Guest: Representative Barney Frank

By The Last Word, The Last Word - May 30, 2012

Guests: John Heilemann, Steve Kornacki, Karen Finney, Judith Grey, Rep. Barney Frank, Kevin Bleyer

LAWRENCE O`DONNELL, HOST: It`s official. Mitt Romney has won enough delegates for the Republican presidential nomination, and the general election is just about under way. But the candidates really would like just another minute to raise that billion dollars each one of them is going to need.


MITT ROMNEY (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I can assure you that if I get elected, with your help, I will make things better.

ANDREA MITCHELL, NBC NEWS: The president placed a call to Mitt Romney at 11:30 this morning.

ALEX WAGNER, MSNBC HOST: Called Governor Romney to congratulate him.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mitt Romney has clinched those much needed delegates.

CHRIS JANSING, NBC NEWS: Finally clinching the delegates needed.

MARTIN BASHIR, MSNBC HOST: Officially becoming the projected Republican nominee.

WAGNER: Welcome to the general election.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What`s on his campaign`s checklist?

WAGNER: For the Romney campaign --

UNIDENTIFIED MLE: The real priority right now is to raise money.

WAGNER: Check.

KAREN FINNEY, MSNBC POLITICAL ANALYST: He`s willing to take the big money.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They`re writing very, very huge checks.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Another priority is avoiding gaffes.

WAGNER: Check and check.

CHUCK TODD, NBC NEWS: Governor Romney put an iPhone app out. It misspelled America.

WAGNER: Hashtag failed.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: None of it matters. That`s what they think.

MITT ROMNEY (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I think as people get to know me better, they`ll -- some will like me, some won`t.

BASHIR: Romney wanted to reintroduce himself to voters.

ROMNEY: Some will like, some won`t.

BASHIR: One of the most cynical politicians of the modern era.

ROMNEY: I`m not familiar precisely with exactly what I said. But I standby what I said, whatever it was.

BASHIR: Thank goodness we`ve got that cleared up.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What Romney says, he`s held accountable for.

ROMNEY: But I standby what I said, whatever it was.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is a presidential race.

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