GOP First Lady hopeful Ann Romney sat down with the sharp-tongued ladies of ABC’s daytime talker “The View” on Thursday. The Republican Presidential candidate’s wife had to counter some extremely prickly questions about her husband, Mitt Romney.
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One week after conquering an openly intimidating kitchen on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” she boldly showed up where her husband feared to tread. Originally, the Romneys were to appear on show together but Gov. Romney canceled earlier this week; therefore, Mrs. Romney made a solo appearance on the program.
The much-anticipated visit was booked last month, in the wake of Mother Jones releasing a tape of Romney at a private fundraiserin May saying that, among the TV talk shows he would avoid during the campaign, “The View” is “high-risk because, of the five women on it, only one is conservative, and four are sharp-tongued and not conservative.”
The interview turned uncomfortable when co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked her to explain if her husband did not serve in the military for religious reasons.
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"Now, I believe that your religion doesn't allow you to go fight," Goldberg said.
"No, that's not correct," Romney answered. "We have many, many members of our faith that are serving in armed services."
"OK, um, well I say that because when I read about your husband, what I had read, and maybe you can correct this, is that the reason that he didn't serve in Vietnam was because it was against the religion," Goldberg inquired. "That's what I read, I'm sorry."
"No, that's not correct," Romney said. "He was serving his mission. My five sons have also served their mission." Romney later added, "I sent them away as boys and they came back men."
When asked what her views on abortion are, she gave a passionate defense of the pro-life attitude held by the Romneys during an appearance on daytime talk show The View.
'The good news is, I'm not running for office and I don't have to say what I feel. But I am pro life. I'm happy to say that,' she said.
Ann Romney also acknowledged on the show that she does not watch TV, but insisted she’s “a big TV fan.”
Goldberg later tweeted about her awkward question to Anne Romney:
Deferment He also was taken to task for Not having military exp. so what was the problem of my asking the question— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) October 18, 2012
And this is how her followers replied to her question.
@whoopigoldberg your question was valid and respectful and Mrs Romney had no issues answering it. good night Whoopi.— lorraine muromba (@lmuromba) October 19, 2012
@whoopigoldberg Mormons talk of "service" can mean 2 things- and perfectly fine to ask question. Teachable moment- That's THE VIEW— Bobbi Bowman (@bobbibowwoman) October 19, 2012
@whoopigoldberg You are a mean-spirited racist!At least Gov. Romney has religion!— jean blair (@jeanannblair) October 18, 2012
@bobbibowwomanthank god.. at last someone who seems to understand the Q was asked as the answer not known not in malice. ppl to judgmental— JENNY BROOK (@jenibrook) October 19, 2012
@whoopigoldberg I think it was a fair question of you to ask, especially in light of Elizabeth's questions to President Obama.— Aubrey Does (@aubreydoes) October 18, 2012
@whoopigoldberg How bout doing some actual research? That way you don't come across as a complete idiot.— Rod Nelson (@mr_rod_nelson) October 18, 2012
@mr_rod_nelson she asked a fair question, did you know that orthodox Jews can't go to war because of religious reasons?— Anders J.(@Johansson85) October 18, 2012
@whoopigoldbergwith you re:fair question,when husband running for CIC 2 wars5 sons— Annie T (@Auntianne) October 18, 2012
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