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In First Interview, Romney Says it ‘Kills’ Him Not to Be in Washington

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A reflective Mitt Romney Sunday blamed his loss in the presidential election last November to his inability to connect with minorities, and the former Republican nominee admitted to Fox News’ Chris Wallace that it still “kills him” not to be in Washington.

“We did very well with the majority population but not with the minority populations and that was a real failing, that was a mistake,” said Romney, when asked why he believes he lost the White House last fall.

“We didn’t do as good a job as connecting with that audience as we should have,” he added.

Romney, joined by his wife Ann for portions of the wide-ranging interview that aired Sunday morning on Fox News Sunday, has spent most of the four months since Election Day out of the public eye, tucked away in his California home.

In this interview, his first since losing to President Obama, the former Massachusetts governor who received just 47 percent to the president’s 51 percent of the vote, spoke candidly about his disappointment on election night.

Romney said it was a “slow recognition” that he’d lost the campaign, but when Florida was reported to be a close race — a state his campaign thought they’d win easily — he began to realize his odds of winning were waning.

“We were convinced we would win,” Romney said. “My heart said we were going to win.

“It’s hard, it’s emotional,” he said. “There was such passion in the people who were helping us, I just felt we’d really let them down.”

Ann Romney added that she cried on election night, and though she described herself as being “mostly over” the loss, she confessed that she still cries.

“I mourn the fact that he’s not [in the White House],” she said. “I totally believe if Mitt were there in the office we would not be facing sequestration.”

Romney, who taped the interview in the San Diego home of his youngest son Craig earlier in the week, said bluntly, “I still care,” when asked what life is like watching business in Washington go on without him.

“I wish I were there,” he said. “It kills me to not be there, to not be in the White House doing what needs to be done.”

Romney said he does not see the “kind of leadership” that he believes the country needs and he thinks the current financial crisis is a “huge opportunity.”

“The hardest thing about losing is watching this critical moment, this golden moment, just slip away with politics,” he said, referring to the debate over sequestration.

“Come on guys,” Romney said, directing his remarks to those in office. “Focus on getting America through a difficult time and on the track to remain the most powerful and strong nation in the history of the earth and put people back to work.”

As for Romney’s infamous “47 percent” comments, in which the presidential candidate was surreptitiously filmed at a fundraiser essentially writing off a large portion of Americans as “completely wrong,” the former nominee said his remarks undoubtedly contributed to the failure of his campaign.

“It’s not what I meant. I didn’t express myself as I wished I would have,” he said. “You know when you speak in private you don’t spend as much time thinking about how something could be twisted and distorted and could come out wrong and be used.

“It was very harmful,” he said. “There’s no question that it hurt and did damage to my campaign.”

And about that embrace between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — considered to be one of Romney’s most powerful backers during the election — and Obama just a week before Election Day during a tour of Hurricane Sandy damage?

“I don’t think that’s why the president won the election,” Romney said, explaining that he does not blame Christie for his loss.

“I’m not going to blame Chris,” he said. “I lost my election because of my campaign, not because of what anybody else did.”

As for what’s next for the Romneys, both told Wallace that they’re enjoying spending time with at least one of their 20 grandchildren every day. They’ve started a foundation, The Romney Foundation for Children, that will serve to help poor children, and Romney said he hopes to still have some role in the Republican party, but notes that nobody wants to — or should want to — listen to a losing candidate.

“As the guy who lost the election, I’m not in a position to tell everyone else how to win,” he said. “I don’t have the credibility to do that anyway, but I still care.”

Romney is slated to deliver his first public address March 15 in Washington D.C. during the Conservative Political Action Conference.

“I’m not going to disappear,” Romney said. “But I care about America. I care about people who can’t find jobs.”

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Immigration Reform: Rupert Murdoch and the Fox News Factor

WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In the brewing battle over a path to citizenship for the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants, Fox News Channel is uniquely positioned to play a make-or-break role. The question is, will it?

Advocates on both sides of a proposed U.S. immigration overhaul are closely eyeing the nation's most-watched cable news network -- and megaphone -- for politically-conservative causes as it joins a rapidly escalating national debate.

