Video: Mitt Romney takes hostile fire on Today

posted at 1:10 pm on January 30, 2008 by Bryan

Just a reminder that Mitt Romney isn’t going anywhere. The delegate math isn’t impossible and there’s a debate tonight. That’s a chance for a knockout if Mitt has that punch in him.

On the Today Show this morning, he took some adversarial questions from Meredith Viera, a host who is not a non-partisan when it comes to politics.


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Wow, she really enjoyed that! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more smug or satisfied look on a reporter’s face.

JustTruth101 on January 30, 2008 at 1:17 PM

McCain wouldn’t have been nearly so gracious if their positions were reversed.

Bugler on January 30, 2008 at 1:21 PM

I’m in Fla…

I voted for Mitt….(although I was figuring Rudy several months ago, but that faded due to his lack of “fire in the belly”(sic)…

I resented that Crist and Martinez, both who have proved themselves worthless R.I.N.O.’s, endorsed their buddy…..

Just this morning, my retired irish new york DemoCrap neighbor ONCE AGAIN saluted my American flag nazi style…..

God…..PLEASE…let a conservative retain the WhiteHouse…..

awesum on January 30, 2008 at 1:21 PM

What time is the debate and what channel?
Thanks for the video. Always enjoy seeing Romney.

CABE on January 30, 2008 at 1:21 PM

She reminds me of the anchor who interviewed the Australian Spicoli. I kept expecting her to tell Mitt to take off his glasses and take a look at himself.

krabbas on January 30, 2008 at 1:21 PM

Naw – she’s not partisan at all!

C’mon Mitt – save us from the charging RINO!

rockbend on January 30, 2008 at 1:25 PM

Meredith Viera is a moron. She’s obviously doing someone to maintain her employment…

D2Boston on January 30, 2008 at 1:25 PM

She might as well go back to The View.

Brat on January 30, 2008 at 1:25 PM

See you en tea.

omnipotent on January 30, 2008 at 1:29 PM

I guess the internet hasn’t turned out to be the force we thought it might be in this cycle. The MSM will, once again, pick the nominees and our President. Oh well, maybe next time, if we’re still able to voice our opinion on our computers, that is.

ChrisM on January 30, 2008 at 1:29 PM

With “reporting” like that, I am amazed we ever think of the media as being heavily slanted to the left and populated by left wing radicals.

benrand on January 30, 2008 at 1:32 PM

good… luck next week…

Contain that enthusiasm woman!!

SkinnerVic on January 30, 2008 at 1:32 PM

Just a reminder that Mitt Romney isn’t going anywhere.

Namely he’s not going to the Oval Office.

Just as us (former) Fredheads held out a somewhat unrealistic hope that Fred would make a strong enough showing in IA and SC to have a chance, Romney supporters are now holding out hope that Mitt will rebound.

In the end, the result will be largely the same. Prepare for heartache, Romniacs.

Hollowpoint on January 30, 2008 at 1:33 PM

Meredith Viera is a moron. She’s obviously doing someone to maintain her employment…

D2Boston on January 30, 2008 at 1:25 PM

Scabby knees?

Geronimo on January 30, 2008 at 1:36 PM

I wish Mitt would have taken that silver medal from Florida and shoved it up her @ss!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 30, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 30, 2008 at 1:41 PM

She could probably fit the whole Florida panhandle up her…errr…I believe you said it best.

CABE on January 30, 2008 at 1:44 PM

The media has loved McCain for at least 12 years and is against anybody that gets in his way.

The whole time Mitt was leading in the delegate count, all we heard from the MSM was “Front-runner John McCain….”

He’ll protect us from jihadis but wreck the economy and eliminate the borders.

Just. Great.

rockbend on January 30, 2008 at 1:44 PM

He’ll not protect us from jihadis but by wrecking the economy and eliminating the borders.

rockbend on January 30, 2008 at 1:44 PM

Fixed that for you…

SkinnerVic on January 30, 2008 at 1:47 PM

“In the end, the result will be largely the same. Prepare for heartache, Romniacs.”

