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Romney Won’t Face ‘Sharp-Tongued’ Women of "The View"

ABC/Martin H. Simon(WALTHAM, Mass.) -- Ann Romney will visit the women of ABC’s The View solo on Thursday since her husband is no longer available to appear on the show he once referred to as “high risk.”

Co-host Barbara Walters announced on the show Monday morning that she was told over the weekend Mitt Romney could no longer make the appearance.

“Gov. Romney was supposed to be on with us this Thursday with Ann Romney,” Walters said.  “We were looking forward to it.  Over the weekend, his people have said that he had scheduling problems, and would not be coming on with us, nor did not feel that he could reschedule.  We are happy to have Mrs. Romney on with us, and are sorry that we won’t have Gov. Romney, and that’s the situation.”

Walters left the door open for Romney to “change his mind,” adding that it would “be our pleasure to have him on the show.”

Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for the Romney campaign, said in a statement to ABC News that “it was no longer going to work in the campaign schedule but Mrs. Romney is very excited to join the ladies of The View.”

In September, leaked footage from a fundraiser showed Romney referring to the show as “high risk” because of what he called some of the “sharp-tongued” co-hosts.  Following the leak, the campaign said at the time that Romney would be willing to appear on the show in October.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, one of the co-hosts who is the known conservative of the five, said that she had reached out to the campaign after the remarks and they had confirmed that the Romneys would “love to once more join the sharp-tongued chatter in October.”

Co-host Sherri Shepherd said at the time that she wasn’t sure how Romney could be able to “handle the country” if he can’t “handle four sharp-tongued women.”

In the leaked video, Romney is heard saying that while The View is “fine,” it is “high risk because of the five women on it, only one is conservative and four are sharp-tongued and not conservative.”

President Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt tweeted a link to the news that Romney would not be appearing on the show with the comment, “View was apparently too “high risk” for @MittRomney.”

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Obama Hits Romney for His ‘Fair’ Tax Rate

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- President Obama Monday pounced on rival Mitt Romney‘s comment that it’s fair for him to pay a lower tax rate than middle-class Americans, arguing his opponent’s remarks embody the different visions at stake in this election.

“He said yes, I think it’s fair, and I also think that’s the way you get economic growth,” Obama said in an appearance on ABC’s The View. “The notion being, if people at the top have more income, they’ll invest and they’ll create jobs.”

“I’ve just got a different vision about how we grow an economy,” Obama said Monday's taping to air on Tuesday. “I think … that you grow an economy from the middle out, not from the top down.”


Romney has defended paying a lower tax rate on his roughly $20 million investment income than people do when they make $50,000 a year.  He told CBS’ 60 Minutes, It’s “the right way to encourage economic growth -- to get people to invest, to start businesses, to put people to work.”

“That’s a different vision about how we move the country forward, and you know, ultimately it’s going to be up to the American people to make a decision about you know who’s got the better plan,” the president told the women of The View.

“When the teacher and the bus driver and the receptionist and the office manager -- when they’ve got more money in their pockets, when they’re doing well, then that means business has more customers, that means business makes more profits, they hire more workers and that’s been the history of our country, is we grow fastest when the middle class is doing well and when folks who are trying to get in the middle class have ladders of opportunity,” Obama said.

“I’m voting for him,” first lady Michelle Obama chimed in to laughter and applause from the audience.

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Obama Talks Gay Marriage, Politics and Pop Culture on "The View"

ABC/Lou Rocco(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama does not fault his vice president for forcing his hand on the issue of same-sex marriage because "it came out of a generosity of spirit," he said in a wide-ranging interview on ABC's The View that aired Tuesday morning.

"When you get to know Joe Biden, he is the most honest, straightforward guy," Obama said. "He's warm; he tells you what he thinks. We talked about it and what I said was I'm never going to blame anybody for telling what they believe."

Obama told ABC News last week that Biden got "a little bit over his skis" by publicly supporting same-sex marriage, forcing the president to speed up plans to announce his support for the unions.

"I think it's important for everybody in my administration to feel like, you know, we want to be disciplined, we want to make sure we're getting the message out there but at the same time, on issues of principle, you know, I always admire people who go ahead and speak their minds," the president told the hosts of The View in a segment that was taped Monday.

The president also revealed that he had originally considered breaking the news on Tuesday's program. "It was a possibility. It was," he said. "We had been discussing it for a few weeks and we thought, what are the formats where we could talk about it not just as a policy issue, but as a personal issue and all of you came to mind."

