– if you will, the major player, 80 million people, the center of the Arab world. Egypt needs to understand what the rules are. That to remain an ally of the United States, to receive foreign aid from the United States, to receive foreign investment from ourselves and from our friends, I believe, around the world, that they must honor their peace agreement with Israel. That they must also show respect and provide civil rights for minorities in their country. And they also have to protect our embassies. I think we also have to communicate that Israel is our ally. Our close ally. The president’s decision not to meet with Bibi Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, when the prime minister is here for the United Nations session, I think, is a mistake and it sends a message throughout the Middle East that somehow we distance ourselves from our friends and I think the exact opposite approach is what’s necessary.”
Read the full text here.
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