When politicians do daytime TV, things happen. Ann and Mitt Romney taped their first daytime TV interview of the cycle today with ABC's "Live! with Kelly and Michael."
Ann revealed to Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan that she once walked in on George W. Bush getting a massage in the White House; Mitt revealed that Ann hogs the blankets and squeezes toothpaste the wrong way.
Asked to choose between Honey Boo Boo and Snooki, Romney responded, "I'm kind of a Snooki fan. Look how tiny's she's gotten. She's lost weight. She's energetic. Just her spark-plug personality is kind of fun."
And when asked what he wears to bed, Romney responded, "I hear the best answer is as little as possible."
More from the pool report is below the jump; the episode airs next Tuesday. The full transcript of the interview is here. Michael: What is your guilty pleasure?
Ann: Donuts for me.
Romney: Uh, Peanut butter sandwiches and chocolate milk.
K: Who would you pick to play each other in the movie?
Romney: Uh, let’s see. Let me think about that. For me my favorite actor is Gene Hackman, so I’d like Gene Hackman.
K: You’d like Gene Hackman to play your wife?
Romney: No to play me! Oh to play her? Oh!
K: Is this your first marital fight?
Ann: I bet Gene would really think that would be a great idea.
Romney: You know what was that movie he was in Birdcage when he… No, I think for her maybe Michelle Pfieffer.
K: That’s actually perfect.
Ann: Oh, he’s made it easy for me, Gene Hackman.
K: What’s the most embarrassing thing besides this show you’ve ever done?
Ann: We had the unbelievable pleasure of spending the night at the White House and the next morning I was like, exploring everywhere. And I was supposed to be at meetings and Mitt was like Ann you’re supposed to go, and I said no, I’m exploring. I went into one door, I was with Anita Perry by the way I’ll put blame on her. And Anita and I were like we wonder what’s behind this door? It was George Bush having a massage.
Kelly: Which George Bush?
Ann: George W., and he was covered up but I was so embarrassed that the next time I did see him I didn’t know what I was going to say to him. We were going down the elevator from the White house going to an event together and I walked up to the elevator and am just like blushing, blushing, blushing and he looks at me and he winks as he does and says, ‘I look pretty good, don’t I.’
Kelly: Who hogs the blankets?
Romney: No question about that, that’s Ann, that’s Ann. And she takes a lot more blankets than I do.
Michael: Ann, what does Mitt wear to bed?
Romney: Really? Really?
Michael: I didn’t write the question.
Romney: I hear the best answer is as little as possible.
What is your biggest pet peeve with each other?
Ann: He doesn't like the way I squeeze the toothpaste. It's just random. It's random.
Mitt: Oh, that's right. She doesn't go from the bottom and work up and she leaves the top off.
Kelly: She's busy. She raised your five sons.
Mitt: I put up with a lot. Woody Allen said that 95% of history is explained as a man trying to impress a woman. And that's true in my life. My life is trying to impress Ann so I make very little out of the fact that she squeezes the toothpaste from the middle.
Ann: Oh, about Mitt. Let's see. There can only be one? Sometimes it's how often can we keep going over this is a problem or that's a problem. Like, ok, keep looking at the good side.
Kelly: I heard your second favorite was Kelly & Michael. I heard that. Maybe it was just in my own head. Do you keep up with the Kardashians?
Ann: Who keeps up with the Kardashians? Who can keep up with the Kardashians?
Michael: Ok the most serious question of all? Honey Boo Boo or Snookie?
Kelly: Do you know who either of these are?
Mitt: I'm kind of a Snooki fan. Look how tiny's she's gotten. She's lost weight. She's energetic. Just her spark-plug personality is kind of fun.
Kelly: I'm going to pick one more last one. Does Mitt sing in the shower?
Ann: No, but he sings. We horseback ride, trail ride sometimes. And as soon as he puts his leg over the saddle, sits on that horse, out it belts.
Kelly: Wow -- good for you. What's his go-to karakoke song?
Ann: Well, it's Western. Especially if we're riding, you know, trails on the mountains.
Mitt: Absolutely, absolutely.