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Interview with Mitt and Ann Romney

By Fox News Sunday, Fox News Sunday - August 26, 2012

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Special Guests: Reince Priebus, Mitt Romney, Ann Romney

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This is a rush transcript from "Fox News Sunday," August 26, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: I'm Chris Wallace, reporting from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, where a big storm and Mitt Romney are the two top stories.adsonar_placementId=1502157;adsonar_pid=150758;adsonar_ps=-1;adsonar_zw=198;adsonar_zh=170;adsonar_jv='ads.adsonar.com';

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In a "Fox News Sunday" exclusive, we'll sit down with the governor on the campaign trail, to discuss the issues and what he needs to do at the convention.

If voters take away one thing from your big acceptance speech on Thursday night, what do you want that to be?

Then, we get a rare look behind the scenes with the Romneys at their summer home in New Hampshire. You'll hear about the Romney Olympics, what goes on at the kitchen table, and the role Mrs. Romney plays in the campaign.

Do you give advice your husband advice?

ANN ROMNEY, MITT ROMNEY'S WIFE: Not on policy.

WALLACE: Do you give advice on strategy?

ANN ROMNEY: Poor Mitt, he gets advice from everybody, even me.

(LAUGHTER)

MITT ROMNEY, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I was going to say, I didn't know she didn't give advice on policy.

WALLACE It's all only on "Fox News Sunday."

Plus, the latest of a state of a presidential race.

We'll ask our Sunday panel about the GOP's big week in Tampa and how the Obama campaign plans to respond -- all right now on "Fox News Sunday."

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WALLACE: And hello again from Fox News in Tampa, site of the Republican National Convention. We are coming to you today from our skybox in the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the convention was supposed to start Monday. But a dangerous storm named Isaac headed this way has changed those plans.

The Republicans have canceled the first day of the convention and squeezed this into a three-day event starting Tuesday and there maybe more changes. Joining us now, the head of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus.

Chairman, what's the latest on Isaac and how hard is it going to hit Tampa?

REINCE PRIEBUS, REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE: Well, we don't think it will be that bad in Tampa. But some of the residual effects of the driving winds and rain, we had to make a decision that puts safety first out of the abundance of caution. Here are the couple of things that caused the decision. We couldn't be assured a really safe travel path with these huge buses over the bridges between Clearwater and Tampa. That was the first thing.

The second thing is the Secret Service took down the tents out in front of the forum. People would be standing in line in driving rain. Once those two things started to come to fruition, we had to make a decision.

WALLACE: Even if Tampa is out of the dangerous zone on Tuesday, this could be a hurricane bearing down on the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, on Louisiana and Alabama and Mississippi.

Now, four years ago, your party canceled the convention -- you were a thousand miles away in Minnesota -- because you didn't think it looked appropriate to be partying and politicking while fellow Americans were in trouble.

Could you conceivably have to cancel Tuesday as well?

PRIEBUS: No, I doubt that, Chris. I think the show is going to go on. We're going to get to business done at the RNC. We're going to nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. We're going to have a great time here in Tampa. This was done out of the abundance of caution for our delegates and guests here in Tampa.

WALLACE: But just to press this. I mean, if this storm Isaac is bearing down on the Gulf Coast or hitting the Gulf Coast, you would go ahead with the convention on Tuesday?

PRIEBUS: Well, I mean, obviously, we have to take it as it comes. I mean, we're going to be nimble. We're going to make sure that we do the right thing. Safety first.

And, obviously, we want to make sure that everyone, no matter where you are, is safe in the storm.

WALLACE: But the disposition is go ahead.

PRIEBUS: Yes. We're moving forward. But we are going to be nimble. We're going to make sure that we're smart and we're making the decisions that I think are wise for our party and our nominee.

WALLACE: What does this do to the Romney campaign if this convention is shrunk, as it certainly will be, to three days and possibly to two days?

PRIEBUS: I don't think so. I mean, I think we're going to be able to have a great convention, tell the Mitt Romney story, prosecute Obama and his promises made and promises delivered. We're not where we need to be. We need to -- we have to fire Obama and save this country. We're going to make that case, but we're going to make Mitt Romney case this week as well.

WALLACE: Yes. But Monday was going to be the contrast day when you really went after Barack Obama, you can be able to squeeze that in?

PRIEBUS: We're going to be able to squeeze in. We are meeting with the production staff today. I think most of the messaging that we were going to put out on Monday will be able to be fit in on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

WALLACE: It wasn't your idea to hold this convention.

PRIEBUS: Right.

WALLACE: Your predecessor Michael Steele. Any second thoughts about holding a convention in Florida during the middle of hurricane season.

PRIEBUS: You know, I don't think. I mean, I don't think so. To his defense, I would say we've had conventions in Miami, New Orleans, Houston, I mean, Charlotte is in the path, New York could be in a hurricane path. I don't think so.

I think that this is a great place to be. We're excited about being here in Tampa and we're about winning Florida in November.  Print  Email  Share    Recommend Tweet

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For more information, visit mrssunday.com and check out 'Mr. Sunday's Saturday Night Chicken' on Amazon.com

 

FNS Transcripts

August 26, 2012

Reince Priebus on compacted RNC schedule; Mitt and Ann Romney sit down with Chris Wallace

August 19, 2012

Gibbs: Ryan should 'thank President Obama'; Gillespie: Obama running 'fear and smear' campaign

August 12, 2012

John McCain, Debbie Wasserman Schultz react to Paul Ryan joining GOP ticket

August 05, 2012

David Axelrod defends Obama's handling of economy; Ted Cruz pulls Texas-sized upset ADVERTISEMENT Follow Fox News Sunday

Follow us on Twitter to get exclusive updates and announcements from the show!

 @FoxNewsSunday

Fox News Sunday is on Facebook! Coming Up on FNS: August 26, 2012

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