Romney: 'I'm Not Going to Worry About the Campaign'

Republican candidate talks to George Stephanopoulos about remarks regarding recent embassy attack.
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In my interview with mitt romney, we cover a lot of other ground, including how he's preparing for the crucial debates with pnt obama, what he thinks of new polls that have him falling behind. And whether he regrets the first comments he made after this week's violence in libya. Romney accused the obama administration for showing, quote, sympathy for the protesters. Romney said the president was displaying a shoot first, aim later attitude. And that's where we began. I thought the statement was inappropriate. And pointed that out. Now, our attention is focused on the loss of life and the tragedy of having a remarkable ambassador and diplomatic members had their lives taken. You said the statement showed a tendency to show sympathy with those who waged the attacks. Where do you see it shows sympathy? It was done before the attacks happened. The statement stayed on the website for 14, 15 hours. The statement was reiterated after they had breached the sovereignty with the embassy. Coupled with a condemnation of the facts, though. Even after the killing in libya. And by the way, what I said was exactly the same thing conclusion the white house reached, which was that the statement was inappropriate. That's why they backed away from it, as well. No direct response when the president says you shoot first and aim later? Well, this is politics. I'm not going to worry about the campaign. But as the campaign heads for the home stretch, romney facing criticism not just from president obama, but conservative allies, too. With some questioning why he's not doing better in this bad economy. The republican party cannot win in this environment. It has to get out of politics. If you can't beat barack obama with this record, then shut down the party. A new batch of polls highlights those concerns. Romney trailing in swing states like florida, ohio and virginia. What do you say? Beating an incumbent is never easy. The president exudes an air of friendliness and likability. But at the same time, people recognize he's not done the job they expected him to do. But you're falling further behind. Why aren't you doing better? I'm doing better. I'm virtually tied up in the polls. We're doing well in swing states. The outcome is decided by the people in the middle. And I believe as they look at who they believe can get this economy strong again and create jobs again and rising wages and take-home pay for middle income families, they're going to say i get the best prospects for doing that. Let's talk about iran. You've been critical of the president's policy. Prime minister netanyahu has suggested he wants more of a clear red line from the united states. What's your red line with iran? My red line is iran may not have a nuclear weapon. Iran is a nuclear nation, is unacceptable to the united states of america. President obama said exactly the same thing. He said it's unacceptable for iran to have a nuclear weapon. Your red line is the same as his. I laid out what I would do to keep iran from reaching that red line. Crippling sanctions need to be put in place. When dissidents took to the streets of tehran, the president was silent. In addition, I think ahmadinejad should have been indicted for incitation to genocide. But your red line going forward is the same? And recognize that when one says that it's unacceptable to the united states of america, that that means what it says. You mentioned president obama's likability. We had a poll question this week, asking who would you rather have dinner with. Right now, president obama is beating you by about 19 points on that. Try and convince people that they're wrong. Bring us inside. What would dinner be like at the romney home? It would be chaotic. You'd have grandkids climbing all over you. Probably some food would be thrown from one side of the table to the other by one of my grandkids. It would be a lot of fun. I can't tell people who would have more fun at who's table. But I think the american people are looking for someone who has the capacity to help them get good jobs and more take-home pay. And I do. Let's talk about the debates. Hello. What have you learned as you studied about all this about president obama as a debater. What are you looking for? I think he's going to say a lot of things that aren't accurate. You know, I'd be tempted to go back to that wonderful line by ronald reagan, there you go again. But you can't use something. Bill clinton used that about you at the democratic convention. As another president once said, there they go again. I didn't happen to see that. But I think the challenge that I'll have in the debate is that the president tends to, how shall I say it? Say things that aren't true. And in attacking his opponents in prior debates. And in that kind of case, it's difficult to say, well, am i going to spend my time correcting things that aren't quite accurate? Or am I going to spend my time talking about the things I want to talk about. What do you do? Well, that's a challenge you always have. And that's a judgment you make. Do you have any rituals you use to get ready? Well, ann always gives me the advice, as I get ready to go up on the stage and offers a few words of encouragement. And I look to her when I'm in the debate. I look at see her. Typically, her eyes are down. She's more nervous in the debates than I am. She says, I wish I could debate instead. I look to her. And when she's smiling and confident, that gives me the boost I need. Governor romney, thanks very much. Thanks, george. Big moment coming up on OCTOBER 3rd. More politics coming up on "this week."

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