Video: Chris Wallace wonders when Mitt Romney will show up

posted at 11:25 am on October 31, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday’s Fox News Sunday closed on a puzzling note. Chris Wallace concluded an interview with Governor Rick Perry by noting that FNS has now interviewed every Republican presidential candidate in the field, except for one — and that one holdout is rather surprising:

With Governor Perry’s appearance, we have interviewed all the major Republican candidates in our 2012 101 series — except Mitt Romney. He has not appeared on this program or any Sunday talk show since March of 2010. We invited Gov. Romney again this week, but his campaign says he’s still not ready to sit down for an interview.

The Los Angeles Times covered the challenge almost as soon as Wallace delivered it:

Four GOP hopefuls hit the Sunday talk shows this week, a roster that did not include ostensible front-runner Mitt Romney.

The absence was pointedly noted by “Fox News Sunday’s” Chris Wallace, who concluded his one-on-one interview with Texas Gov. Rick Perry with a not particularly subtle shot at the former Massachusetts governor.

“With Gov. Perry’s appearance, we have now interviewed all the major Republican candidates in our 2012 one-on-one series except Mitt Romney. He has not appeared on any Sunday talk show since March of 2010,” Wallace said.

Doesn’t that seem odd?  Of all the GOP hopefuls in this field, Romney should be the most prepared for the Sunday talk circuit.  He’s the only candidate who has run in a presidential election before, save Ron Paul, who certainly isn’t shy about accepting interview requests.  Romney also has had a string of successfully managed debate appearances, with the exception of the last debate in which he obviously lost his cool.

It’s odd enough to skip all of the Sunday talk shows, but avoiding Fox is an even stranger decision.  Romney needs to make a case to the conservative base, which would be more likely to watch Fox on Sunday than any of the other shows.  Romney should have been working Wallace for months by now, making a case for his brand of conservatism in order to build up at least some good will among voters who might not want him as a first choice but who may well have to find a way to accept him in the end.  Why not start that process now, rather than wait for March or April, especially when some outreach might convince some to vote for him first?

Now that Wallace has openly challenged him, Romney’s not going to have much choice but to make a Sunday appearance in the near future.  It might not be on Fox — that would be too obviously a concession to Wallace at this point — but I’d expect to see Romney on a Sunday morning in November.

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Romney can win without going on the Sunday Shows.

It’s his turn.

Why are they even bothering having primaries?

portlandon on October 31, 2011 at 11:28 AM

I dont doubt Mitt will show up just which Mitt will it be this time ?

William Amos on October 31, 2011 at 11:29 AM

he’s battling for 2d place again….

keep it up Mitt. We got you right where we want you.

ted c on October 31, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Go, Chris, Go.
Hold Mittens’ feet to the fire.
And keep ‘em there.

Shirotayama on October 31, 2011 at 11:30 AM

. Romney needs to make a case to the conservative base, which would be more likely to watch Fox on Sunday than any of the other shows.

No he doesn’t. Conservatives are constantly told that we will all vote for Romney, and like it because the alternative is letting Obama have a second term.

portlandon on October 31, 2011 at 11:30 AM

..yeah but he *has* appeared on Hannity a couple of times and otherwise has been all over the place.

Exit question on possible candidate shyness: Why, after Perry says he won’t do debates for a while, does Chris Wallace move his Sunday show to Texas just to interview Rick Perry?

It/they looked awkward at best yesterday.

The War Planner on October 31, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Why are they even bothering having primaries?

portlandon on October 31, 2011 at 11:28 AM

They didn’t want to listen to IA whine?

Kataklysmic on October 31, 2011 at 11:31 AM

The reason why he is not doing any Sunday Talk show is because he is Mormon. They are not allowed to “work” on Sunday. They are suppose to go to church for 2 hours (something like that), and then spend the rest of the day at home.

BroncosRock on October 31, 2011 at 11:32 AM

..just feel the love here..

The War Planner on October 31, 2011 at 11:32 AM

making a case for his brand of conservatism

I’d like to see that brand defined …

besser tot als rot on October 31, 2011 at 11:33 AM

What’s interesting with all this talk about illegal immigration is the fact that Romney’s dad was born in Mexico, in an enclave of Mormons, who fled the US after polygamy was outlawed:

GOP candidate Romney has roots in rural Mexico

Ward Cleaver on October 31, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Mitt will get to this when he takes a break from his dealings with his oppo research guys who are leaking old negative stories against Herman Cain.

