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


And I think that for people to understand that again we have maybe not walked in everyone's shoes, but we've been caring and we've been there and we've been concerned. And for me I loved what it did for Mitt as a human being and as-- as a person for him to be able to have to counsel and worry and just pray with them and care for them and love them in a way that you would never have the opportunity to do. And as a mother so often we have that opportunity to really, really love someone and care for someone. For me I loved the fact that Mitt was doing this and helping others. And so I was never a person that was upset about, like, how much time was it taking and, you know, this is taking away from us. It was enriching our lives.

DIANE SAWYER: Well, do the people think you're reluctant to talk about being a Mormon?

MITT ROMNEY: Of course not. I don't think there's anyone particularly in the Republican primaries that doesn't know that I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon church and happy to talk about my experiences-- working as-- if you will, a pastor. In my church as you know they're not full time-- positions. It's a voluntary position, it's part time, I had a job at the same time. But I-- I'm happy to talk about that experience and do. We have town meetings as you know where I get asked questions from the audience and-- people ask-- and occasionally they do, "What was it like? What did you do--"

DIANE SAWYER: Are you surprised by the interest?

MITT ROMNEY: There's actually not much interest in the town meetings. The-- the questions I normally get are around issues like--

ANN ROMNEY: The economy.

MITT ROMNEY: --how are you going to fix the economy?

ANN ROMNEY: The economy and jobs.

MITT ROMNEY: What-- what are the-- yeah, it-- it's-- what are you going to do about-- about energy independence, are we going to do about encouraging legal immigration, what are we gonna do about getting good jobs--


MITT ROMNEY: --why are incomes not rising.

ANN ROMNEY: And Diane, what I sense too- and I really-- I really sense this from people is that they recognize that Mitt is competent and that he's compassionate at the same time. And they want someone to fix this. They want someone that's had the experience. They-- they-- they are begging, like, can you please go in there and straighten this out? And so that's what we're hearing when we're out there on the trail.

DIANE SAWYER: I wanted to ask just one final thing if I could about your dad. In this moment in this campaign when it seems clear you will be the nominee, what would you most like to say to your dad about this moment?

MITT ROMNEY: Say to him? I-- I'm not sure there's a lot I want to say to him. I wish I could hear him. I-- I wish I could have the chance to get his perspective and-- and his vision and his ideas about what should be done to get America-- on track again, how-- how we could help the most-- people in the country. My-- my dad had-- extraordinary capacity to-- to establish-- a vision and to-- and to know where America needed to move. He was a man of-- of-- of great wisdom. I'd love to have the wisdom of my father, of my mother-- great leaders of the past.

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