Video: Mitt Romney on Meet the Press 12/16/07

Here is Mitt Romney’s entire interview this morning on Meet the Press with Tim Russert from December 16, 2007. It’s in 5 parts hosted on YouTube, they’ll advance automatically:

Here’s a report from The Politico:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” today that he wept with relief when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Mormon church, announced a 1978 revelation that the priesthood would no longer be denied to persons of African descent.

Romney’s eyes appeared to fill with tears as he discussed the emotional subject during a high-stakes appearance that he handled with no major blunders.

During Romney’s first appearance ever on “Meet the Press” he also discussed his changed views on abortion, his stance on immigration (illegal immigrants should “go home eventually”) and defended against charges of flip-flopping.

Rivals pounced on his assertion that a fee — some of which were raised when he was Massachusetts governor — is “different than a tax.”

Once I watch it later I’ll give some more feedback on it. Sounds like a very interesting interview, especially considering this is his first appearance on Meet the Press.

Update

Romney spent a lot of time explaining religious differences and came off very understanding on that issue I think. It would be very easy to criticize Bob Jones for calling Mormonism a cult but Romney took the strategic approach and refused to return any fire. I don’t think this interview hurt him any. If anything, it have him a nice long appearance to confront and deal with some of the criticism leveled at him over the past several months.