Will the network and its high-profile opinionators fan the flames of opposition to a comprehensive reform plan, or will it assume a more neutral role in a debate that does not break cleanly along party lines?

Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO at News Corp., Fox's parent company, is the wild card factor in which way Fox News will go.

Murdoch, Australian born and a naturalized U.S. citizen, has become an outspoken advocate for immigration reform and mass legalization of the country's undocumented immigrants, partnering with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in this cause.

Whether Murdoch's personal views will percolate through his network, or at least temper criticism on the airwaves of those who don't share it, remains to be seen.

"It depends on how prepared he is to muzzle people on Fox," said Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform and frequent Fox News guest, who opposes the widespread legalization proposed by President Obama and a bipartisan group of U.S. senators this week.

"Rupert Murdoch, first and foremost, is a businessman," he said. "I'm not sure given all his other troubles he can afford to alienate his own audience."

Mehlman and other Republican critics of what they call an "amnesty" plan believe Fox News could be a crucial ally in the battle for public opinion on immigration.

They credit Fox News with helping to amplify their message and derail a similar legislative push that was backed mostly by Democrats and President George W. Bush in 2006 and 2007.

"That's what stopped the 2007 amnesty because all of a sudden all these members of Congress ... were getting called by their constituents saying what are you doing?" said Rosemary Jenks, the chief lobbyist with Numbers USA, which favors more stringent immigration controls.

But 2013 is shaping up to be a different game, immigrant advocates say, with Fox News possibly emerging as a potential boon.

"[Fox host] Sean Hannity is in favor, did an 180 degree turn. You're looking at [Fox host] Bill O'Reilly, who endorsed [Sen.] Marco Rubio's principles overwhelmingly. Even [Fox commentator] Charles Krauthammer has posted and said something needs to be done," said Brad Bailey, a self-described conservative Republican and businessman who chairs the Texas Immigration Solution.

"We need to see more Marco Rubios out there, we need people to come out and rally around them because the solution to this problem is what we need verses the rhetoric," Bailey said, suggesting the network could be a valuable forum to court moderates.

Bloomberg says much depends on the message Murdoch sends to Fox executives about how to handle the immigration story.

"The real thing is if he could get Fox to, you know, be the big champion, which sometimes they do," the mayor told Politico in an interview last week. But, he added, "sometimes they don't."

During a 2010 hearing on Capitol Hill, both men sat side-by-side as Murdoch told lawmakers it is "nonsense" not to provide a "full path to legalization" for the millions living and working in the shadows.

"Requiring unauthorized immigrants to register, undergo a security check, pay taxes, and learn English would bring these immigrants out of a shadow economy and into our tax base," he said at the time. He has since been pushing the message on Twitter.

"Must have sweeping, generous immigration reform, make existing law-abiding Hispanics welcome," Murdoch tweeted in November. "Most are hard-working family people."

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Fox News Video Criticized as Attack on Obama

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Fox News Channel was under fire Wednesday for a four-minute video sharply critical of President Obama that the network produced and aired during its morning news program Fox & Friends.

The video -- titled “Four Years of Hope and Change” -- closely resembles a campaign attack ad, complete with ominous, dramatic music and use of sound bites and statistics to paint a critical picture of Obama’s handling of the economy.  The opening slide, declaring “Fox & Friends Presents,” suggests the company took responsibility for the editorial content.

Co-host Gretchen Carlson introduced the package this way: ”Let’s talk a little bit about what the campaign slogan used to be for President Obama.  Remember it used to be ‘Hope and Change.’  The president says he’s still using that slogan in the way which he hopes to get four more years.  So we decided to take a look back at the president’s first term to see if it lived up to hope and change.”

At the end of the piece, co-host Steve Doocy applauded producer Chris White for putting it together.

“He’s been in a small editing room the last couple of weeks reliving the last four years,” Doocy said.

While Fox has right-leaning opinion talk programs, the company has maintained that its news operations -- including Fox & Friends -- are nonpartisan and “fair and balanced.”

