Mitt Romney has received his share of grief for ducking reporters, with fellow Republican opponent Jon Huntsman releasing a “Scared Mittless” web ad that poked fun at the candidate's penchant for avoiding the news media.
Tonight, Fox News’ Bret Baier showed why Romney doesn’t do too many interviews. It took a good amount of digging for Baier to show that Romney really has no plan to deal with the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in this country. Romney doesn’t want them hunted down. But he doesn’t want them to stay. He wants them to apply for citizenship and go home. Which they won’t do because they’re here illegally.
This Mitt Romney wasn't the calm Mitt Romney of the debates.
At times during the interview, Romney was icily peevish. He laughed mirthlessly, or denied video evidence showed him shifting his positions or suggested he was espousing clear positions – which nevertheless required clarification. When pushed, he told Baier at one point that people should read his book.
Just what everyone wants: A candidate whose positions require homework, if not a concordance.
Baier noted a few of Romney’s flip flops: climate change, abortion, immigration, gay rights.
Romney: “Your list is just not accurate. We’re going to have to be better informed about my views on issues.”
Baier pushed, noting the stances Romney has taken in previous video interviews.
Romney: “I’m glad that the Democratic ads are breaking through and you guys at Fox are seeing them.”
Baier: “Jon Huntsman has a couple ads that do the exact same thing.”
Romney: “There’s no question people are going to take snippets and things out of context and try and show there are differences where in some cases there are not.” Romney acknowledges he changed on abortion, just like Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
Baier then asked about a 2006 Bloomberg article in which Romney's immigration position seemed to conflict with his new stance.