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Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 10/18/2012

Ann Romney visits ‘View’ Mitt-less


Ann Romney (Dan Marschka - AP)

One week after vanquishing an overtly hostile kitchen on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” GOP First Lady hopeful Ann Romney bravely rushed in again where her husband feared to tread, sitting down with the sharp-tongued non-conservative Ladies of ABC’s daytime talker “The View.”

What are her views on abortion, The Ladies demanded to know.

How does she explain to widows of war dead that neither her husband nor any of her five sons served in the military?

If her husband does not win, will she endure another political race?

and,

Why doesn’t she watch TV?

“The good news is I’m not running for office and I don’t have to say what I feel,” Ann Romney said pointedly, scoring off “The View” den mother Babs Walters something good, in re Babs’ abortion question. Then, Romney added, she’s “happy to say” she’s “pro life.”

Speaking for her husband, Ann Romney said, “Mitt has always been a pro-life person. He governed — when he ran, as a pro choice, but when a decision across his desk…to use embryos for experimentation, he could not have [that] on his conscience — creating human life for experimentation. And that’s when he came out with an editorial saying he was pro life.”

Mitt Romney was scheduled to speak for himself on Thursday’s “The View, but his camp called over the weekend to cancel, citing scheduling issues, Babs had reported on Monday’s episode.

The much-anticipated visit was booked last month, in the wake of Mother Jones releasing a tape of Romney at a private fundraiser in May saying that, among the TV talk shows he would avoid during the campaign, “The View” is “high-risk because, of the five women on it, only one is conservative, and four are sharp-tongued and not conservative.”

The next morning, The Ladies of “The View” had giddily jumped all over Romney’s crack, wondering if he couldn’t handle four sharp-tongued women, how he planned to handle the country. That’s when the show’s conservative, Elisabeth Hasselbeck jumped in with a statement from the candidate, noting he’d previously had a wonderful visit to the show…

“Before he was a candidate,” Babs and Joy Behar jumped in simultaneously, like some Sharp-Tongued Greek Chorus.

…and would love to return to the show in October.

But, it was not to be. So here sat Ann Romney on the couch, in one of her trademark red dresses, surrounded by “The View”-esses, after having given each a hug.

“We wish we had the governor on as well,” Babs began, recounting the “sharp-tongued non-conservative gag” he’d made “when he didn’t think he was being heard” except by campaign contributors in private.

Ann Romney corrected Babs. “He said ‘sharp and YOUNG’,” she said, looking directly at Babs.

Babs simpered. The other ladies giggled. Ann Romney had found their Achilles heel. They were practically putty in her hands.

“You’re a wonderful advocate for your husband, I have to say,” Babs cooed moments later. “Whatever your point of view — this is a terrific lady.”

It was Whoopi Goldberg who asked about the Romney men’s military record.

“I believe your religion does not allow you to fight,” Whoopi began.

“No, that is not true. We have many members of our faith serving in the armed services,” Ann Romney interrupted.

Whoopi said she’d read somewhere that the reason Mitt Romney did not serve in the military “in Vietnam was because it was against the [Mormon] religion.”

“That is not correct. He was…serving his mission,” Mitt’s wife said. “And my five sons have also served missions…So we find different ways of serving and my five boys and my husband did serve missions and did not serve in the military.”

“I sent them away boys and they came back men,” she said of her sons’ two-year “missions” with their church.

“And what the difference was, and I think this is where military service is so extraordinary too, where you literally do something where you're helping someone else, you're going outside of yourself, and you're working and helping others.”

Babs had noted earlier Ann Romney brought one of her five sons along today; Josh is in the audience.

Babs also noted Ann believes her husband is going to win this race. But, if he doesn’t, she asked Romney’s wife of 43 years, would that be the end of his political career.

“Absolutely,” Ann Romney responded. “He will not run again – nor will I do anything like that.”

Earlier in the chat, Romney also touched on this theme.

“I did not want to do this again,” she said of the process of getting elected to the White House.

“This was a very hard thing for me to decide to go forward again…for the family to have to go through this. The children have a hard time with it. I have a hard time with it. And yet I felt as though there was something my husband could offer this country that was uniquely his, that he could bring better economic hope and prosperity to women and men and all Americans.”

Josh got asked about his brother, Tagg, having told a radio talk show host this week he wanted to take a swing at President Obama during Tuesday night’s second presidential debate.

“I’m sure President Obama has nothing to worry about,” Josh said from his seat in the front row of “The View” studio.

“It’s hard…to see your dad get beat up. There is no one you care about more than your dad.”

“Except mom,” he added, hastily.

“You really don’t like to see your dad get beat up by the media, or [President Obama],” Josh said, adding he was sure it was something Tagg said “off the cuff, and I’m sure he didn’t mean it.”

And last, but not least, Ann Romney acknowledged she does not watch TV, but insisted she’s “a big TV fan.”

First, she said it was because “I haven’t had time to watch it.”

Then she acknowledged, “I don’t want to watch the ads.”

And by ads, she means campaign ads. In swing states.

“Are the American people sick of the ads?” she asked.

“The audience in swing states are sick of them,” she said, answering her own question.

And, apparently, she is too. Because, it appears, they put her in a bad place.

“I just opted to stay in a good place,” she explained.

“A happy place. A positive place,” she continued.

“I don’t watch television for the moment.”

By  |  12:54 PM ET, 10/18/2012

 
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