Voices on the right, left and middle raised concerns about the video all day.

Conservative blogger Ed Morrissey of Hot Air said he supports the message in the video but asked, “Should a news organization produce and publish attack ads like this?”

“I know the initial response will be that other news organizations offer biased perspectives and hagiographies of Obama that go well beyond a single video … and that response is entirely valid.  However, we usually criticize that kind of behavior with other news organizations, too,” he wrote.  “If anyone wanted to look for evidence that the overall Fox News organization intends to campaign against Obama rather than cover the campaign, this video would be difficult to refute as evidence for that claim.”

David Zurawik, a media critic with The Baltimore Sun, called the video a “shamelessly political” move.

“As the guy who challenged the Obama administration two years when it tried to deny Fox News access to interviews and other opportunities offered to the media on the grounds that Fox was not a legitimate news operation, I have to tell you even I am shocked by how blatantly Fox is throwing off any pretense of being a journalistic entity with videos like this,” Zurawik wrote.  “Don’t be fooled by Bret Baier’s Boy Scout smile or all the talk about how some shows are news and some are opinion on the channel.  Any news organization that puts up this kind of video is rotten to the core.”

Fox News later issued a statement through executive vice president for programming Bill Shine, obtained by TVNewswer, apparently disapproving of the video.

“The package that aired on FOX & Friends was created by an associate producer and was not authorized at the senior executive level of the network,” Shine said.  “This has been addressed with the show’s producers.”

The video was first flagged by the liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America, which has a record of being highly critical of Fox News.

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Rubio Admits ‘Mistake’ in Use of State Party Credit Card

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Among the controversies swirling around Sen. Marco Rubio is a charge that while serving as speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, he used the state Republican Party’s credit card to pay for personal expenses.

But in an interview with Fox News anchor Bret Baier on Monday, Rubio took pains to emphasize that he did not bill personal expenses to the state party, but instead paid the bill himself. Still, he admitted the way he handled it was a “mistake.”

“I did not bill personal expenses to the Republican Party of Florida. The Republican Party of Florida never paid my personal expenses. Never. But look, you know, I shouldn’t have done it that way. It was a lesson learned,” Rubio said in Monday’s interview.  “It was a mistake. If I had to do it over again, I’d do it very differently.”

“At the end of every month, we would get those statements. We would see what was on there that was party related, and the party would pay that. If it wasn’t party related, I would pay that directly to American Express. Now, obviously, in hindsight, it looks bad, right? I mean, why are you using a party credit card at all? Well, some of these expenses were because a travel agent had the … credit card number, and they billed it to that card instead of the other card. Sometimes, it was just a mistake, you know, literally just reached for the wrong card.”

Rubio, who sits atop many vice presidential dream team lists, came clean about the credit card matter during his 2010 run for the U.S. Senate, and his revisiting it now, along with the other controversies that surround him, could be an effort to head off any VP vetting Mitt Romney’s campaign might undertake.

Rubio also explained his relationship with U.S. Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla., who is under federal investigation for using campaign contributions for to pay for personal expenses. Rubio, whose close ties to the Florida congressman date from before they served together in the state legislature, said he would stand by Rivera.

“I guess it’s because I’m new to Washington. … Maybe it’s acceptable here—it isn’t to me—to turn your back on friends when they’re going through a difficult time, no matter … what they may have done or not done.  And so in his case, he’s a friend, and I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt,” Rubio said.

Rubio also tackled the entanglement he and Rivera got into with a bank over missing payments for a home the two Floridians purchased together while serving in the state legislature.

“There was a disagreement with the bank about how much the monthly payments were. And it all got confusing. The bank turned it over to one of these law firms in Florida that specialized in quick foreclosure proceedings. And before we could figure it all out with them, they filed this paperwork. So we quickly addressed it, and we’ve never had a problem since,” Rubio said.

Asked if he was not making payments, Rubio said, “Yes, there was a disagreement over the amount per month. And so to them, that’s not—those are not complete payments. And … so there were all kinds of other things that happened as a result of that. But that all got worked out as soon as we found out about it.”

