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Mike Wallace Interviews Mitt Romney for 60 Minutes

Drudge is reporting on the 60 Minutes interview and has a few details. Mitt discusses his faith as well as his criticisms of the Bush Administration's handling of the Iraq war:

"I think the administration made a number of errors," he tells Wallace. "I don't think we were adequately prepared for what occurred. I don't think we did enough planning. I don't think we considered the various downsides and risks," says Romney.

He says President Bush isn't the only one to blame. "He's the person where the buck stops, but it goes through the secretary of defense and the planning agencies, the Department of State -- it's the whole administration," Romney says. "They made mistakes... and we're paying for those mistakes."

The president's "surge" policy of putting additional troops into Iraq may never work, says Romney, but it deserves a chance. "We're going to know in a matter of months if it's working or not working."

Romney acknowledges that voters may have a problem with his religion's history of polygamy. "That's part of the history of the church's past that I understand is troubling to people," he says. The practice, outlawed before 1900, is equally troubling to him. "I have a great-great grandfather. They were trying to build a generation out there in the desert and so he took additional wives as he was told to do. And I must admit, I can't image anything more awful than polygamy," he tells Wallace.

Romney's wife, Ann, who converted to the Mormon Church before they were married, is also interviewed. When asked whether they broke the strict church rule against premarital sex, Romney says, "No, I'm sorry, we do not get into those things," but still managed to blurt out "The answer is no," before ending that line of questioning.

Mike Wallace is so crass. I can't believe he asked them if they engaged in premarital sex. That's none of his damn business, and Romney shouldn't have answered.


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Comments (49)

He probably felt that after... (Below threshold)

He probably felt that after it was out there that if he didn't answer he'd be looking like he was evading or covering something up. But, I agree with you it is none of Mike Wallace's business. I wonder how his relationship with the President of the LDS church is going to fare after a question like that...?

"I can't image anything ... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"I can't image anything more awful than polygamy"

That's kinda dumb. I can think of a lot of things more awful then polygamy.

"When asked whether they broke the strict church rule against premarital sex"

I wonder if extreme, far-leftist Wallace would ask that of Barack or Hillary? It is after all against "strick church rule" in practically every Christian religion and Hillary and Barack are supposed to be Christian so by it should be fair game now for any reporter to ask them that.

Mitt.is doing this for a re... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

Mitt.is doing this for a reason...exposure...
When Clinton appeared way back..and questions about his "fooling around" were raised...
by the way here is crass..all you "All we are saying is give surge a chance" folks..from today's news..
Military Fatalities: By Month
Period US UK Other* Total Avg Days
5-2007 33 2 0 35 3.5 10
4-2007 104 12 1 117 3.9 30
3-2007 81 1 0 82 2.65 31

Yep..dang moonbats, Dems without a plan and Mike Wallace..responsible for this...

R.I.P. ...those braver than anyone here who are dying over there..

I can't wait to see the rab... (Below threshold)
average wizbang poster:

I can't wait to see the rabid moron base of the GOP who doesn't believe in evolution go after Mitt for simply just being a Mormon and Rudy for being pro choice.

This should be fun.

Out of ten GOP candidates running for president, 3 admitted they don't believe in science. How charming.

Nogo you know, unless you a... (Below threshold)

Nogo you know, unless you are totally stupid or insane or both that he democrats are in fact responsible for the deaths in Iraq. Anyone that wants to do damage to the United States only has to listen to all of the dims that can get their mouth close to a Mike to hear the support the dims are giving to the terrorists. Just hang in there boys, kill some more Americans and we'll guarntee you a win. Every terrorists leader reads streight from the DNC talking points. Open your ears and listen. The sad fact is that the families of the democrats will suffer as much or more (since most live in large city slums) than anyone else when the attacks on the U.S. start and everyone knows they will start.

Mike and Chrissie Wallace. Two peas in a pod, or the nut fell close to the tree. BDS definitely progresses to insanity.

When will the call for Dirty Harry, Howling Howie and the governor of Ks to resign come from the democrat leaders? Do they have any leaders? I'm sure Peeeloshi will be indicted for treason any day. Step up antique MSM and save yourself by telling the truth. Otherwise the slide into the sewer will continue. No readers and no viewers isn't a good position for anyone in the information business.

nogo... i hate to intrude h... (Below threshold)

nogo... i hate to intrude harsh reality on you... but hillary and most of the democrats voted for the war... so they own it a bit, too... but mitt never cast a single vote in favor of it... not once... not even in ellipses... or in a runon sentence... never... so what's your problem... sorry, that's too vague... you got tons of problems... what's your problem with mitt?