I don’t like George Will (too much of an effite prettyboy for me), but his article yesterday about Mitt’s flip-flops and refusal to take a stand on anything controversial was spot-on.

molonlabe28 on October 31, 2011 at 11:36 AM

making a case for his brand of conservatism

I’d like to see that brand defined …

besser tot als rot on October 31, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Hint: its the kind you hate.

So say we all.

pseudonominus on October 31, 2011 at 11:36 AM

yeah but he *has* appeared on Hannity a couple of times

Republican candidates appear on Hannity for a tongue bath. I heard his last appearance, the day after Mark Levin almost had a stroke about Romney using “I support the 99 percenters” talk. Questions from Hannity about that: zero.

Marcus on October 31, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Mitt Romney has a plan and the first rule of the Romney Plan is Do Not Deviate From The Romney Plan. He’ll do the Sunday talkshow circuit according to a timetable established months ago–possibly years ago. The Plan is probably to put off talkshow saturation as long as possible so that Mitt’s performance–and he does well in those types of media settings–is still fresh in the minds of GOP primary voters. If Romney does them now, memories will fade and the effort is wasted.

troyriser_gopftw on October 31, 2011 at 11:37 AM

What’s interesting with all this talk about illegal immigration is the fact that Romney’s dad was born in Mexico, in an enclave of Mormons, who fled the US after polygamy was outlawed:

GOP candidate Romney has roots in rural Mexico

Ward Cleaver on October 31, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Romney’s baggage is irrelevant. Newts,Perrys,Cains,Bachmanns,& Santorums baggage is relevant.

Didn’t you get the memo?

portlandon on October 31, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Mitt Romney has been interviewed by Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly, maybe the Romney campaign have their own priorities or simply don’t want to participate in Christ Wallace agenda of electing Rick Perry.

Falz on October 31, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Romney can win without going on the Sunday Shows.

It’s his turn.

Why are they even bothering having primaries?

portlandon on October 31, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Bob Dole.

John McCain.

Mitt Romney.

Get ready for the huge blowout loss
.

tetriskid on October 31, 2011 at 11:38 AM

he’s the only candidate that could appear on THREE SUNDAY MORNING SHOWS SIMULTANEOUSLY……flip, flop and Rino could each appear without each other…..

SDarchitect on October 31, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Good luck with that, Chris. Romney’s going nowhere near anywhere where he has to explain his flip-flopping. That last stunt in Ohio cost him plenty as did his performance in the last debate when his masked slipped when he chastised his lawn-keeping service for employing an illegal alien because he was ‘running for president’ for crying out loud! He didn’t look to manly asking Anderson Cooper to call off Perry’s attack.

Heck, he may not deign to appear even if he’s sewn up the Pubbie primary. I would even think Romney would have the chutzpah to ask for copies of the questions in advance so that he can practice avoiding possibly more flip-floppery! As Brit Hume has indicated, Mittens has flipped one too many times.

Bob in VA on October 31, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Romney knows the only chance he has is to open his mouth as little as possible.

I’d vote for a doorknob before I’d vote for Romney, but I gotta admit, he’s been disciplined, sticking to his game plan.

Splashman on October 31, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Memo to Chris Wallace: please call the WAAAAAAMBULANCE!!

Khun Joe on October 31, 2011 at 11:40 AM

What a non-story. Ed is such a Perry shill. You all liked Mitt back in 2008. He’s the most electable and doesn’t need to go on Sunday shows. Perry’s a racist moron, who I was excited about, but have determined that Mitt is more conservative because he polls better against Obama.

-Mittbots

change is for suckers on October 31, 2011 at 11:41 AM

What’s with the shite load of criticisms of gop candidates after there will zero to none against the donks in 2008? This make me sick.

Blake on October 31, 2011 at 11:41 AM

The reason why he is not doing any Sunday Talk show is because he is Mormon. They are not allowed to “work” on Sunday. They are suppose to go to church for 2 hours (something like that), and then spend the rest of the day at home.

BroncosRock on October 31, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Be that as it may, what’s to stop Chris Wallace from interviewing him on a Saturday…or any other day of the week, for that matter, and pre-recording it for Sunday broadcast? It’s not like that never happens in modern journalism.

And Wallace is apparently only “nominally Jewish”. I thus have to doubt that a saturday interview recording schedule would put a dent in Wallace’s own religious schedule.