Rubio will host a fundraiser for Rivera in Washington, D.C., in May.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Chris Christie Interested in VP Slot?

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New Jersey Chris Christie dropped a tantalizing hint Thursday that he indeed might at least consider the second spot on the national ticket if Mitt Romney wins the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Christie was mentioned earlier this year as a possible candidate for the GOP nod but took himself out of the running last October despite calls from many conservative Republicans to seek the White House.

The governor's gruff demeanor and take-no-prisoners style is appealing to the party's political base and the prospect of having him as the vice presidential candidate is almost equally enticing to those who support him.

Proving himself to be a loyal and ardent supporter of Romney, Christie told Fox News, "The fact is if Governor Romney comes to me and wants to talk to me about [the second spot on the ticket], we'll have a full conversation about that and then [my wife] Mary Pat and I will make that decision about what we want to do with our future."

However, Christie sought to tamp down expectations that he would be ready to leave the Garden State, adding, "my view is, I think if you fast forward the tape to a year from now it's going to be President-elect Romney and some other VP-elect and Chris Christie the Governor of New Jersey."

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Poll: Romney Reclaims Top Spot While Perry Falls and Cain Rises

James Devaney/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Mitt Romney reclaimed his front-runner status as Rick Perry fell to second place and Herman Cain tripled his support base, rising to third place in a new poll released Wednesday.

The FOX News phone poll found Romney claimed the support of 23 percent of Republican primary voters while Perry garnered 19 percent of support -- a 10-point drop since FOX’s last poll at the end of August.  Texas Gov. Perry has sat atop presidential polls, but the poll released Wednesday delivers his first second-place status since entering the presidential race six weeks ago.

Herman Cain reached the third-place slot after claiming 17 percent, an 11-point jump since August.

The 925-person poll was conducted Sept. 25-27, days after Perry’s shaky performance at the FOX News debate and Cain’s unexpected win in the Florida Straw Poll.  CNN/ORC released the first poll after the political weekend in Florida Monday, which still showed Perry at the top of the field with 28 percent of support and Romney at 21 percent.

Rounding out the bottom of the FOX poll are Newt Gingrich at 11 percent, Ron Paul at 6 percent, Jon Huntsman at 4 percent, and Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum at 3 percent each.  Bachmann dropped 8 percentage points since the last FOX News poll in August, weeks after her win at the Ames Iowa Straw Poll.

When asked if New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whom the poll described as a “strong leader and a straight talker,” should run for president, only 32 percent of respondents said he should run while 39 percent said no, and 28 percent said they were undecided.

As for Donald Trump’s influence on voters in the 2012 race, only six percent said they’d be more likely to vote for a candidate based on a Trump endorsement, with the majority -- 62 percent -- saying that Trump’s opinion wouldn’t a make a difference on their vote.

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Sarah Palin Says She Wants to Help the Mainstream Media

Jeff Fusco/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network posted online Wednesday, Sarah Palin once again called the mainstream media “irrelevant” and said she wants to help them.

“Much of the mainstream media is already becoming so irrelevant because there is not balance,” she told CBN’s David Brody. “There is not truth coming out of mainstream media. And I know that firsthand. I live with it every day.”

“I want to help them,” she added. “I have a journalism degree. That is what I studied.”

Palin did not mention her most recent collaboration with the mainstream media -- appearing on the cover of Newsweek and sitting down for an interview with the magazine. She praised that piece in an interview with Fox News last week.

The former Alaska governor also shared her thoughts on Twitter, saying she tries to use up her 140-character allotment as often as possible because “I want that space. I want to get that thought across,” and dished on her favorite movies: “Hoosiers, Rudy, any of those underdog stories.”

She did not offer any new information about her 2012 election story.

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Obama Assassination Rumors Circulate on Fox News Politics Twitter

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Hackers briefly gained control of the Fox News Politics Twitter Monday morning to wrongly proclaim that President Obama had been assassinated in Iowa.

