How does she explain to widows of war dead that neither her husband nor any of her five sons served in the military?
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,” the GOP first-lady hopeful said pointedly, scoring off “The View” den mother, Barbara Walters, something good in reply to Babs’s abortion question. Point made, Romney then added that she’s “happy to say” she’s “pro-life.”
Speaking for her husband, who is the former governor of Massachusetts, Romney said: “Mitt has always been a pro-life person. He governed, when he ran, as a pro-choice, but when a decision came 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 last weekend to cancel, citing scheduling issues, Babs reported on Monday’s episode.
The much-anticipated visit was booked last month, after Mother Jones released a tape of Romney at a private fundraiser saying that, among the TV talk shows he would avoid during the campaign, “The View” fell into the “high-risk” category, “because, of the five women on it, only one is conservative, and four are sharp-tongued and not conservative.”
But it was not to be. So Thursday morning, Ann Romney was on the couch in one of her trademark red dresses, surrounded by “The View”-esses.
“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 insisted, looking directly at Babs.
Babs simpered. The other ladies giggled.
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,” Romney replied.
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. “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.”