Romney cancels on ‘The View’

Mitt Romney will not appear on ABC's "The View" this Thursday as planned.

"Gov. Romney was supposed to be on with us this Thursday with Ann Romney," Barbara Walters announced at the end of Monday's program. "Over the weekend, his people said that he had scheduling problems and would not be coming on with us. Nor at this point did he feel that he could reschedule. We are happy to have Mrs. Romney on with us."

Walters added, "He can change his mind, and we hope he does. It would be our pleasure to have him on the program."

In the secretly-taped comments Romney made at a fundraiser earlier this year, he called the daytime show “high-risk, because, of the five women on it, only one is conservative, and four are sharp-tongued and not conservative.” 

Barack and Michelle Obama appeared on the show in late September. During that appearance Elizabeth Hasselbeck (the one conservative) announced that she had received a statement: “The Romneys would love to once more join the sharp-tongued chatter in October.”

Romney appeared on "The View" back in 2010, after the publication of his book "No Apology." Walters and Joy Behar grilled the Republican on foreign policy; Behar also called him "hunky."

Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said that the appearance "was no longer going to work in the campaign schedule, but Mrs. Romney is very excited to join the ladies of The View.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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