KARL: That's exactly right. This is the one time when the Republican party has a chance to have the attention of the entire nation to their message. Right now, they'll be competing with a hurricane for that attention. And as you remember, the exact same thing happened four years ago with Hurricane Gustav, which hit during the first day of the Republican convention four years ago.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So I know you have been talking to a lot of officials and delegates down there. What's the No. 1 thing they think they need to do to get out of this convention?
KARL: The No. 1 thing they have to do is establish Mitt Romney as the problem solver. That's what you're going to be hearing over and over again, as the person who has the ability to solve America's problems. To succeed where Barack Obama has failed.
STEPHANOPOULOS: OK, Jon Karl, thanks very much. Let's get more now from Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, the chairman of the Republican Convention's platform committee, and by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the chair of the Democratic Convention. Gentlemen, thank you for joining us.
And, Governor McDonnell, let me begin with you. You heard Jon Karl on the weather right there. How concerned are you that this is going to really disrupt the convention?
MCDONNELL: Well, obviously these unplanned events are things that just have to be dealt with. And we're just going to have to be more productive. We'll have to do in three days what the Democrats do in four. It's a concern for the reasons that you mentioned at the top of the show, George, competing with a major weather event. But I think that the independent voters are going to start tuning in now, are going to want to see Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan speak. So I think we'll still get a fair amount of attention, and the message will be good.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You also got a big surprise this morning from another independent, the former Republican governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, in the Tampa Bay Times this morning endorsing President Obama for reelection. He had some kind words for President Obama, but also some tough words for the Republican Party. I want to read some of them right now. He says, "an element of their party has pitched so far to the extreme right on issues important to women, immigrants, seniors and students that they've proven incapable of governing for the people. Look no further than the inclusion of the Akin amendment in the Republican Party platform, which bans abortion even for rape victims." Of course, he's referring to Congressman Todd Akin, your Senate candidate from Missouri right now.
You're the chair of the Platform Committee, you've called it the heart and soul of the Republican Party. So how do you respond to former Governor Crist?
MCDONNELL: I would say that Governor Crist's endorsement adds one more vote in Florida, and that's it. He is wrong on every other point. I don't think it's any surprise that the Republican Party is the party that embraces the dignity and sanctity of life. We're a pro-life party. The Democrats are pro-choice. But I'll tell you, that's so far field. He's wrong on the platform.