Transcript: Mitt and Ann Romney's Interview With Diane Sawyer


I'm going to focus on getting America strong again. And we've released all the information required by law and then some. And both John Kerry and John McCain and-- and President Obama-- they released two years of r-- of records. I'm happy to release two years of records-- and that's-- plenty for people to understand how I paid my taxes and-- the fact that I've been highly successful.

DIANE SAWYER: And John McCain said they gave him 23 years of tax returns when he was considering you for the vice presidency. If John McCain can get 23 should-- for transparency's sake the rest of the American public get 23 years?

MITT ROMNEY: Well, actually the American public has through legislation determined that we need a extraordinary dis-- set of disclosure of financial records of people running for president and I have complied with all that and then in addition put out two more years of tax returns. And exactly as John McCain and-- and-- John Kerry had, and-- I know the Obama people want to get us to do something that will cause a lot of attention to be drawn to the fact that I've been successful. John McCain wasn't worried about diverting from the issues of-- of the-- of the day, but I understand that the Democrats are going to try and do everything in their power to keep this election from being about the failure of President Obama to turn around our economy.

DIANE SAWYER: We asked for questions online at Yahoo and there were two big sets of questions that came in. But a number of them came in basically asking are you too rich to relate? And they cited the speaking fees, the Cadillac, the story out now that there's an elevator for your cars in the new house you're planning in La Jolla. Is this a relatability problem?

MITT ROMNEY: You know, we don't divide America based upon-- success and-- and-- and wealth and-- other dimensions of that nature. We're one nation under God we come together. This is a time when people of-- of different backgrounds and different experiences need to come together. I happen to believe that I'm by far the best qualified in this race between myself and President Obama to help the America people get good jobs and rising incomes and eliminate the massive deficit that America's facing. That-- that is the issue, I think. And those issues are the ones which I think will be defining in this race. This president has failed to get this economy turned around. He said just after he was inaugurated if he couldn't turn around the economy in three years he'd be looking at a one term proposition. Well, he hasn't got the job done. 92%-- 93% of the jobs lost have been lost by women during this president's term.

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