Hollowpoint on January 30, 2008 at 1:33 PM

How can a hollow space encapsulated by metal know what the future brings?
So, in HP’s mind, anyone who’s a true conservative is reduced to a “Romniac” by your stagnant intellect? If you could smell the air in your hollowpoint it just might be the not-so-delicate bouquet of John McAmnesty’s boxers on a hot day in Yuma.

Time to drop a McCainiac eff-bomb, my friend; that’s your only option with the HP mentality.

Christine on January 30, 2008 at 1:50 PM

I wonder how many idiots actually altered their vote on the basis of a negative robocall? And of those idiots, how many actually made the trip to the voting booth?

Look, in the end the GOP rank & file will make the call. Are they smart enough to discount the elite-media spin? Are they smart enough to see through all the crap about Mitt being “plastic” or “too smooth” or “too Mormon (not that there’s anything wrong with that!)” or “too little too late” or whatthehell ever? God I hope so. But a lot of it also depends on Mitt. He needs to ease up on the canned messaging (e.g., “Washington is broke”; “Economics is in my DNA” etc.) and just make his case in as direct and strong a way as possible. He is clearly the best GOP fit, but does he have what it takes to cut through the media haze and give McCain a good smack up the side of the head?

Go Mitt!!

argos on January 30, 2008 at 1:55 PM

Christine on January 30, 2008 at 1:50 PM

Don’t shoot the messenger, Sweetcakes- the facts is the facts no matter how much any of us might wish otherwise.

Hollowpoint on January 30, 2008 at 1:59 PM

They smell blood in the water, and you know who they are rooting for.

AbaddonsReign on January 30, 2008 at 2:02 PM

UUUUU, I just got a flash from the past: John Dean getting all excited when he won New Hampshire, was it? Who is to say that THAT won’t happen to McCain?
The reason Romney lost Florida (and the Demos are so happy he did) is that the Demos and their media conspired to promote McCain because they know he can’t win.
If we give up and let them roll over Romney because he isn’t a Repub insider, we have lost the war already.
I certainly hope HP’s comments aren’t indicative of more than a few posters here in hotair heaven.

Christine on January 30, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Just as us (former) Fredheads held out a somewhat unrealistic hope that Fred would make a strong enough showing in IA and SC to have a chance, Romney supporters are now holding out hope that Mitt will rebound.

In the end, the result will be largely the same. Prepare for heartache, Romniacs.

Hollowpoint on January 30, 2008 at 1:33 PM

The difference is that Fred’s campaign imploded from the get go. Mitt’s has gained steadily. He has much more support from conservatives, he is motivated to win (unlike Fred who wanted it gift wrapped), he has the endorsements, the organization, and the money to continue.

So no, we are not like the Fredheads. Those who support Mitt have every reason to be hopeful based on the facts and not the wishful thinking the Fredheads employed.

Mitt’s problems are multifaceted. He is weak on the military. He is not very personable. He is viewed as a flip-flopper. He’s a Mormon.

McLiars problems are even worse, but for some reason he is given a pass by many primary voters. I wont enumerate them here, but we all know Mitt has never pushed an issue against 80% of America like McShamnesty did with the amnesty bill. But for some reason, the same people who hated his guts last summer are ready to give him the white house a year and a half later.

csdeven on January 30, 2008 at 2:09 PM

Even though he’s a little stiff, Romney comes across gracioulsy and with such class. Certainly does not present himself like the craggy old geezer McCain. I despise him and would never consider voting for him no matter how much he tries to posture himself as a conservative.

Viera is so weak. I rarely watched when Katie was on, and I took a look when Meredith was hired. She’s painfully bad.

sheesh on January 30, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Link is dead.

But just knowing who it was doing the interview I can imagine. That woman is repulsive. Plus I heard Romney doesn’t punch hippies, but when a hippie came to Romney asking him to sign a petition about the war, Romney stabbed him through the eye with the pen.