Shirotayama on October 31, 2011 at 11:42 AM

“…making a case for his brand of conservatism…”

Hahaha…

Really?

I just can’t stop laughing at the notion!

JonPrichard on October 31, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Republican candidates appear on Hannity for a tongue bath. I heard his last appearance, the day after Mark Levin almost had a stroke about Romney using “I support the 99 percenters” talk. Questions from Hannity about that: zero.

Marcus on October 31, 2011 at 11:37 AM

..point conceded.

The War Planner on October 31, 2011 at 11:47 AM

The reason why he is not doing any Sunday Talk show is because he is Mormon. They are not allowed to “work” on Sunday. They are suppose to go to church for 2 hours (something like that), and then spend the rest of the day at home.

BroncosRock on October 31, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Uh huh. But for some reason, he was allowed to “work” the Sunday shows early in the campaign, before it became clear that every time he opened his mouth he put his foot in it.

Kinda like how Perry suddenly realized his schedule was just too darn full for any more debates.

In the words of the immortal church lady, “How conveeeeeeeenient!”

Splashman on October 31, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Be that as it may, what’s to stop Chris Wallace from interviewing him on a Saturday…or any other day of the week, for that matter, and pre-recording it for Sunday broadcast? It’s not like that never happens in modern journalism.

And Wallace is apparently only “nominally Jewish”. I thus have to doubt that a saturday interview recording schedule would put a dent in Wallace’s own religious schedule.

Shirotayama on October 31, 2011 at 11:42 AM

So,..what happens if Mitt becomes president and he needs to do something presidential on Sunday,..say a national emergency? Just hold it over till Monday?

a capella on October 31, 2011 at 11:50 AM

What’s wrong, Chris? Haven’t asked anyone if they’re a flake lately?

BacaDog on October 31, 2011 at 11:52 AM

he’s still not ready to sit down for an interview.

And ready to be Republican nominee for President?

Romney should have been working Wallace for months by now, making a case for his brand of conservatism

HAHAHAHAHAHA

but I’d expect to see Romney on a Sunday morning in November.

Got better things to do on a Sunday.

I hate the inevitable BS.

antisocial on October 31, 2011 at 11:54 AM

What’s interesting with all this talk about illegal immigration is the fact that Romney’s dad was born in Mexico, in an enclave of Mormons, who fled the US after polygamy was outlawed:
GOP candidate Romney has roots in rural Mexico

Ward Cleaver on October 31, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Romney’s baggage is irrelevant. Newts,Perrys,Cains,Bachmanns,& Santorums baggage is relevant.
Didn’t you get the memo?
portlandon on October 31, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Caution: Jackasses at Work. Thanks for all you do to make conservatives look like bigoted loons.

Buy Danish on October 31, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Folks, this is tangential but I watched — with great interest — the Wallace/Perry interview and I believe that Perry has been found to be inarticulate.

This is not to say anything about his principles — conservative or otherwise. I like rick Perry and, in my heart, I truly hope this man can make a strong comeback. But, frankly, looking to the general election, I see him being stereotyped as a stumble-bum, mumbling Bush III. Moreover, showing up at debates and saying things like, “..I have a plan which I will be releasing later in the week” tends to indicate that he was/is phoning in this candidacy. To quote Paul Newman in The Sting, “When you come to a game like this, you bring your money!”

I believe that he is THE candidate that Obama would live to face.

The War Planner on October 31, 2011 at 11:59 AM

For all of you who really, really want to see Romney answer questions because you’re so certain he’ll fall on his face, here he is answering in-depth questions posed to him by the Las Vegas Review Journal just prior to the Vegas debate.

Buy Danish on October 31, 2011 at 12:00 PM

I get the impression Romney thinks he’s a shoe in. He thinks it’s his turn, his for the taking.

scalleywag on October 31, 2011 at 12:02 PM

For all of you who really, really want to see Romney answer questions because you’re so certain he’ll fall on his face, here he is answering in-depth questions posed to him by the Las Vegas Review Journal just prior to the Vegas debate.

Buy Danish on October 31, 2011 at 12:00 PM

..thank you for your comments and thank you for this!

