Romney: Yes, I was peeved at Candy Crowley
posted at 11:25 am on January 28, 2014 by Guy Benson
Mitt Romney weighed in on the false fact-check seen ’round the world in an interview with Hugh Hewitt last night. In critiquing CNN’s Candy Crowley, Romney was his usual respectful self, but it’s clear he wasn’t pleased. He felt that she inserted herself into the debate to make a misleading point, depriving him of a key opportunity to take the president to task:
HH: Now in the film, Mitt, the conversation comes up, that sequence in the debate and Candy Crowley’s intervention in it. But the only negative word, Mrs. Romney at one point says, ‘Candy Crowley’ and sort of mutters [it] under her breath. Did you feel she was unfair at that moment in the debate?
MR: Well, I don’t think it’s the role of the moderator in a debate to insert themselves into the debate and to declare a winner or a loser on a particular point. And I must admit that at that stage, I was getting a little upset at Candy, because in a prior setting where I was to have had the last word, she decided that Barack Obama was to get the last word despite the rules that we had. So she obviously thought it was her job to play a more active role in the debate than was agreed upon by the two candidates, and I thought her jumping into the interaction I was having with the President was also a mistake on her part, and one I would have preferred to carry out between the two of us, because I was prepared to go after him for misrepresenting to the American people that the nature of the attack.
The former GOP nominee discussed Netflix’s new campaign documentary at length with Hewitt; click through to hear Romney question Charlie Crist’s integrity, discuss his favorite movie, comment on the new GOP nominating calendar, and ponder getting waxed among Hispanic voters. He also offered some advice to Chris Christie, as Democrats work overtime to negatively define the New Jersey governor in voters’ minds:
HH…That is a problem of all American media. I mean, Governor Christie right now is getting branded, and I don’t know what he does about it. What’s your advice to Governor Christie to avoid getting branded as you did in ’08 and ’12?
MR: Well, you’re right, Hugh, and I look back at someone like, and I said on the film as well, I was talking about Dan Quayle, and said you know, they branded him as someone who wasn’t bright. And actually, he’s a very bright person, a very capable investor and manager of a large investment firm. They used to joke about Jerry Ford, you know, a stumblebum, uncoordinated. Actually, he’s the only American president who’s an All-American. I mean, they completely can get these things wrong, but they brand people. The opposition party obviously wants to do that, and sometimes, the media wants to play along with it, I’m afraid. And when that happens, you’ve got to say okay, what can we do to try and correct that? And it’s hard to do. In Chris Christie’s case, I’ll just note that if they want to brand him as someone who is a bully or pushes people around, you know, I come back and say you know, wouldn’t it be nice in Washington to have a strong leader who takes responsibility for things that don’t go well, who stands up and talks to the American people for two hours about what went wrong, who fires people who don’t do their job? I mean, I think if they’re going to brand Chris Christie as a tough guy, I’m not so sure that’s going to hurt him.