HT to http://www.imao.us/

HotAirExpert on January 30, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Hostile fire? C’mon, who are you kidding?

Viera may well be partisan, but these questions were hardly unreasonable or hostile for a candidate who had just lost a primary. She ought to have taken apart Romney’s phoney ‘conservative’ credentials, but chose not to.

Pax americana on January 30, 2008 at 2:15 PM

Here’s what I don’t get about the people who believe McCain will secure the borders when he’s president.

1) Only the congress, NOT THE PRESIDENT, can make sure it gets done.
2) McCain is effectively non-functional in the senate while he is campaigning, so he isn’t going to get anything done on securing the boarders.
3) If they think for one second that McCain will veto his very own shamnesty bill while president just because it doesn’t secure the boarders, they have their heads up their asses. That guy will sign the first POS shamnesty bill that gets to his desk.

csdeven on January 30, 2008 at 2:19 PM

JustTruth101 on January 30, 2008 at 1:17 PM

please explain it to me how this hack can be considered a reporter ????

unless reporter = left wing idiot

Mojack420 on January 30, 2008 at 2:22 PM

reporter = left wing idiot

JustTruth101 on January 30, 2008 at 2:28 PM

Just this morning, my retired irish new york DemoCrap neighbor ONCE AGAIN saluted my American flag nazi style…..

That’s justSICK
Hey, since democraps have such a wonderful sense of humor, don’t you wish you could hire a couple guys dressed in nazi garb, to beat on his door at about 2:00 in the morning and drag his azz out in the yard shouting at him in German.. That would be awsome….

kcd on January 30, 2008 at 2:32 PM

So no, we are not like the Fredheads. Those who support Mitt have every reason to be hopeful based on the facts and not the wishful thinking the Fredheads employed.
csdeven on January 30, 2008 at 2:09 PM

The facts are that McCain has momentum from consectutive wins in SC and FL and leads in delegate rich Super Tuesday states. Even in states where Huckster is doing well, Romney trails McCain.

To suggest that Romney has a shot that doesn’t involve a minor miracle is wishful thinking indeed.

Hollowpoint on January 30, 2008 at 2:34 PM

After Hillary loses a primary she comes on the Today for some home cooking. She knows that Meredith Viera and Matt Lauer are solidly in her corner. She does not have to feed Meredith or Matt the questions. THey already know what to ask her. Here is Meredith to Hillary” :Hillary, you are so brave and filled with courage yet the far right attacks you so much. How do you have the courage and fortitude to perservere in spite of these attacks? Is it because you love us so much?”

Larraby on January 30, 2008 at 2:40 PM

Just this morning, my retired irish new york DemoCrap neighbor ONCE AGAIN saluted my American flag nazi style…..

I wonder what he would think if you did goose-step right between his legs. A few times for good measure! What a piece of trash.

Torch on January 30, 2008 at 2:41 PM

did goose-step

Darn it, I meant to say did a goose-step….

Torch on January 30, 2008 at 2:42 PM

To suggest that Romney has a shot that doesn’t involve a minor miracle is wishful thinking indeed.
Hollowpoint on January 30, 2008 at 2:34 PM

Stop projecting your behavior on others.

Hope is hope, but the Mitt supporters have valid reasons to be hopeful. The Fredheads had nothing except wishful thinking. There is no comparison.

csdeven on January 30, 2008 at 2:45 PM

Hope is hope, but the Mitt supporters have valid reasons to be hopeful.
csdeven on January 30, 2008 at 2:45 PM

Name them.

Hollowpoint on January 30, 2008 at 2:50 PM

I STILL wonder how many non-registered-republicans were allowed to vote, contrary to state rules. And how many dems switched registration for the sole purpose of voting for McPrivaticator, with no intention of voting for him in the general. Sour grapes, I know, but still.

iurockhead on January 30, 2008 at 2:56 PM

Oops, shold have been McPrevaricator

iurockhead on January 30, 2008 at 2:57 PM

Hope is hope, but the Mitt supporters have valid reasons to be hopeful.
csdeven on January 30, 2008 at 2:45 PM
Name them.

