VIDEO: The Romneys Go On FOX News to Explain Why They Lost

Mar 4, 2013
11:11 am

In case you missed it, Mitt and Ann Romney appeared on FOX News this weekend in their first post-election interview.


Here is the full interview.

The full transcript is here, and yes, Ann Romney needs to chill. Blaming the media on her husband’s loss makes no sense, especially when your husband says things like this:

The president had the power of incumbency. ObamaCare was very attractive, particularly to those without health insurance. And they came out in large numbers to vote. So that was part of a successful campaign.

Yet don’t tell that to Ann Romney:

WALLACE: Why do you think [your husband] lost?

ANN ROMNEY: I think they had a better ground game. And I think we were not aware — you know, we certainly had the passion coming from our side, and I don’t think we were as aware of the passion that was coming from the other side. I think we were a little blindsided by that.

WALLACE: Do you think that the two of you at all contributed to this image, which the other side certainly played up, that you were so wealthy that you were somehow out of touch with the concerns of the average American?

ANN ROMNEY: You know, that’s — that’s a reality that, you know, you can’t change. I mean, we are who we are. The thing that was frustrating to me is that people didn’t really get to know Mitt for who he was.

WALLACE: Well, I want to pick up on that, because there were reports that you and your oldest son, Tag, were frustrated with the Romney campaign, that they didn’t, quote, “let Mitt be Mitt,” that they didn’t let him show his more open, compassionate side. True?

ANN ROMNEY: Well, of course. It was partly — it’s true. But it was not just the campaign’s fault. I believe it was the media’s fault as well, is that he was not giving — being given a fair shake, that people weren’t allowed to really see him for who he was.

WALLACE: All right, what about the media?


ANN ROMNEY: I’m happy to blame the media.


WALLACE: Do you think the media was in the tank for Barack Obama?


ANN ROMNEY: I think that it’s — anytime you’re running for office, you always think that you’re being portrayed unfairly.

And, you know, we — of course, on our side believe that there’s more bias in favor of the other side. I think that that’s a pretty universal — universally-felt opinion.

WALLACE: What do you think of the campaign that Barack Obama ran?

ANN ROMNEY: I think, obviously, it was a winning campaign. It worked.

WALLACE: Do you think it was fair?


WALLACE: In what way?

ANN ROMNEY: Portrayal of my husband. He is an exceptional, wonderful person.