Exclusive: Ann Romney on 'Your World'
Wife of GOP nominee talks life on the campaign trail, economy
- Duration 16:17
- Date Sep 14, 2012
Wife of GOP nominee talks life on the campaign trail, economy
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He is losing ground in the battlegrounds but it Mitt -- -- -- -- showing it in fact he's not even talking about it.
Perhaps after getting -- -- remarks criticizing the president's handling of his mideast in this.
Romney being extra causes but that does not mean is why it is and Romney stopping by earlier for an exclusive chat.
So let me know in the world know that if you're going to target the guy running for president.
At least do the same for the guy who is president but that was just for starters.
And Romney stirring the -- With me now.
Mommy's always -- yeah thank you very much.
Personal -- and up with campaigns yeah.
Aside its bottom -- I think you know at this point it's very exciting of course is fatiguing but he gets so much energy from just being with the crowds and there's some people are very passionate out there I had I've been doing my -- rallies even.
I was at a rally in in Florida and -- -- over flow crowd and everything else it's it's exciting.
And women I had.
Mostly women are showing -- some irony is -- yeah in its it's extraordinary and they're quite emotional I mean some of them I was looking on the audience and they literally were crying I mean they -- that passionate energy that's out there.
Is is it really touches you now you which one of them women and I'll get in some of the latest news but.
Can't depend on how you look at -- your husband's having a tough time with the team although not that married female -- that he he does very well there but.
What do you think's going -- you know I and it's heavy.
Generational thing that party line I would think it's not necessarily my husband is probably more party line.
And you know that's just what happens and we and we appreciate those women that have figured out those that are are married an -- if you -- trying to balance budgets and are thinking about their children about their future because.
What I'm hearing from women when I'm out is number one they're concerned about.
Specifically jobs you know their whether -- their own their husbands their children's.
But beyond that women are talking about things I've never heard women talk about from like the last cycle they're talking about budget deficits.
They're talking about that kind -- burden that's going to be placed on their children they're starting to figured out that we're borrowing all this money.
We're not going to be paying it off not this generate.
Shouldn't be surprised sentences Romney that.
With a -- those arguments and polls -- -- I grant you but especially today a lot of the tracking polls and battleground states so the president.
Widening his lead against your house.
I I really believe that you know it will.
Bump up and down I still very confident we will win this because I think it is going to be an economic election.
I think that this is the most tepid recovery we've had.
Time since the Great Depression this basically jobless recovery.
22 million Americans are in in unemployed underemployed.
The -- -- the that hurt the most by this economy have been women.
They have higher unemployment rates in men they -- more women going into poverty.
For if that -- since the last forty years so this is -- a very very tough couple of years for a lot of.
Think eventually they will see the light.
And go to your husband I grant -- bond.
Because a whole economy thing as you know mrs.
Romney has been sort of disrupted by these developments.
In the Middle East today alone -- Sudan.
We've had threats even raise that the university North Dakota University of Texas.
A lot of lot of angst -- do you think this.
Moves front and senator safety.
Security issues not economic issues.
You know it's hard it's hard for me -- know I'm not a -- that way but I I know how millions of Americans Americans right now are shocked by what happened.
By what happened to our parent parent ambassador and three other diplomats then.
People that we're working in in that it embassy and it's just shocking to us that this brutality would happen.
-- your your husband spoke out.
In between these developments the first it was were responding what was going on in Cairo.
And what was.
A statement -- again out of the editors say that was us or all -- an apology.
For this film that they -- had nothing to do with and they wanted to preach solidarity with with the Muslims.
And then of course the killing of the the Libyan ambassador and three others.
Criticized some of that and that that that it wasn't.
A fitting diplomatically proper thing to do at a time like this he defended it.
You know if he was responding.
To an issue that was immediate it was before the deaths and so I felt it was perfectly appropriate.
Even after the deaths even more appropriate but what you know those things where I've got to save their lives and evolving process and we -- aware of baton.
You know I just trust in miss judgment I trust in his leadership ability I've seen him in all situations be an extraordinary extraordinary and exceptional leader.
I really do trust a guy for any kind of crisis this country will face whether -- economic and military.