Hollowpoint on January 30, 2008 at 2:50 PM

We are not you and for that we give thanks.

EJDolbow on January 30, 2008 at 3:05 PM

We are not you and for that we give thanks.

EJDolbow on January 30, 2008 at 3:05 PM

You won’t be me, but you’ll be in the same boat soon enough.

Hollowpoint on January 30, 2008 at 3:11 PM

Romney remained a pretty classy guy, in spite of her obnoxious behavior. I think he has a good chance of becoming the Republican candidate. Good luck Mitt!

sinsing on January 30, 2008 at 3:11 PM

“Che” Viera is NOT a reporter. She’s a Hostess. Like the dippy seventeen-year-old high school student that seats you at Denny’s.

Of course this analogy is an insult to dippy seventeen-year-old high school students across the nation, and to them I apologize.

Bigtime1 on January 30, 2008 at 3:23 PM

Why did Romney run to the Left of Ted Kennedy?

What infringements on our rights has Juan McCain authored?

Candidate Research – Know Who You’re Voting For ( The Easy Way ) http://tinyurl.com/2sowta

Winghunter on January 30, 2008 at 3:37 PM

Name them.
Hollowpoint on January 30, 2008 at 2:50 PM

You’re just being obtuse now. I already did name them and you ignored them.

csdeven on January 30, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Name them.
Hollowpoint on January 30, 2008 at 2:50 PM

They are enumerated in the first paragraph on my 2:09 post.

csdeven on January 30, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Isn’t that the ditz that was on the view, imo, where she belongs.

oldernslower on January 30, 2008 at 4:07 PM

I was expecting something much worse….i didnt think it was that bad.

On a separate subject, Michael Medved is a dishonest dork, imho.

At this point, Romney or Obama. No global-warming, illegal-allowing, 1st amendement-killing McCain for me.

NEVAH!!!

Roger Waters on January 30, 2008 at 4:17 PM

They are enumerated in the first paragraph on my 2:09 post.

csdeven on January 30, 2008 at 3:50 PM

LOL, no they aren’t- I only see platitudes describing why he can continue, not reasons describing why he’s anything other than a longshot.

Hollowpoint on January 30, 2008 at 4:46 PM

So no, we are not like the Fredheads.
…..
csdeven on January 30, 2008 at 2:09 PM

I forget, which stage does this represent?

theregoestheneighborhood on January 30, 2008 at 5:03 PM

Wow this guy is a great candidate!

arizonateacher on January 30, 2008 at 5:16 PM

I forget, which stage does this represent?

theregoestheneighborhood on January 30, 2008 at 5:03 PM

Denial. Definitely denial.

Soon it’ll be bargaining- begging Huckster’s supporters to vote for Romney and for Fred to endorse him. Not that it’ll do any good in bringing Mitt’s campaign back to life.

Then anger, when the realization belatedly hits them that he’s done for.

Hollowpoint on January 30, 2008 at 5:31 PM

Mitt don’t drop out, you’re our last best hope. (I can’t believe I just said that.) But seriously I’d like to have at least one option when it finally makes it to Ohio.

This process needs some revamping.

1. There is no reason why the primaries need to be held on different days. We are no longer getting the message out by horse and buggy.

2. Run off elections! That’s the only way to have a viable 3rd/4th/5th party system (which is why they will never do it) and the only way to not have a split vote. Arnold would have never been able to take take the Gov seat without it.

- The Cat

P.S. I like this guys staying power. With others out of the way it make him look even better (the bar may be lower, but at least it’s not on the floor)

MirCat on January 30, 2008 at 5:53 PM

McVain 93 delegates.

Romney 59.

Needed to win 1181.

Wow, big diff.

Where’s the “insurmountable” problem?

McVain is broke, and his most purulent lies and deceptions can be exposed in the debate.

