Friday, March 11, 2011

Your World with Neil Cavuto


Undeclared GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney became quite miffed today during a brief FOX News interview with Neil Cavuto, visibly furrowing his brow several times and at one point even muttering under his breath. From the transcript:
 
Cavuto: Joining us now is former governor and possible presidential contender Mitt Romney, creator of the Massachusetts monstrosity known as Romneycare. Good afternoon, Governor. How long do we need to keep up this ridiculous pretense of calling you a possible presidential contender?
 
Romney: That's a good question, Neil. As you know, there haven't been any major candidates who have declared thus far, so it would probably be foolish of me to be the first.
 
Cavuto: Yes, but you were the first governor to establish a state-wide health care plan with an unconstitutional individual mandate. Are you saying that doesn't make you feel foolish?
 
Romney: Not at all, Neil. The needs of my state at that time are quite different from the needs of the nation at this time, so I...
 
Cavuto: But you wouldn't dispute my contention that what you did was unconstitutional, would you?
 
Romney: Yes I would, Neil. When you look at...
 
Cavuto: You probably should be in jail. Or at the very least, subject to one of those, uh, you know, where they vote you out of office before the end of your term...
 
Romney: I think recall election is the term you're searching for. We can always discuss this at another time, Neil, but I'd like to get to the topic that we had agreed to discuss.
 
Cavuto: The New Jersey presidential preference poll? I've totally lost interest in that. Back to Romneycare, I wonder if...
 
Romney: It is interesting, Neil, and it is significant. I beat out Governor Christie in his own state.
 
Cavuto: Yeah, yeah, 12 to 11 with a three point margin of error, big woof.
 
Romney: I think the significant thing...
 
Cavuto: Please, Governor, if you want to discuss this I think we should mention the follow-up, 'How would you vote if Chris Christie were a declared candidate?' He beat you 21 to 8 when it was phrased that way.
 
Romney: In all fairness, Neil, I'm an undeclared candidate also.
 
Cavuto: Oh my, aren't we the coy one. Now Governor, I wonder if you'd like to apologize to America for introducing Romneycare? David Axelrod said today, on a different network, that you were the inspiration for Obamacare...
 
Romney: He's just trying to get my goat. The Obama administration spends more time talking about me than 'Entertainment Tonight' spends talking about Charlie Sheen.
 
Cavuto: That was a pretty good line the first few times I heard it but you know, I watched 'Entertainment Tonight' yesterday and they've moved on to other things. Now the way I see it, if it wasn't for you, we wouldn't even be going through this national nightmare that is Obamacare - or maybe we should call it by it's real name, national Romneycare - if not for you.
 
Romney: That's not really fare, Neil. I was...
 
Cavuto: In a way, you could say that Romneycare is even worse that Obamacare because it was created by a Republican, which really makes you a traitor. Would it be fair to call you the Republican Benedict Arnold?
 
Romney: No it wouldn't. Listen, Neil, I prayed about it and I asked God to forgive me for what I did, and I believe He has.
 
Cavuto: Sorry. I don't think it works that way.
 
Romney: But it worked for Newt Gingrich...
 
Cavuto: Governor, Governor, Governor, you have really tried my patience here today, but before I go, let me explain a few things to you. First, that was on the Christian Broadcasting Network, and they don't really get a lot of good guests like we do here at FOX News. Secondly, unlike Romneycare, Newt was praying for forgiveness from a transgression of the flesh, while you're a Mormon. And finally, let me ask you a question. Are you a former and future employee of FOX News?
 
Romney: No. [inaudible]...
 
Cavuto: There you go. Thank you so much for appearing here today on 'Your World with Neil Cavuto', Governor Arnold.

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