I never watch cable news, but so many people were talking about this interview of Mitt Romney by Fox News' Bret Baier, that I had to check it out. This is a very tough interview but also one that's very fair. Here's the full 15-minute interview:
If this is what Special Report with Bret Baier is like, I wouldn't mind watching it at all. The level of questions is high. Superbly high. Many people thought Romney performed poorly in this interview. I actually thought he did all right. He does need to watch his defensiveness when asked questions he doesn't like or when dealing with issues he'd rather not. But Bret Baier conducts a great interview. I'd love to see each of the candidates asked similar questions.
Romney's answers give us a lot to chew on, particularly with regard to Romneycare and immigration. What did you think of his answers? Did they assuage any concerns? What did you think of his style?
One of my favorite things about Romney is how he avoids traps. He knows when someone's trying to get him to speak ill of another candidate and he judiciously avoids it. He waits for the moment when he wants to disparage a candidate and he words his challenges carefully. I think this is an impressive skill.
And yes, I'm just continuing to practice saying "President Romney" until it sounds right.