What do you think is going on here because that the point your husband made this is Romney is at this spreading anti American violence.
Is a reflection on how poorly.
Those folks that part of world think about us and and -- and view us.
Who was that a -- can you settle.
President Obama with that.
You know I'm not gonna and -- wanted to start making those kinds of claims.
I just recognize that right now I think all Americans are our understanding that this is.
A reminder that freedom is not free.
That there is a high risk.
And very and made it tenuous grip that a lot of us feel that this could explode at any time.
Do you feel your husband's -- does vanity doesn't it he doesn't speak up people understood why is being out.
When he does speak you're doing so in the middle of a very sensitive situation.
That's that bets that the risk you run when -- in such a microscope this we're -- right now and I think that was part of the reason why.
When I was.
Considering running again in -- for me last time I was like never again I mean this is all.
The other -- of the criticisms the you know the anger that destruction all these things that happen when you run for this office on its very disturbing to a family.
Very tough on a family.
And I -- basically said I'm never gonna do this again and yet here I am and and so what changed in what changed for me.
Is recognizing that America.
And where we're heading as a nation is so important right now and that we need leadership and I trust that that kind of leadership is going to be.
Given by my husband.
I know that if we are an economic trouble.
That he is going to be the one that is gonna have -- key to the -- to turn this economy around.
I know he's going to be serious about the -- budget deficits in the looming -- death.
Budget deficits are facing and not gonna make make sure that we don't pass this onto our children and it.
-- -- -- it's those economic issues and whether he was right Iran to respond to what's happening in Middle East.
It as you said he's not he's never he's going to be right for some people in line for others have no matter what we'll Johnson and the former governor -- a -- of -- close friend of obviously yours and and your husband's has said there is a bit of a double standard I'm paraphrasing -- billions -- But he said -- -- nearly the zeal to go way up to the president.
And not even knowing whether it needs its -- and -- want.
And then there is.
For your husband commenting on what's going well.
As you know we always feel like we're getting picked on more than anyone else at that as just what happens and -- the media spirited.
That is is gonna get me in trouble by an -- athletic.
But I didn't -- think -- disproportionately so to Johnson and it would said that that that any mistake you guys -- Is exaggerated.
And not so with the president -- it's his UV as the -- he likes her husband likes you.
But do you agree with -- Well I always say that you know anyone that's getting picked on has a bias is well.
And you know but yet you can't think about that -- dwell on Matt and and worry about you know how how -- might being perceived you have to just go forward and just keep going.
With what you believe.
And not worry about the critics and and one thing I know about -- is he's a guy that has enormous integrity.
I couldn't experience -- -- -- get frustrated by its responses -- get frustrated when these polls just when he's making momentum.
He looks -- -- -- got down -- at least now you know honestly now we don't usually let you look at the big picture we you look at the big picture.
I don't even try to look at that it's interesting you know I don't try to -- and -- I try to look at why were running.
Where this country is headed what we need right now we need strong leadership we need someone that cares we need someone that understands the suffering of Americans right now.
And I'm looking forward and I'm very confident by the way -- that we actually will win this thing.
Our -- A lot of course hinges on the debates as you know this -- -- and when when your husband goes into those debates.
Everyone's going to be looking and I think he mourned him.
Because they -- to look at the challengers -- entertaining.
Changing horses midstream there let's look at the other ports and they looked at the other -- in 1980 and Ronald Reagan said all right we could switch to.
Does your does your husband need to do that does he need to show in that debate that he -- word that -- Of American's.
I'm looking forward to the debates I think you know it's it's going to be an opportunity for a lot of Americans to maybe tune in for the first time in C.
That this guy is a serious guy he's now his own people seem to be trumpeting his debating skills maybe it's working against them.
In -- lowered -- -- well IEA you know.
I think we have great confidence that this president is a very good debater.
And he's got you know he added that an announcement you know I'm not gonna I'm yeah -- But I I do think that the president will have an advantage going obviously into these debates however when knows he's a good debater and he's the sitting prison United States I definitely think -- goes in hasn't undergone back.
Do you think embarrassing if you and then First Lady Michelle Obama.