The War Planner on October 31, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Buy Danish on October 31, 2011 at 12:00 PM

I wouldn’t mind hearing him answer questions from Chris Wallace.

a capella on October 31, 2011 at 12:04 PM

BTW, I do give Mitt kudos for having the guts to answer the housing market question correctly, and in a venue which probably didn’t want to hear it. So, he gets an attaboy for that.

a capella on October 31, 2011 at 12:07 PM

The War Planner on October 31, 2011 at 11:59 AM

If you think he stumbled in the debates and in the Wallace interview, the vid of him in N.H. (also available at yesterday’s Q.O.T.D. thread) is a complete disaster. He’s lucky the Cain harassment story is sucking up all the oxygen right now.

Buy Danish on October 31, 2011 at 12:13 PM

the vid of him in N.H. (also available at yesterday’s Q.O.T.D. thread) is a complete disaster. Buy Danish on October 31, 2011 at 12:13 PM

That was painful to watch.

a capella on October 31, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Sorry Chris you’re liberal bias isn’t well disguised.

Speakup on October 31, 2011 at 12:21 PM

That was painful to watch.

a capella on October 31, 2011 at 12:16 PM

..I agree. BuyD., like you and others here, I am sure, I do not want to nominate a candidate by tearing down the other candidates. I prefer to build them all up and then go after that incompetent sumbitch in the White House.

The War Planner on October 31, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Sorry Chris you’re liberal bias isn’t well disguised.

Speakup on October 31, 2011 at 12:21 PM

You would prefer Hannity?

a capella on October 31, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Bob Dole.

George W. Bush.

John McCain.

Mitt Romney.

Get ready for the huge blowout loss.

tetriskid on October 31, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Added one for you.

shick on October 31, 2011 at 12:40 PM

The War Planner on October 31, 2011 at 12:26 PM

I’m not in love with any of them. I feel free to criticize them all and praise them all as warranted. No point in getting all emotional about it.

a capella on October 31, 2011 at 12:41 PM

So,..what happens if Mitt becomes president and he needs to do something presidential on Sunday,..say a national emergency? Just hold it over till Monday?

Please. There are Mormon cops, doctors, nurses, firemen, etc. who all have to work on Sunday. They do it when they have to, same as anyone else.

EyeSurgeon on October 31, 2011 at 12:45 PM

I’ve seen Romney on Hannity, Orielly, and even HUCKABEE!

Chris is just upset he got nothin going but a Perry interview.

hanzblinx on October 31, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Please. There are Mormon cops, doctors, nurses, firemen, etc. who all have to work on Sunday. They do it when they have to, same as anyone else.

EyeSurgeon on October 31, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Point made? Mitt has no religious excuse for avoiding Fox News Sunday?

a capella on October 31, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Romney should have been working Wallace for months by now, making a case for his brand of conservatism in order to build up at least some good will among voters who might not want him as a first choice but who may well have to find a way to accept him in the end.

Um, what? Romney’s “conservatism” is most definitely not conservatism.

OhioCoastie on October 31, 2011 at 12:52 PM

The War Planner on October 31, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Unfortunately I don’t know any way to spin that Perry vid in his favor. I have tried to remain open-minded about him as I knew very little about him prior to his announcing his candidacy. I was warned he wasn’t a very good debater and sadly that proved true. I have defended him against the Gardisal and idiotic N-wordhead kerfuffle. But this vid is viral disaster. Of course being plastered didn’t hurt Max Baucus who is on the “super committee”, but we all know about double standards in the MSM.

Buy Danish on October 31, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Point made? Mitt has no religious excuse for avoiding Fox News Sunday?

a capella on October 31, 2011 at 12:49 PM

..what’s the over/under on Romney appearances on Wallace’s show before IA/NH? Before Super Tuesday? Before 6 November 2012? I agree with your philosophy of criticize/praise..

..I also believe that all of these guys are politicians (even Cain) and there is a political calculus involved here. On one hand, pisss off a bunch of HA commenters versus losing hundreds of votes by engaging in a hostile or unfriendly interview.

Ain’t excusing it; just understanding it.

If folks want to see Romney answer some hard questions, I suggest they follow BuyDanish’s link and watch that interview. Otherwise, one just wants to see what it’s like when someone they don’t like gets their nuts in a vice and the handle gets turned a couple of times.

Again, I can’t blame them. I’d *love* to see this happen to The Pantload. Based on the fact that he’s been skating for the past four years with the knee-pad, tongue-bathers in the MSM, I figure an auto-da-fé is in order..

The War Planner on October 31, 2011 at 1:13 PM

I wrote here that Mitt’s unwillingness to talk about SB5, combined with his refusal to appear on FNS, should be seen as just as big a deal as Gov. Perry’s considering not participating in debates.