As the story escalated, however, the White House decided to bump up the announcement, ultimately breaking the news in an interview last week with Robin Roberts on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Despite the president's historic decision to support same-sex marriage, he declined to say whether he would go a step further and publicly take up the fight to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 federal law that defines marriage as the legal union of a man and a woman.

The administration has already stopped defending the legislation, but the president said the rest is up to Capitol Hill.

"Congress is clearly on notice that I think it's a bad idea," the president said. "This is going to be a big contrast in the campaign because you've got Governor [Mitt] Romney saying we should actually have a constitutional amendment installing the notion that you can't have same-sex marriages."

When asked by ABC's Barbara Walters whether he would fight federal laws that limit the rights of gay and lesbian couples, the president noted, "we don't think the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional."

"This is something that historically had been determined at the state level and part of my believing ultimately that civil unions weren't sufficient, and I've been a longtime supporter of civil unions for same-sex couples, was partly because of the issue of Social Security benefits and other laws," he said.

Obama also made clear that, although he just recently embraced same-sex unions, his position differs greatly from that of Romney, explaining that the issue is one of the many on which he and the presumptive Republican presidential nominee have starkly different visions.

"Mitt Romney has said he wants a constitutional amendment," Obama said. "That federalized the whole issue. He would defend the Defense of Marriage Act. So there are real differences here."

Ultimately, the president said social issues such as same-sex marriage will not determine the election come November.

"What will determine the election is the economy and whether everybody – gay, straight, black, white, Hispanic, Latino, Native American, disabled, you name it – whether people feel as if America continues to be this extraordinary land of opportunity and there's this very stark differences, legit differences between the candidates and between the parties in terms of how we are going to make sure that everybody in this country gets a fair shot, every kid is getting a great education, how we create businesses, how we create more jobs - that ultimately is going to be what determines how this election goes," he said.

In addition to talking policy and politics, the president also shared personal details about life inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, including the fallout from his infamous, impromptu Apollo performance.

Obama said that first lady Michelle Obama "gets jealous when I sing too much."

"She thinks this is kind of a private thing," he added.

The president showcased his vocal skills at a fundraiser earlier this year, singing a few lines of Al Green. His tune quickly became a sensation.

When asked whether his crooning embarrassed his daughters, he retold a story from his 50th birthday party last summer, explaining that they think he's "embarrassing, but not too embarrassing."

"Malia and Sasha and a bunch of my friends and Michelle had sort of like a roast, a little private roast, each one of them read something and Malia and Sasha had written out why I am such a wonderful dad. And they had this list, it was so sweet and one of the items on Malia's list was you are just the right amount of embarrassing," he said to laughter from the audience.

The president also proved his pop-culture prowess, acing a celebrity quiz.

Obama knew that Kim was the Kardashian sister who made headlines this year for her 72-day marriage to pro basketball player Kris Humphries. No, the president is not a loyal follower of reality TV. Obama, an avid basketball fan, said, "he was a ball player. I know from watching basketball."

Obama was also asked by co-host Joy Behar whether he knew about "the controversial sex book," Fifty Shades of Grey that's on millions of people's bedside tables.

After looking a little perplexed, the president admitted he did not know, but joked, "I'll ask Michelle when I get home."

This marked Obama's fourth appearance on The View, his second as president. He made history as the first sitting president to make an appearance on daytime television when he visited the women of The View in July 2010. 

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Obama Faces Questions on Federal Fight for Same-Sex Marriage

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Just days after affirming his support for same-sex marriage, President Obama Monday declined to say whether he would go a step further and publicly take up the fight to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

While the administration has already stopped defending legal challenges to the legislation, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, the president said the rest is up to Capitol Hill.

“Congress is clearly on notice that I think it’s a bad idea,” the president said in an interview on ABC’s The View.

“This is going to be a big contrast in the campaign, because you’ve got Gov. Romney saying we should actually have a constitutional amendment installing the notion that you can’t have same-sex marriages,” Obama said.

When asked by ABC’s Barbara Walters if he would fight federal laws that limit the rights of gay and lesbian couples, the president said, “We don’t think the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional.”

“This is something that historically had been determined at the state level and part of my believing ultimately that civil unions weren’t sufficient, and I’ve been a longtime supporter of civil unions for same-sex couples, was partly because of the issue of Social Security benefits and other laws,” the president said.

