Romney not taking in 'The View'
October 15th, 2012
01:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney not taking in 'The View'

(CNN) – After criticizing chat program "The View" on a secretly recorded video, and subsequently agreeing to come on the show, Mitt Romney has cancelled his upcoming appearance citing scheduling conflicts.

Barbara Walters, the show's creator and co-host, announced the news Monday.

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"Gov. Romney was supposed to be on with us this Thursday with Ann Romney," she said. "We were looking forward to it. Over the weekend, his people said that he had scheduling problems and would not be coming on with us. Nor at this point did he feel that he could reschedule. We are happy to have Mrs. Romney on with us. We are sorry that we won't have Gov. Romney."

She left the invitation open, however, saying "he can change his mind and we hope he does. It would be our pleasure to have him on the program."

Amanda Henneberg, a Romney campaign spokeswoman, said the GOP nominee's appearance "was no longer going to work in the campaign schedule, but Mrs. Romney is very excited to join the ladies of The View."

At a surreptitiously recorded campaign fund-raiser in May, Romney called the ABC morning talk show "high risk," pointing to the political affiliations of the co-hosts. Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd have all expressed decidedly liberal standpoints, though Elisabeth Hasselbeck is an outspoken conservative.

"'The View' is high risk because of the five women on it. The other four are sharp tongued and not conservative, Whoopi Goldberg in particular," Romney told donors in Boca Raton, Florida earlier in the summer, adding "Although the last time I was on the show, she said to me, 'You know what? I think I could vote for you.' And I said, 'I must have done something really wrong.'"

Soon after the release of the video Hasselbeck announced on the show that Romney had agreed to appear on "The View" couch in October. Romney's previous appearance on "The View" was in 2010.

Romney also said in the video he's also staying away from the comedy show "Saturday Night Live" "because you want to show that you are fun and you're a good person, but you also want to appear presidential."


Filed under: 2012 • Ann Romney • Mitt Romney
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Core republican Values

    Hmmm....how do you go on a show by and for women, if your policy is to control, discount, and marginalize them?

    October 15, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. TheVoice2

    Mitt Phony doesn't want to talk about women issues. We all know where he stand on that!

    October 15, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    I guess romney hates woman just like everybody says ,vote Obama instead ,a real man!!!!!

    October 15, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Ha ha ha... You're a hypocrite anyway Mitt. You might as well follow your word for a change and take the criticism from the right.... (Oh... That's right.. There won't BE any, because they're all hypocrites, too...)

    October 15, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Romney is just confusing. Seriously.

    And Romney is running for President? He doesn't want meet with kids on Nic and now doesn't want to be on The View, on television. Behind closed doors he writes off almost half the nation. Romney seems to be afraid of variability.

    October 15, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. Boo

    God...this guy is a phony.....what a lying hypocritical panderer!!!!!!

    October 15, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. anonoymous

    Scary cat.....i guess him being for 100% of americans only applies to those who supports his views? Must have been told he's too close to the election to put another foot in his word for his to try to remove it.

    October 15, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Borderless

    I think it is a huge mistake for any elected official to validate that show as if it is somehow relavent. President Hollywood diminished the presidency by appearing on that ridiculous show.

    October 15, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Ms

    If Mitt Romney can't handle "The View", how can he handle actual enemies?

    October 15, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Name Sheon1

    Romney is running away from the View with go reasons, they may ask him a question that he will flip flop on, again
    Run fast Romney!

    October 15, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Mitt the twit running from America again. He can run,but he can't hide.

    October 15, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. freedom

    Good for him. Obama has been on more entertainment shows than he has attended intel briefings. Finally, someone who will not only be a wonderful president – but also act like one!

    October 15, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. DB

    If Mr Romney can't take on the View, and how can he take on the Iran and, if the terrorists, and even our allies. I have What a simple, a pathetic bag of lies

    October 15, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. CBR

    Mr. Romney has made it clear over and over again that he will not meet with more liberal members of the press or show hosts. When a candidate is not available to all media then that is a red flag. This country is not made up of all conservatives, all liberals, or all moderates. If you are running for a political office that represents all of the people you should be available to all the people.

    The problem seems to be that Mr. Romney has changed his mind on so many issues that he has two or three versions of these issues. He probably would not want to be reminded of this now that he believes he is riding high. Unfortunately, we are not doing a very good job of getting him to reconcile these changes nor are we asking him about them. We seem to be letting him get by = not a good idea. He could change on us again causing some financial hardships, changing our medical insurance coverage, changing eligibility for various programs, etc.

    October 15, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    Shroter Romney: " I have no idea hwo to handle myself in a situation in which women I look down on as inferior to me are allowed to eschew their proper subservient roles and actually disagree with and challenge me."

    October 15, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Don't Vote For A Snake Oil Salesman

    Romney is afraid of intelligent women that will not bow down and kiss his ring.

    October 15, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. Howard

    Romney told donors in Boca Raton, Florida earlier in the summer, adding "Although the last time I was on the show, she said to me, 'You know what? I think I could vote for you.' And I said, 'I must have done something really wrong.'"

    It's not very politic to insult your host(s), even in a joking manner. That comment, plus his Olympic faux pas, clearly illustrates Mr. Romney's proclivity for foot-in-mouth disease.

    October 15, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Guest

    So he sends his wife by herself to defend him! Loser

    October 15, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. rla

    A loaded agenda at best.. let the ladies spew on something vapid and they better play nice witrh Ann Romney

    October 15, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. ghtbad

    ALL those women on 'The View' give me one big massive headache and the migraine come on when they had Obama on the show.

    October 15, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. Yonni

    You see whatever he said on the 47% video is true because he was claimed afraid to appear on the view on the video therefore it not a surprise. Even though he back tracked the 47% comment people should know that that is his true believe. Romney is not every men and women’s man he has certain soft spot for the Mormon Church, Marriott Hotel, corporations and the milliners and billionaires in his club. That is he wished for to become the president. In his world the rest of us we don’t exist.

    October 15, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Critical Thinking

    @CBG When a candidate is not available to all media then that is a red flag.

    I agree, lets schedule some time for President Obama with Fox, followed by a news conference with all reporters to go over the Libyan attack.

    October 15, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  23. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Wimp much?

    October 15, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. ryche

    Heck do you blame him... 2008 McCain went to that show and was asked at one point by Woopie if she should worry he was going to make her a slave again... This is the bias crap you get at that kind of show.. they will all fall on their knees for obama over there, but bring on a republican and those harpies will pull out the pitch forks...

    October 15, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. 1twinsfan

    No The View, no Nickelodeon. I guess this leaves Romney Augusta as an all-male campaign stop. Oh wait, they entered modern times this summer.

    October 15, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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