I'm sure Peeeloshi will ... (Below threshold)
average wizbang poster:

I'm sure Peeeloshi will be indicted for treason any day.

You are the best comedian here, scrapiron.

I agree, Kim. Sex is sacre... (Below threshold)

I agree, Kim. Sex is sacred between a man and his wives.

He should have asked about the 'White Salamander'


Maybe they shouldn't have a... (Below threshold)

Maybe they shouldn't have answered such an inappropriate question, but I wouldn't want to deal with the speculation that would have been brought on by not answering.

I can't believe he asked th... (Below threshold)

I can't believe he asked them that question. It makes Mike Wallace look bad and it will get a lot of people on Mitt's side.

Good! I love it when their tactics backfire. Yeeehaw.

Does anal sex count? How a... (Below threshold)
average wizbang poster:

Does anal sex count? How about blowjobs and handjobs?

Nogo, I guess if the Democr... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Nogo, I guess if the Democrats have their way, if a voluteer soldier cuts his finger during a mission that will be reason to call it quits. Which war that has lasted anywhere near as long as this one and is as important as this one (I guess you think 215 billion barrels of oil to our enemies is not worth fighting for) for the future of the Middle East as well as our National security has had as few casualities as this one? You are a defeatist Bushhating MFer. I hope when al Qaeda comes here, and they are comming. They will follow our troops back home. That they get you first. A televised beheading of Nogo Postal. Sounds like a pay per view event.

I can't image anything more... (Below threshold)

I can't image anything more awful than polygamy"

"Can't imagine?" What an airhead. Polygamy is low on the sliding scale, I guess, but he's equating it with things that are way, WAY worse. But he can't "imagine" what.

The guy really IS an alien. Being driven by an anthropod just behind his sinus cavity.

Actually I can't imagine an... (Below threshold)

Actually I can't imagine anything worse than Spam and Millers beer. They are both a lot worse than Polygamy.

hope when al Qaeda come... (Below threshold)
average wizbang poster:

hope when al Qaeda comes here, and they are comming. They will follow our troops back home.

Man you people here never cease to amaze me with your paranoid stupidity.

Geez, I know I do it too at... (Below threshold)

Geez, I know I do it too at times but "worst thing I can imagine" is in the context of the question of marriage, family and polygamy. In that context there are things I think are worse, but in practice polygamy is pretty dang bad. It's associated, in modern practice, with very abusive situations including a good deal of incest. (Considering that polygamists are breaking the law as well as disobedient to the church, it's going to self select for a certain type of man.)

If they are really small al... (Below threshold)

If they are really small al Qaeda, they could hide in our troops gear.

Dims are so transparent, an... (Below threshold)

Dims are so transparent, and hypocritical.

They dont want a debate on Fox, because they are afraid of Brit Hume, yet they feel its OK to spew their hateful crap like this old fossil from CBS.

Think any of these spineless babykilling fag loving socialist unethical lying libbies would allow a debate where conservatives would pose the questions with a GOP operative as moderator?

spineless babykilling fa... (Below threshold)
average wizbang poster:

spineless babykilling fag loving socialist unethical lying libbies

Sure you didn't leave something out?

Mike Wallace is a typical l... (Below threshold)
tom c:

Mike Wallace is a typical liberal asking stupid gotcha questions. I wonder if he would ask Hillary if she swings both ways, or Obama if he has been faithful to his wife while on the campaign trail.

Absurdity should work for all.

I wanted to share my experi... (Below threshold)
Mike Wallace:

I wanted to share my experiences at buggering when I was 17. That was when I found out I like boys, girls as well as goats. I can't wait to retire from 60 minutes so I can head to my goat farm and chase goats and little friends with Michael Jackson. Just us two Mikes. Mit didn't seem too interested, but oh well, I never had a mormon do me, but I was willing.

Love you all,

Mike Wallace

R.I.P. ...those braver t... (Below threshold)

R.I.P. ...those braver than anyone here who are dying over there..

Okay, jerk, you got my Irish side up, and that's not pretty.

