'This Week' Transcript: David Axelrod and Reince Priebus

STEPHANOPOULOS: Even your governor, though, Chairman Priebus, Scott Walker, Republican governor of Wisconsin, has said that Governor Romney has to be much more bold and specific in laying out this case. And he wants to unleash Paul Ryan, the congressman from Wisconsin, as well, thinks that the -- the whole Romney campaign has to be more in the Ryan playbook, has to be putting out more bold and specific ideas. Is he right?

PRIEBUS: Well, I don't think he quite said it that way, George. I know he said that months ago. He's not right, as we sit here today. I mean, the fact of the matter is...

STEPHANOPOULOS: He used the words bold and specific this week.

PRIEBUS: Listen, I'll tell you about specifics. First of all, Mitt Romney talks about -- all the time about reducing the GDP spending from 25 cents on the dollar down to 20, reducing small business taxes from 35 to 25, reducing income taxes across the board by 20 percent.

I mean, for crying out loud, we've got Paul Ryan on the ticket. There can't be anything more specific than a budget that we passed to get a hold of the 10-year debt window, the deficits that are out of control that the president promised that he would fix.

As far as specifics go, we're the only ones talking about how to save Medicare. The president's the one that raided Medicare by $700 billion. I mean, we've got specifics coming out of our eyeballs, George. And if so -- I just think that we need to keep pounding away on those specifics and keep talking about those specifics so that the American people know that -- because I think that people out there, George, have made up their minds that clearly this president didn't fulfill the promises and the mission that he laid out four years ago.

And now, over the next 46 days, we have to lay out to the American people not just that we need to start having people in office that commit to the promises they make, but that we need to lay out the vision and lay out the specifics as we are doing, but more clearly and more consistently on a daily basis. I mean, we have to win the day. We have to win the mission on a daily basis.

STEPHANOPOULOS: A couple more quick questions. Governor Romney put out his tax returns, 2011 tax return on Friday. The Obama campaign say that Romney continues to fail the test of full disclosure. Your response?

PRIEBUS: I think it's totally bogus. I mean, they've given away over 30 percent of their income to charity. The Romneys are -- I just -- we mentioned that I'm in Kenosha and Racine, Wisconsin, today. You know, a lot of communities have families that are extraordinarily generous, that they're the ones that show up and save the symphony, they help build the wing in the library. The Romneys have been successful, but they've also been the types of people in the community that -- that we thank God for every day through their generosity and their kind heart.

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