Obama had long said he opposed same-sex marriage, but repeatedly qualified that by saying that his view was “evolving,” as he delayed taking a firm stance on the social issue. But last week, in an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, the president declared he now believes same-sex couples should have the right to marry.

Obama was making his fourth appearance on The View, and his second as president. Obama made history as the first sitting president to make an appearance on daytime television when he visited the women of The View in July 2010.

The full interview airs Tuesday on ABC.

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Exclusive: ‘It Was Very Painful,’ Herman Cain Says of Allegations

Donna Svennevik/ABC(NEW YORK) -- Despite suspending his presidential bid, Herman Cain says that he is innocent of all the charges made against him and his wife, Gloria, didn’t ask him to leave the race.

“She would never do that,” Cain told Barbara Walters in an exclusive interview for her 10 Most Fascinating People special. “My wife and I have been married for 43 years. She shared with me how she felt; it was very painful. She believes me. And so I’m at peace with her, she’s at peace with me.”

What started as a dream campaign for a confident 66-year-old black conservative businessman bucking the establishment, ended in a nightmare of sexual harassment allegations and charges of long-term infidelity.

The former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza said he made the decision to suspend his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination “because of the pain that it was causing my wife, and my family, and me, every time it is brought up in the media over and over and over. They were not going to stop.”

He told Walters that “in many ways,” he is happy to have his life back.

“I was prepared for much of the things that I had to do but it was the vicious, unrelenting, character assassination that finally caused too much pain to my wife, my family and me.”

Cain announced Dec. 3 that he planned to devote his attention to “Plan B,” an organization called to advance his 9-9-9 economic plan and other ideas.

Watch ABC’s Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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Biden Praises Chris Christie as ‘Good Guy,’ Hits GOP

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Vice President Joe Biden walked into a heated debate over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s weight in an appearance Tuesday on ABC’s The View.

“Well, you look great and trim after you just heard us bashing that poor governor of New Jersey,” co-host Barbara Walters said to Biden. “You look great.”

“No comment,” Biden demurred, as he sat on the sofa between Walters and the four other daytime talk divas.

“Actually,” he said piping up, “Christie’s a good guy.  Christie is a fellow University of Delaware graduate, and a phenomenal football fan. He comes to all our home games...I like him.”

Does Biden think Christie could be a strong candidate to challenge President Obama?

“Well, New Jersey is a big important state,” he said. “He’s at the top of his game right now.”

The vice president was less sanguine when asked to respond to the already-committed 2012 Republican field, taking particular aim at the candidates’ silence in last week’s debate following the booing of a gay service member by the audience.

“I did have a visceral response,” said Biden, whose son, Beau, served in Iraq. “I know my son and all the kids with him...I don’t think they give a damn whether the guy firing the rifle to protect them is gay or straight.

“Look, this kid risked his life, this kid was there for a year -- and I quite frankly, I thought it was reprehensible,” he said as emotion visibly welled up.

Biden said he sees the entirety of the GOP field, with the exception of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, as adherents to the same “fundamentally different” ideology.

“You know, they’re beating up Perry for saying [Social Security is] a Ponzi scheme,” he said, “but yet everyone else on that stage wants to privatize it. So I don’t see much difference.”

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Bristol Palin Asked When Mom Will Announce 2012 Intentions

Adam Bettcher/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Bristol Palin seems to have heard her mother’s orders loud and clear.

On ABC’s The View Thursday, after Barbara Walters asked her point-blank when Sarah Palin is going to announce her intentions for the 2012 race, Bristol stayed tight-lipped.

“That’s up to her when she’s going to announce,” she said.

Last week, at the Pella, Iowa, premiere of The Undefeated, Palin jokingly scolded her eldest daughter for saying on Fox & Friends that the former Alaska governor “definitely” knows if she’ll seek a presidential bid.

"I texted Bristol, I said 'What did you say this morning, honey?,’” she said. "What I told Bristol, too, I said, 'What is talked about on the fishing boat stays on the fishing boat.’”

Bristol has been making the rounds promoting her memoir, Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far. On The View, she also revealed that she has no intention of following her mother’s path into politics.

“No I don’t,” she said when asked if she as any political aspirations. “I have tons and tons of interests and I’m only 20, I don’t know what God has in store for me yet.”

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