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


I think it's unfair in this country that people-- don't feel there's equal opportunity given the education failures and the fact that the Democratic party is so dominated by the teachers unions they're not putting the kids ahead of the interests of this special interest group. That's what's unfair.

DIANE SAWYER: I want to talk about a couple of issues relating to women. This 19 point difference between you and the president on women. Here are some specific questions. If you were president-- you had been president-- would you have signed the Lilly Ledbetter Law?

MITT ROMNEY: It's certainly a piece of legislation I have no intend-- intention of changing. I wasn't there three years ago--

DIANE SAWYER: But would you have signed it?

MITT ROMNEY: --so I-- I'm not going to go back and look at all the prior laws and say had I been there which ones would I have supported and signed, but I certainly support equal pay for women and-- and have no intention of changing that law, don't think there's a reason to.

DIANE SAWYER: And on the question of abortion I think a number of people writing us on Yahoo have said we understand how he changed and decided that repeal of Roe v. Wade was going to be his decision. However at one point you said that women should have the right to make that decision, that you would never impose your views or the government's views on the woman's right to that decision and that you will not waver on that. We understand the story of how you got here, but to the women who said we've had the legal right for 40 years what do you say to them about no longer having that legal right if you repeal Roe v. Wade?

MITT ROMNEY: You know, this is a very difficult issue as you know. And it-- and it touches to the heart of-- of many, many people. And it involves two lives, the life of the woman, the mother, and the life of the unborn-- born child. And-- and I simply believe that we have to consider both of those lives and believe that the-- the right course would be for our Supreme Court-- not something the president does-- but I would love the Supreme Court to say, "Let's send this back to the states," rather than having a federal mandate through Roe v. Wade, let the states again consider this issue state by state rather than having this-- the setting that we have now with a federal mandate being imposed in all the states.

DIANE SAWYER: But to the women who are saying as they write us in for questions for you, they're saying, "Is he as concerned about a return to the day of illegal abortion? Is he concerned about basically taking away something that women have-- have lived upon for 40 years?"

MITT ROMNEY: Diane, there are huge concerns that are involved in two lives. I'm concerned about the women and I'm concerned about the unborn child. Both of those lives have to be considered. And-- and I believe that-- that-- that the right course for-- for the nation would be for individuals to be concerned with both those lives. And I know people come down on both sides of that issue and feel very deeply about it. But I'm pro life-- that's my view.

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