Whack Shamnesty McBarnacle, Mitt.

profitsbeard on January 30, 2008 at 6:28 PM

I don’t really see what was so tough about that interview…? Seems like she just asked some pretty normal questions to expect. There’s no doubt she soft-balls it with the Democrats, but I think her interview with Mitt was fair – just like journalists should be.

Seixon on January 30, 2008 at 6:36 PM

LOL, no they aren’t- I only see platitudes describing why he can continue, not reasons describing why he’s anything other than a longshot.

Hollowpoint on January 30, 2008 at 4:46 PM

I never said they were reasons why he can continue. I said they were reason they have to be hopeful. And the over riding point is that when Fred was in this same position, he had NONE of those things going for him. I realize you Fredbots didn’t need those things to spouting unrealistic scenarios. But you were in serious denial, so of course you think everyone is what you were. The people who support Romney are going into this with eyes wide open. Mitt’s money, organization, delegates, and demographics he is winning, are all things that Fred NEVER had. Fred got in the race and sunk like a stone. Mitt got into the race and stayed on an upward trend. Even while losing these states he is still on upward trends. He is losing because McLiar is rising faster.

I was hoping all of the Fredheads would shun their old ways of letting their denial be the vehicle that transports them to crazy fantasy world, and for the most part that is true. But it appears that an amount of you will never stop making the trip.

Do this…..go look at Fred’s money, support, delegates won, organization, and trends. Compare them to Mitt’s and then tell me that the Mitt supporters are as bat$hit crazy as the Fredheads were. Really, go look at the raw numbers and report back.

csdeven on January 30, 2008 at 7:25 PM

Do this…..go look at Fred’s money, support, delegates won, organization, and trends. Compare them to Mitt’s and then tell me that the Mitt supporters are as bat$hit crazy as the Fredheads were. Really, go look at the raw numbers and report back.

csdeven on January 30, 2008 at 7:25 PM

No need- I only have to look at this blog and observe the Romniacs who think that he still has much of a chance. He doesn’t. That’s the point.

Hollowpoint on January 30, 2008 at 7:42 PM

I forget, which stage does this represent?

theregoestheneighborhood on January 30, 2008 at 5:03 PM

Since I am in no stage, it must be the stage you are in that is creating the bias in your opinion.

csdeven on January 30, 2008 at 7:43 PM

What does the neighbor’s being Irish and from new york have to do with it?

mikeyboss on January 30, 2008 at 8:13 PM

Just this morning, my retired irish new york DemoCrap neighbor ONCE AGAIN saluted my American flag nazi style…..

God…..PLEASE…let a conservative retain the WhiteHouse…..

awesum on January 30, 2008 at 1:21 PM

Jeez, I’m in Tampa and I’d be on the verge of a short stint in County every time he pulled that. Wonder what town you live in, I don’t see that flying too well here. I got a lib wacko next door but he’s a renter just moved down from Mass. (what a shock).

RW Wacko on January 30, 2008 at 9:21 PM

I forget, which stage does this represent?

theregoestheneighborhood on January 30, 2008 at 5:03 PM

Since I am in no stage, it must be the stage you are in that is creating the bias in your opinion.

csdeven on January 30, 2008 at 7:43 PM

Suuuure.

More seriously, I’m not writing Romney off yet. But there’s no denying his odds just got a whole lot longer.

Unless you’re in one of those famous stages….

theregoestheneighborhood on January 30, 2008 at 10:24 PM

This is no surprise,the Lib media all along rooted for
McCain,Romney to the media is just filling in their time.
The real kicker here is that,if McCain truly becomes the
Republican nominee,the Lib media within a nano-second,
virtually on the spot,on a dime will turn on McCain!

And the best part, is McCain won’t have a clue!

canopfor on January 30, 2008 at 10:59 PM

“…good luck next week sir.”

-Viera

Translation: Drop dead.

labrat on January 30, 2008 at 11:45 PM

Giuliani endorsed McCain?! (I’ve been away a while.) His judgement has just gone down a bit in my opinion.

Tzetzes on January 31, 2008 at 7:14 AM