Critics of both conventions said each of you gave better speeches -- your husband.
But I think it.
Often qualify agree I think my cousin was my husband's was terrific.
It was different and when we obviously are talking about different things and if you wanna have more fun.
And it's more interesting you might listen to that the women speak because we have an opportunity to talk about.
Family and in personal things and then if you have to -- policy which is obviously it's not it's entertaining.
You would you would certainly think that in both cases.
Com the -- with and I know you addressed it before but the one question I'd ask you I know to make room for -- -- That he visited and the Romney still.
What we -- it on and on cable news.
Didn't get to see it.
Do you regret that now than it was a -- -- -- But.
Broadcast audiences so Clint in the chair they didn't see the film about you would give us.
Well you know -- I wish everyone could see that film and we wish they would.
-- when you know more time would be allowed to do regret that he got -- -- -- well I don't think so I think Clint Eastwood as an icon and we've we love his support and you know we're we're very grateful for that I I wish in addition we could have also seen him.
But you have no regrets about the -- -- -- now.
Did you wonder what to cheer was -- If that's for a second of course but it does it worked out they haven't worked out just fine.
See you get a sense in this race means -- always comes down to.
Whether Romney's haven't made now when you're convention speech -- mentioned -- wasn't always that way.
But a lot of people -- seized on your remarks recently Meet the Press -- you said.
We've not had a financial struggle in our lives as if you didn't have a struggle what you said in your speech about you know what -- and everything else.
It wasn't that it was -- I know but what's the real deal -- I'm -- clearly was unfortunately.
-- you know more than anyone how rough it can be because site I say.
People think we had a storybook marriage and in the story books I've read there's no chapter on MS Anderson chapter breast cancer and so you know by the fact to me saying.
I struggles haven't been financial how -- -- struggles have been with other issues where they've really.
Trust me I mean to tip I say like -- -- dust because my essence of who I was in it.
How identify myself was what that good things that you do in life and how you are as a person.
All the sudden office taken away from you and what do you left left.
So I would have very rough and our time never mind that not knowing how sick I was going to be and how.
I I -- that pac man that was chewing me up I wasn't quite sure when he was gonna spit me out because I was progressing rather rapidly.
But are you just uncomfortable told -- it was Romney and I say this is it.
Fellow and that serves you well and and -- -- that you on the stump in that disrespect as a fellow sufferer as I can remember many campaign.
Was very tiring it's very hot I know I do when I'm tired I'm hot and year you'll be armed.
But you don't.
Do the victims and to and I had -- -- I don't mean that disparaging way.
But do you think -- some maybe it's campaign is that you should you should talk more about it yet but did you don't like to use as a strong.
You know backbone about it you go -- events and everything house you know I know.
This disease and you're tired and fund this disease -- -- -- fund.
But you when your husband just.
Don't like to Wear your problem.
So obviously well I think that's you know the case we're strong we're you know we've dealt with a lot.
If people have to to recognize that our life has not -- maybe -- people think it has spent.
And you get stronger by it by working and fighting your your troubles in life would you feel uncomfortable about it or just feel that.
The way your husband stood by you when when that happened the way with cancer is it just I don't want to look like -- using these diseases are.
I don't know what it is that is it is discomfort well isn't bit of discomfort because you don't always want to be saying poor me.
I do get -- out of work here over not I call him up but it's up is that it's that isn't it's a nice excuse sometimes but.
And you know for me to power on power on the power and it is important it's important for me to know that I can.
It's important for me to know that I've overcome a lot of these things that I've learned from so much of the illnesses that I've gone through.
The most important thing I've learned.
From having an -- and from having breast cancer is compassion.
And I say and this has been -- teacher but it has been a teacher and what it is taught me.
Is -- to recognize that all Americans.
With one thing or another.
Whatever that struggle lives.
I have compassion for and I think what I meant by saying that -- my my struggles have not been financial but they have been other things.
Is to suggest that.
Let me have it gives -- the allowance to know that I can sympathize with bats and Mitt can sympathize with those that are going to struggles.
Maybe our struggles are not uniquely like yours that we have struggled.
-- cares I care we've learned so much from the struggles we've gone through.