Mitt Romney One-on-One
Campaign Carl Cameron interviews GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney
- Duration 6:46
- Date Dec 7, 2011
Campaign Carl Cameron interviews GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney
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Thank you very much for joining us governor so we're less than a -- the way and suddenly you're trailing in just about everywhere -- New Hampshire what happened.
Well I've -- that most of the year I've been all the way towards the top but not always at the very top of the people have had a moment of inspection and a and a -- poll numbers and as time goes on usually there's been -- little decline in the other folks that I am able to hold on some expecting that I'm gonna hold onto the strength.
And actually start building more strength -- I make my closing argument.
There's been some suggestion that your campaign is showing signs of nervousness and tanks because of -- -- search.
Talk to us a little bit about how you.
And and your supporters discussed the Gingrich moment.
You know we've seen a number of people over the last year have their moment of great visibility.
And as time goes on and people get a chance to know the better why.
We're able to do -- better than -- expected I think this and it's gonna happen in this process I think speaker Gingrich will come down to earth and his numbers.
Get more support and we're at the stage now of course where.
The caucuses and primaries are upon us.
So it's time for advertising and for me make my closing argument I think as we do those things will be able to build the support we need to win the nomination.
Some of your supporters -- suggested that you haven't been aggressive enough with -- directly that just saying that you're an outsider he's an insider with a forty record.
Isn't enough Ron Paul's on the air saying he suffers from serial hypocrisy do you agree with the well I'm gonna be talking about the differences between speaker Gingrich and myself both in our background and positions and issues and I can shrink from that.
I won't make this a personal fight but we will talk about our differences and I think they're pretty substantial.
I'll go ahead -- list them beyond just the time spent in the geography of DC and his insider status what does it on the policies that you actually differ with him.
-- -- quite a few speaker Gingrich said that we ought to get rid of our child labor laws.
That I think is a mistake.
He's indicated that for people who have been here -- certain length of time we should let them stay in the country with a form of amnesty I think that's a mistake.
That the list we'll go on and on -- is we get a clear indication of exactly where the speaker stands but we'll talk about those differences and I I think that'll make a difference in people's minds.
Normally when candidates have been -- up front runner status for months they find themselves eclipsed by somebody else I ask them are you the underdog.
But it sounds to me like -- think you are at all.
Look I don't know -- recognize a place myself in this process I have been behind other people in the polls with a Rick Perry.
With the dollar trump.
Whether Herman Cain from time to time throughout this race I'm happy to be one of the front runners I -- happen to thank.
That by virtue of my background and experience and the positions and solutions I've laid out to get America going again I'll be the last man standing.
What do you say to folks who presume.
That you must be irritated.
The people have to continue to ask you questions about not being able to crest 30% in the polls or because of Republican suspicion -- apprehension.
You know -- or what people ask me -- get the chance to respond to their their -- what really counts is how many votes you get.
-- -- and primary nights.
And I expect to win enough -- -- you're gonna win a ball I'd love to.
But my guess is that other people will win some of the early state and some of the -- states.
But I do expect I'm gonna get them 11150 delegates I need by putting together.
One group after the other that gives -- those delegates so did you just kiss off Iowa are you suggesting that may be welcome in the top three there.
I I'm hoping I do very well in every one of the states I'm not making any predictions on -- I'd like to do well in Iowa I'd like to do well in New Hampshire.
I'd like to -- South Carolina Florida and so on but -- I'm not predicting state by data and predict in this.
I get 11150.
Or some odd delegates and I get the nomination -- have a question about the time of -- and so -- A lot of folks had thought that this might be a quick grace is that now your belief that it'll go past march and April may before there's a nominee.
I don't know I could possibly predict how long this process will go on the way it's been structured with delegates being awarded on it proportional basis.
Would suggest it's gonna take some time before -- candidate gets enough delegates to become the nominee.
-- -- -- I think that we're going to be expecting -- More than just two or three a contest to decide where we or we ultimately use our candidate -- candidate and here we are today at the Republican Jewish Coalition.
You've been very harshly critical of the president on his policy toward Israel particularly relative to the US ambassador to Belgium.
-- what do you want the RTC to know about you today as the type of commander in chief you'll be.
For it with a special relationship with -- Israel.
Well the people who come here today -- include all the Republican candidates for president.
And we will all say that we are committed to Israel as real are.
-- will all say that Israel is today.
Extraordinary friend and and that shares our guys -- it surely does I will be talking more broadly.
About what we have to do to make sure that America.
Is a strong and compelling ally that America is able to be the shining city on the hill that Ronald -- -- -- that light is -- I want to -- again.
So I'll be talking about the direction President Obama is taking is and why why as result the direction he's taking us.
Israel has to wonder about America's commitment of the future and how under my leadership.
With people joining me NA in -- national effort.
We will strengthen America and fulfill our commitments to Israel and today you're gonna talk a little bit about the difference between would you consider to be.
An opportunity agenda -- an entitlement agenda with the president.
On what is it that you hope that sort of shorthand and -- I think people recognize that this president is leading America in a very different direction.
One where we demonize certain people in the country.
Where we I promise more more benefits to certain folks in the country and where we ultimately kill the incentives that encourage people to get education.
To work hard to take risk to trying to fill their dreams.
Though those attributes are what have lifted our economy and it made us the most powerful economic engine in the world I don't wanna kill that.
With an entitlement society that I think president -- is installing.
I want to reignite it.
With an opportunity society that has long been the basis of America's strength.
Lasting for a forget and sort of cleaning up mr.
Gingrich is sworn off 32 attack ads.
He's he's not gonna go negative on any of his rivals.
Will you make that same -- no -- no ads that criticize a contrast yourself to your opponents cut for Kent Taylor -- you can look like.
I can tell you that.
That we're gonna make a very strong and compelling case for my candidacy.
Will describe differences between myself and others.
But I understand how some folks might not want to go negative because they don't want to be.
I've gone negative upon.
But -- if you -- -- -- thank you very much.