Mitt Romney: The Complete Interview

Mitt Romney: Well, they don't have any advantage by being in this country illegally in terms of applying for citizenship and should not.

Stephanopoulos: Have you been on the same journey politically?

Ann Romney: Well, I don't think I've ever been as politically obviously involved as Mitt has been.

I certainly agree with my husband on most issues. I think we have disagreements, obviously.

Mitt Romney: A few disagreements.

Stephanopoulos: Name one.

Mitt Romney: Oh, don't you dare.

Ann Romney: I'm not going to.

Stephanopoulos: I was with the Edwards a couple of months ago. They actually voiced a difference on gay marriage. She seemed to be much more for it than he was.

Ann Romney: Well, I would not oppose my husband on that at all.

Stephanopoulos: And you're not going to give me any other one.

Mitt Romney: Well, we were different with regards to issues of choice and abortion over the last decade or two and I've been looking at it from the standpoint of a governmental role and she's looked at it as a mom and she's been pretty consistently pro-life over the entire period.

Stephanopoulos: You'll be his number one character witness on the campaign trail.

How do you convince voters that some of these changes are sincere, coming from conviction?

Ann Romney: Well, I've been with him for a long time. I've known him since he was 18 years old and I know his heart, I know the goodness of him and I know that he's there putting himself.

It's a sacrifice, what we're doing right now. It's not an easy thing. It was not an easy decision to come here and to make the decision to run.

It's put a strain on lots of different points in our life that would be a lot easier not to.

But in my heart of hearts, I know he's the best person.

Mitt Romney: You see, fundamentally, a number of the issues that we've spoken about, they've been battered around for decades and they're tough issues, because they fit our interest to help women and let women make their own choices in their life, and our concern about imposing views of government on other people.

I mean, these are very tough issues combined with a real sense that there's human life involved.

But at the same time, what America faces right now are some unprecedented challenges, attacked by Jihadists, the emergence of Asia as an extraordinary tough competitor, tougher than we've ever faced before.

We're using too much oil. We're spending too much money. Our schools are failing a lot of our kids. Forty-plus million people don't have health insurance.

I want to solve those problems. I know how to do it.

Stephanopoulos: National security, you're a management consultant again.

You've come into the United States looking at the commander in chief. Do you keep him or let him go?

Mitt Romney: The commander in chief, that's the president. So you change the commander in chief, of course, but if you're talking about the secretary of defense...

Stephanopoulos: As you know, if you were looking at the job President Bush has done as commander in chief, from the perspective of a management consultant.

Mitt Romney: Well, you have to look at Iraq and Iraq was superbly executed in terms of taking down Saddam Hussein's government. But I think everybody recognizes, from the president to Tony Blair to Secretary Rumsfeld that post the period of major conflict, we had major problems in the way we've managed the war in Iraq, and that has contributed to much of the difficult we have today.

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