LFRGary on October 31, 2011 at 1:20 PM

I wrote here that Mitt’s unwillingness to talk about SB5, combined with his refusal to appear on FNS, should be seen as just as big a deal as Gov. Perry’s considering not participating in debates.
LFRGary on October 31, 2011 at 1:20 PM

I linked to half a dozen items which completely debunk that assertion starting here. Nice try though.

As for not appearing on Sunday Shows – waaaahmbulance time.

Buy Danish on October 31, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Point made? Mitt has no religious excuse for avoiding Fox News Sunday?

My point is, in response to the religiously bigoted comment that prompted my response, if Mitt becomes President, he will have no difficulty with doing what he needs to do as President on a Sunday or any other day.

As to his decision not to grace Wallace with an interview yet, Wallace should ask Hannity, O’Reilly and Huckabee how they got him on. It’s not like Mitt has been avoiding TV…just Wallace.

EyeSurgeon on October 31, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Romney will win the nomination and then will lose to Obama.

Conservatives and the TEA Party will infight until it’s too late.

May all get theirs.

Schadenfreude on October 31, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Why do the Sunday shows when your competition is busy imploding? Hes smart, just stay out of the way, keep your head low and let the others destroy themselves.

nswider on October 31, 2011 at 1:53 PM

My point is, in response to the religiously bigoted comment that prompted my response, if Mitt becomes President, he will have no difficulty with doing what he needs to do as President on a Sunday or any other day.

You may be throwing down the bigot card a bit prematurely, but good to know it is in the bag of tricks, well oiled and ready.

As to his decision not to grace Wallace with an interview yet, Wallace should ask Hannity, O’Reilly and Huckabee how they got him on. It’s not like Mitt has been avoiding TV…just Wallace.

EyeSurgeon on October 31, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Guess I’ve missed the Sunday Hannity and O’Reilly shows,..not sure when the Huckster is on.

a capella on October 31, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Sorry Chris you’re liberal bias isn’t well disguised.

Speakup on October 31, 2011 at 12:21 PM

You would prefer Hannity?

a capella on October 31, 2011 at 12:38 PM

I prefer that Chris Wallace show the same passion in “drilling down” for Democrats as he does for Republicans and give Republicans the same level of credit in interviews he does for Democrats.

He’s quite avid in pursuing root canal work when it comes to Conservatives and limits his drill work to fillings for liberals.

I might assume he’s too concerned with his standing among the members of journolist but I don’t give a damn about his reasons I want the bias to go away.

Speakup on October 31, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Romney is doing what he does well- leads from behind by hiding under his desk!!!

karenhasfreedom on October 31, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Romney is doing what he does well- leads from behind by hiding under his desk!!!

karenhasfreedom on October 31, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Yeah, we can’t find a decent candidate. Palin is hiding in Alaska, Perry is hiding from the debates, Cain is….well Cain isn’t hiding.

csdeven on October 31, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Buy Danish on October 31, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Wait a minute…. wasn’t that video a joke? I thought someone edited that to make him sound drunk just like that Bush video.

csdeven on October 31, 2011 at 3:05 PM

The reason why he is not doing any Sunday Talk show is because he is Mormon. They are not allowed to “work” on Sunday. They are suppose to go to church for 2 hours (something like that), and then spend the rest of the day at home.

BroncosRock

Wasn’t he a Morman in March of 2010? In other words, BS. And if it were true, guess what? He can’t be president then. Being the leader of the free world is a 24/7 job….that includes Sundays.

xblade on October 31, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Wait a minute…. wasn’t that video a joke? I thought someone edited that to make him sound drunk just like that Bush video.
csdeven on October 31, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Maybe they need to release the full vid, unedited.

Buy Danish on October 31, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Okay, here’s the full vid. Watching it now – if the first few minutes are any indication I’m not seeing much (if any) of an improvement. What’s with the bizarre phrases (“I want to love on you”), weird eye-rolling, lip movements, and so forth? Just ugh.

Buy Danish on October 31, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Wallace has become quite the tool … playing gotcha with everybody. We don’t even watch Fox News Sunday anymore and had been tuning in since the glory days of Tony Snow.

I don’t blame Romney for not showing up. Brett Baier, yes. Chris Wallace, no.

shades_of_gasden on October 31, 2011 at 4:37 PM