Here’s a pool report transcript from the taping of Mitt and Ann Romney’s interview with Kelly Ripa and her new co-host, Michael Strahan. The show is scheduled to air Tuesday, Sept. 18.
Mitt Romney described the night he met Ann at a party at a friend’s house. Mitt Romney was a senior in high school and Ann Romney was a sophomore.
“She caught my eye I went up to her and found she’d come with someone else. And I said to the guy she came with, you know, I live closer to Ann than you do. Can I give her a ride home for you? And he said sure.
Strahan: He fell for that?
M. Romney: Yeah, he fell for that. So, we’ve been going steady ever since then.”
Ripa: Do you have time for date nights?
Mitt Romney: Date nights. Hardly.
It was nice to be in New York together last night. That’s rare, but we typically get Sunday morning. We’re able to go to church together.
The hardest part of the campaign, the hardest part is that we’re apart more. …..We’ve been together since we were kids, really.
The best part of the campaign is all the people you meet day in and day out and their energy,
At the and of the day, I have a hard time falling asleep just because of all the people I’ve met and all the enthusiasm they pass along.”
Mitt Romney was asked what he and Obama agree on:
“We agree upon him taking out Osama bin Laden. I’m sure he glad he did that.
And I think we agree on the importance of family. I think he’s a fine husband and father and I think the role model for our nation of being a good father is a very good thing. I appreciate that. We’re concerned about schools and health care and I think the budget. We go about these things in different ways. We have different approaches to those things.”
Rapid Fire Round with the Romneys:
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! [LOTS OF LAUGHTER/Crosstalk]
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… [crosstalk] no I think for her maybe Michelle Pfieffer.
K: That’s actually perfect.
Ann: oh he’s made it easy for me, Gene Hackman.
Michael: Alright, favorite football team?
Romney: Sorry about that, Mr. Giants, but for me it’s New England patriots. [APPLAUSE]
K: What’s the most embarrassing thing besides this show you’ve ever done?
Romney: I’ll tell one of her (tells story of falling on her butt in Dubuque that you all know already)
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. [CROWD GOES NUTS]