The first few bogus tweets were posted with "@BarackObama" and only showed up in timelines of those who follow Fox News and the presidential account.

One of the tweets read: "We wish @joebiden the best of luck as our new President of the United States. In such a time of madness, there's light at the end of the tunnel."

Earlier, another post read, "@BarackObama has just passed. Nearly 45 minutes ago, he was shot twice in the lower pelvic area and in the neck; shooter unknown. Bled out."

The identity of the hacker or group that hijacked the Fox News Politics Twitter is unknown, although several published reports stated that an anonymous hacking group known as Script Kiddies claimed responsibility for the tweets. issued a statement on its website, saying, "Hackers sent out several malicious and false Tweets claiming that President Obama had been assassinated.  Those reports are incorrect, of course, and the president is spending the July 4 holiday with his family.  The hacking is being investigated, and regrets any distress the false tweets may have created."

The Secret Service is investigating the incident as a possible threat to the president.

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Herman Cain Ups Ante on Jon Stewart-Fox News Battle

Steve Pope/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The battle continues to rage in the Jon Stewart vs. Fox News and Herman Cain matchup.

First, Stewart ridiculed tea party presidential candidate Herman Cain's proposal to limit all federal bills to three pages, mimicking his Southern accent and declaring, "I don't like to read."  Fox News hosts called Stewart's impression "racist."

On Tuesday night, Stewart hit back at Fox News' claim, defending himself with a zippy montage of him making fun of everyone.

And now, on Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto Thursday night, Cain addressed "the Stewart situation," saying, "I think he took a shot at me not because I'm black, but because I'm a conservative."

Citing what Cain calls a "double standard," he told Cavuto, "If a conservative comedian had done that relative to Barack Obama, they would have been calling for somebody's job or have their heads cut off."

It's a battle between Stewart and Fox News that may be self-serving for both sides (not to mention giving Cain a shot of publicity), but at least on The Daily Show front, it's produced some pretty entertaining TV.

Defending himself, Stewart looked to an unlikely source for ammo: himself.

"Well, if my ridicule of silly things using bizarre caricatured voices has given Fox what appears to be several days of very strong programming, your cup's about to runneth over," he declared, throwing in a dramatic finger wag for good measure.  "Grab a knife and fork, Fox.  I have turned my crack research team on myself."

The Daily Show then rolled a montage of Stewart doing a smorgasbord of over-the-top accents, from Italian-American to Jewish to Mexican and beyond.  The point: Stewart does not only make fun of black conservatives.  He makes fun of everyone.

Cain's appearance Thursday night on Cavuto's Your World was the latest in what's been a nearly two-week-long feud between Stewart and Fox News, which kicked off when Stewart guested on Fox News Sunday on June 20 and got into a heated discussion with host Chris Wallace.

Before it was over, Stewart accused Wallace of being a mouthpiece for a right-wing propaganda peddler and Wallace accused Stewart of pushing a left-wing agenda while pretending to be an agenda-less comedian.

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Sarah Palin: 'Fire in My Belly' to Run in 2012

Randy Snyder/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In her latest flirtation with a possible 2012 presidential campaign, Sarah Palin told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren Thursday night that she has "fire in my belly" to jump into the race.

"I think my problem is that I do have the fire in my belly," Palin said when Susteren asked if she'd run. "I am so adamantly supportive of the good, traditional things about America and our free enterprise system and I want to make sure America is put back on the right track and we will do that by defeating Obama in 2012. I have that fire in my belly."

As she's done in recent interviews, Palin cited her family as one of her main concerns in launching a political campaign. 

"With a large family, understanding the huge amount of scrutiny and sacrifices that have to be made on my children's part in order to see their mama run for president. But yeah, the fire in the belly, that's there," she said.

Van Susteren mentioned how Palin -- and every member of her family -- were spoofed, satired, and put through the ringer ever since Sen. John McCain chose her to be his 2008 presidential runningmate. To that, the former Alaska governor concluded her sit-down by urging the media to "lay off the petty stuff" when covering the candidates in the upcoming election.

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