Mitt Romney was on Jay Leno last night. In one sequence Leno tried to probe his thoughts on potential VP candidates by a simple word game. From ABCNews:
BURBANK, Calif. — A friendly game of word association with Mitt Romney got big laughs on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” when the presidential hopeful described his chief GOP rival Sen. Rick Santorum as “press secretary.”
Romney was seemingly referencing Santorum’s heated confrontation with New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny, during which Santorum cursed at the reporter. Leno had mentioned the incident during his opening monologue, which Romney was able to watch backstage, the host joking that he had tried to book Santorum for the show but the censors wouldn’t allow it because of his bad language.
As for the other candidates and words Romney used to describe them, Romney said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is “energetic,” Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is an “American leader,” U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan is “creative” and Donald Trump “huge.”
Asked about New Jersey Governor and backer Chris Christie, Romney said he is “indomitable.”
Santorum was asked about this on the rope line in Janesville. At first he shook his head several times before eventually saying, ”Someone needs to work on his jokes.”
You might be right, Rick, but then again I might say that someone else needs to work on the fine art of laughing at himself and using humor to deal with life’s little stumbles .
Speaking of Santorum’s stumbles, this is what Mitt had to say when queried about Rick declaring Mitt was the worst Republican to face Obama and later the same day declaring he would serve as Romney’s VP if asked:
“Well, you know, you’re on all the time when you’re running for office,” Romney said. “Everything you say is being followed by, you know, a small camera of some kind that someone has. You don’t always get every word just right. And so you have to give people a little bit of slack I think. In this case Rick Santorum is a good guy, he’s running a good campaign. We have some differences in background and differences on some issues, but basically a good guy and, you know, I’m happy with him saying he’d like to be part of an administration with me, nothing wrong with that, if he’s the VP that’s better. I’d rather be the president let him be the vice president.”
Romney gave a surprisingly serious interview on the late night comedy hour. When asked about the difficulty this year in wrapping up the nomination, Mitt said:
“Well, they allocate the delegates on a proportional basis this time, so we knew it was going to take awhile, and I actually sent my son Matt to go to the northern Mariana Islands, we got nine delegates there, to go to Guam — nine delegates there. Ann and I went to Puerto Rico, got 20 delegates there. So we keep adding them up and plan on becoming the nominee.”
There is a lot more where that came from. Check out both of the above linked articles.
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Here’s the video. NBC provides it in three parts: