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 NBCâ€™s â€œMeet the Pressâ€ 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.
Romneyâ€™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 Romneyâ€™s first appearance ever on â€œMeet the Pressâ€ he also discussed his changed views on abortion, his stance on immigration (illegal immigrants should â€œgo home eventuallyâ€) and defended against charges of flip-flopping.
Rivals pounced on his assertion that a fee â€” some of which were raised when he was Massachusetts governor â€” is â€œdifferent than a tax.â€
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.
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.