Mitt Romney: The Complete Interview

And I understand that well over a dozen states have gone to Department of Health and Human Services saying they'd like to get an approval, a waiver, employing some of the techniques we've used to expand coverage, free market coverage in their states.

Some are doing it in ways that I'm sure will be better than we came up with. Others are doing it in ways I don't think are as good.

I don't like the employer mandate in California, but it's a valiant attempt to get more people covered.

You're going to see different approaches. Maybe ours will come out best, I don't know. You're going to see different approaches.

But when we've settled it, when the laboratories of democracy, which is what the states are, have had a chance to try different modes, we're going to find that, indeed, the free market does work and that private free market principals are the best way to get our people all insured.

Stephanopoulos: You were joking in St. Louis the other day that what sets your husband apart in this field is he hasn't been divorced.

Both John McCain and Rudy Giuliani have been divorced. Is that something voters should take into account?

Ann Romney: I was really joking about just the Mormon thing and only having one wife.

Mitt Romney: This is a Cato Byrne joke. Cato Byrne wrote that joke and when you start a speech, you're always looking for something funny to say and she quoted that joke that she put forward.

No, I'm not going to suggest that people's marital lives should be part of a campaign and I should tell you I respect enormously both of the men you mentioned.

Both are American heroes, in different ways for different things. I've become friendly with John McCain over the years. He's helped me in my campaign.

Mayor Giuliani is an American hero. We're proud of the way that he...

Stephanopoulos: But that's not an issue.

Ann Romney: No, no.

Mitt Romney: That's not an issue. We're proud of the way that he turned around New York City.

It used to be that you felt it was a crime-ridden city. It's not anymore. And then, of course, following 9/11, he did a wonderful job in recovery.

He's a great friend. I respect him enormously. We like them both.

Stephanopoulos: Your father was the frontrunner for the Republican nomination back in 1968 and then he made that famous comment after returning from Vietnam about brainwashing.

That must have been a tough blow for your family.

Mitt Romney: It must have been, but I wasn't around. I was lucky. I was in France. I was serving my church at the time.

And so I saw from afar the statement and I must admit it didn't impact me as having such huge impact or moment.

Ann Romney: I was more involved and Mitt's father was sort of taking care of me or watching over me as Mitt was away. He was very fond of me and it was great to have that relationship with him.

And I got very close to him during that time. So I did see it up close and it was extraordinary. He was an extraordinary man, completely unaffected by stepping out of the race.

He said, and I will never forget, because years and years later, I would ask him, "Doesn't it bother you, seeing what's going on in the country now and you could have had this impact or you could have been there, you could have done that," he said, "I never look back. Isn't life wonderful? I never look back."

I said, "Don't you have any regrets?" "None."

Mitt Romney: The man was unique.

Ann Romney: Fabulous.

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