I happen to be disabled, ya moron! I tried to follow my father into the Navy (he was in Korea), but they won't take me (I honestly didn't have much hope that they would, but I wanted to ask anyway, so I did).

That's probably more than YOU have ever done for your nation, ya couch potato!

Take your self-righteous sanctimony back to DU, where you'll be in the company of your peers.

"3 admitted they don't b... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"3 admitted they don't believe in science"

That was a loaded far leftist "question".

Facts: Very simple life forms first appeared on Earth. Over a very, very long time life forms evolved into the millons of species we have today. Genetic mutation and natural selection were largely responsible for the process.

Leftist Religion: Life started in a pool of ooze by primative simple organic molecules happening to all be in the perfect place at the right time. Over the millenia, through natural, random genetic mutation and natural selection those very simple life forms evolved into the diversity we have today.

Theist Religion (except for a handful of extremists who take Genesis literally): An intelligent designer planted the first very simple life forms on Earth many, many years ago. Over the millenia, while natural selection played a large role in diversification within familes, genuses, and species, that intelligent designer directed the evolution of those first living things into the diversity of life we have today.

AWP, when you say: "3 admitted they don't believe in science." what your saying is that they didn't believe in your religion. Not science. At least I doubt the three that raised their hands believed Genesis literally and didn't belive that life gradually evolved on Earth. I could be wrong, but there are some pretty big nuts on both sides.

"When Clinton appeared w... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"When Clinton appeared way back..and questions about his "fooling around" were raised"

In my opinion, there's a world of difference between pre-marital sex and adultery. But that's just my opinion. To me adultery demonstrates a lot about character and integrity of the person.

Now I have to admit that both are against "strick church rule" but I'm not too big on churches anyway. I don't care if someone's had pre-marital sex but I do care if they comit adultery.

Well at least he didn't tel... (Below threshold)

Well at least he didn't tell the old gasbag Wallace that 10,000 people died in a Kansas town of 1,600.

I believe in science.... (Below threshold)

I believe in science.

I don't believe in a lot of scientists.

Intelligent people will see the point I am making.

Does Mike Wallace ask Musli... (Below threshold)

Does Mike Wallace ask Muslims if they ever ate ham?
What's the point?

nogo postal apparently was ... (Below threshold)

nogo postal apparently was only up to one assinine posting...then it was medication time.

The left is so vacuous, morons like "nogo postal" come in, post one off-topic piece of crap and then skip away.

They have no ideas, they have no class, and they have no brains.

Luckily they have a Nanny-State that promises to care for their every hedonistic wish! Of course, when these "useful idiots" bring about the end of this country, the NEW rulers will quicly kill them all. But until then...it's party time!

"When Clinton appeared way ... (Below threshold)

"When Clinton appeared way back..and questions about his "fooling around" were raised"

Thankfully, PB had some charity and tried to form a coherent thought for NGP.

I don't recall Bill Clinton ever being asked a direct question on the subject. I remember '60 Minutes' being satisfied with the dodge of (from memory) ' I have caused pain in my marriage'.

I don't know why anyone would ask - or answer that type of question.

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Maybe Goodling will talk ab... (Below threshold)

Maybe Goodling will talk about McNulty backstabbing Gonzales, later today.

No Murphy, they will come a... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

No Murphy, they will come across the southern border dressed like Mexicans. Instead of smuggling pot, they will bring C4 and detonators if not something more potent. That Ft. Dix bunch had ties to Kosovo. Think we backed the wrong group there? Paranoid. Let see. They hold parades where they chant death to America. They call us the great satan. They use kamakazi tactics and you are not afraid of them. They think that if they die killing you, they get 72 virgins(not your sister) in heaven. That it is OK to rape a woman who is not vailed. They kill queers. You sure you want to side with them?

Jay Tea asked:>>what... (Below threshold)
Paul Hamilton:

Jay Tea asked:
>>what's your problem with mitt?

He's completely reversed all his old political positions in an effort to pander to the religious fanatics. I'm sure that hypocrisy is a sin in the LDS faith just as much as the others.

Incidentally, I find it a little odd that you guys wanted all sorts of goofball questions asked of Hillary, but I guess you figure Romney will get the vapors if someone asks him about S-E-X...

Uh "Paul Hamilton" shouldn'... (Below threshold)

Uh "Paul Hamilton" shouldn't you be back over on "blue" to help poor old "Lee Ward" answer the tons of posts you and he get with your cut and paste articles" he he

JT, I don't know if your co... (Below threshold)

JT, I don't know if your comment was purposely mitigated but the troops would not be in Iraq at all had the democrats and republicans not approved the invasion. Not one boot on the ground would be there. The lefties can deny all they want, but there team owns the war as much as the republican team. ww

I'm sure that hypocrisy ... (Below threshold)

I'm sure that hypocrisy is a sin in the LDS faith just as much as the others.

I guess all those Dems who voted for things that they now decry, like a certain armed conflict, are also sinners, aren't they?

Sauce for the goose, Mr. Hamilton.

"He's completely reverse... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"He's completely reversed all his old political positions"

That's a lie. He "John Kerry" at least one position on a very critical issue (which is why I don't support him) but to say he "completely reversed all" is dishonest or at best very very ignorant.

That's why I like this page better than Wizbang Blue- at least the authors here are intelligent, informed, honest, and sincere. The Blue authors like Paul? Not so much...

I wish that Superstition in... (Below threshold)

I wish that Superstition in Religion exciting superstition in Politicks...may never blow up all your benevolent and phylanthropic Lucubrations,... but the History of all Ages is against you.

John Adams to Jefferson.

I can't image anyt... (Below threshold)
Eric Forhan:
I can't image anything more awful than polygamy

I think he just blew it with the libertarians ...

JHow: Call it cut-and-past... (Below threshold)
Paul Hamilton:

JHow: Call it cut-and-paste if you will. I see it as "we report, you decide." Feel free to come over and post a comment, and I'll be happy to reply.

C-C-G: You got it exactly right. I have opposed this war from the beginning. Just about all the Democrats in congress voted to cover their political asses rather than voting their conscience or their common sense.

I can't image anything m... (Below threshold)

I can't image anything more awful than polygamy

It seems that many of you are missing the point of what he was saying here. Have you ever thought of the implications of polygymy? I would imagine that supporting multiple families financially, emotionally, and spiritually would be quite taxing; and more than most would be willing or able to handle.

It's hard to believe that M... (Below threshold)
John r. Smith:

It's hard to believe that Mike Wallace has stooped as low as an National Enquirer reporter.
No wonder CBS is in the cella.

The way it works in Islam, ... (Below threshold)

The way it works in Islam, Drew, is that functionally, only the prosperous have more than one wife, because each wife is supposed to be supported equally. The calculus is, though, that for every wife more than one a prosperous man has, a less prosperous man must be promised virgins in heaven, and that probably is an unimaginable evil.

At the very least, an evil with unintended consequences. Allah, you see what you've let that puppy get away with? Now straighten him out, or suffer the inevitable consequences.

I don't see anything hypocr... (Below threshold)

I don't see anything hypocritical about someone changing their view from being personally against abortion but in favor of legalized abortion to that of being someone against legal abortion. To say this is hypocrisy and label it as some sort of sin is to declare that people aren't allowed to listen to new ideas and change their minds. It is cute to hear people from the left call this hypocrisy, when we all know that they preach to everyone about the importance of being "open minded." I'd wager to say that it is hypocrisy, in fact, to simultaneously hold the view that human beings should be open minded to new ideas and also call Mitt Romney a hypocrite.

Is Wallace gonna ask Hillar... (Below threshold)

Is Wallace gonna ask Hillary that question about premarital sex? And after she answers, is he gonna ask her about Bill?

I believe that Mitt was ref... (Below threshold)

I believe that Mitt was referring to having more than one mother-in-law when saying how "awful" polygamy is.

Mr. Romney, was awesome. I... (Below threshold)

Mr. Romney, was awesome. I think he shows he really cares about the US, and wants to make changes for the better. I for one think he's the perfect kind of man for the job. He's smart, loyal, charming, and enjoys what he is doing. What a great family too! We need a president we can be proud of, and one we can trust!

Romney's chicks"Mitt... (Below threshold)
I think it would be pretty ... (Below threshold)
clara moorman:

I think it would be pretty useless to ask HC if she and Bill had sex prior to their marriage when it has been printed repeatedly that they had lived together. I wonder if Mike Wallace had sex prior to his marriage. I don't thinkt hese are very useful questions. What would have happened if before a person married, perhaps she or he didn't live by Christian virtues later adopted in life?






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