Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sat down with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos this week for Good Morning America, the two discussing his upcoming debate with President Barack Obama, among various other topics.
Romney said he’s doing well and is “virtually tied” with the President in polls. When Stephanopoulos pointed out that new polls show that he’s down in Virginia and Ohio, Romney remained optimistic.
“Well, I’m ahead in a lot of other states, too,” he said. “I saw one this morning, ahead in Florida, ahead in North Carolina. Gosh, we’re even tied in Wisconsin. These polls are going to bounce around a lot. I don’t pay a lot of attention day to day to which state’s up and which one’s down. But I believe that when the final decisions are being made by the American people, they’re going to ask themselves, ‘Who do I have confidence in to keep America safe? And who do I believe can get our economy doing what it needs to do?'”
He also shared that he’ll be providing more details about his plans for the economy during the debate and as we inch closer to election.
“I think the challenge that I’ll have in the debate is that the President tends to, how shall I say it, to say things that aren’t true,” Romney told him. “I’ve looked at prior debates. And in that kind of case, it’s difficult to say, ‘Well, am I going to spend my time correcting things that aren’t quite accurate? Or am I going to spend my time talking about the things I want to talk about?’”
Stephanopoulos also asked Romney whether his VP pick, Rep. Paul Ryan, would specify how they would pay for their proposed tax cuts, the former governor of Massachusetts said he was relying on his own experience. “I’ve found that you have to work with the people across the aisle,” he said. “My legislature was 87% Democrat. So if I’d have come out and said, ‘Here this is my bill. This is the way I want it,’ you’d never get it done.”
When asked about his likability versus Obama’s, Romney said that “the President’s a person that a lot of people like. I don’t dislike him myself and wish him the very best. But I think the American people are looking for someone who has the capacity to help them get good jobs and more take-home pay. And I do.”
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