Jansing and Co | November 29, 2012
>>> less than two hours from now, president obama and mitt romney will sit down together for a private lunch at the white house . and when we say private, we mean private. no other guests, no cameras allowed. though the white house is expected to release a photo afterwards. this will be the first opportunity the two have had to visit since the election. so what will they talk about? joining me now, national political rotter for the " boston globe " and contributor to the kudlow report. just to remind folks, take a listen to president obama during his first re-election press conference talking about mitt romney .
>> he presented some ideas during the course of the campaign that i actually agree with. and so it would be interesting to talk to him about something like that. there may be ideas that he has with respect to jobs and growth that can help middle class families that i want to hear.
>> so this lunch today, is it just common courtesy or might he have something in mind for mitt romney ?
>> i think it's potential that he has something in mind that he wants mitt romney to do. it's very unlikely any type of formal position either in his cabinet or otherwise. i mean, both sides are sort of projecting they don't expect a whole lot of news to actually come out of this meeting which would mean it's more of a symbolic gesture, a time for these guys to get together privately.
>> well, robert, an op-ed in the " washington post " says, obama should convene a presidential commission on national health costs to be chaired by romney and filled with leaders from every part of the sector plus other relevant experts. miller says the goal of will this commission would be to reduce health care costs. mitt romney saved the olympics. he's an accomplished businessman. do you see any chance anything like this would happen?
>> i would not rule it out at all. mitt romney was a businessman for both of his career, but he got into politics running for the senate and then president twice. because he really is committed to public service . his father george was the same way. a businessman who entered public service . and i think it's not surprising that romney is going to the quhous today. whenever i interviewed mitt romney , i was always struck that he never considered the fight against obama a personal one. it was about public service .
>> really? it felt like it watching from the outside.
>> i think the campaign was nasty, but the relations between romney and obama as gentlemen was never nasty on that level.
>> so when you hear people say these guys didn't like each other, are they exaggerating?
>> i do think it got somewhat personal toward the end between them. i mean, i don't think -- people describe them as somewhat similar. they're both somewhat intellectual.
>> highly competitive.
>> both of them. and you have this awkward situation, though, where romney lost. and he did seem a little bit bitter about that in the days after the election. so you have to sort of wonder what the discussions will be like between obama and romney when they're in a private room together.
>> wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall .
>> i would love to. and one thing that really is interesting to me is that for instance in 1992 , there was a nasty campaign between bill clinton and george h.w. bush and no one would have predicted that two two dedecades on they would be pretty close friends working on projects together. sometimes it's still acrimonious between former competitors, but it this relationship could being akin to that clinton/bush relationship.
>> so let's say he doesn't have any public role in the sense of in this administration. matt, what do you think, what does he do next?
>> a lot of people are speculating sort of what he might did. it's hard to tell what mitt romney himself is thinking. right now he's enjoying kicking back. you saw photos of him pumping gas , not a generous photo by any stretch, but other photos of him riding roller coasters at disneyland. next who knows. but he is having an office and the office is in boston. so there have been speculation right after the election that he may sort of relocate for all intents and purposes to the west coast and to his house out there. so it does seem like he'll keep his ties in boston at least.
>> good to see you gentlemen. thank you.
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