Martin Bashir | March 04, 2013
>>> today republicans may want to see questions trait mitt and ann romney because in their first sit-down interview they have proven only one thing, they still can't believe they lost.
>> i think we were convinced we would win.
>> i totally believe at this moment if mitt were there in the office, that we would not be facing sequestration right now.
>> i look at what's happening right now, i wish i were there. it kills me not to be there. this is america we're talking about at a critical time, and, you know, nearow is fiddling.
>> the 47% video.
>> the 47% with him who are dependent upon big government .
>> it was a very unfortunate statement that i made. it's not what i meant. i think the obama care attractiveness and feature was something we underestimated, particularly among lower incomes. jo joini
>> joining us now, professor james peterson and jonathan capehart of the " washington post ." professor, mitt romney is clearly the president of the united states of amnesia because he still doesn't understand that if you write off half the population as takers and parasites, then they are unlikely to vote for you.
>> yeah. this is the definition of delusion, right? they want to sort of be in the white house but don't really understand what it takes. and even his own comments condemn what he's really thinking. he halfway apologizes for the 47% comment but then wants to talk about obama care and sort of frame that as another form of entitlements. at the end of the day the american people didn't want the romneys in the white house . that's why they're not there.
>> that's exactly right. john, let's talk about the romneys versus the media which took up part of that interview. mrs. ann romney is really not ready to forgive quite yet. here she is. take a listen.
>> it was not just the campaign's fault. i believe it was the media 's fault as well. that he was not being given a fair shake, that people aren't allowed to really see him for who he was.
>> now, john, just let me remind you that while the president was sitting down with brian williams and with jay leno with two weeks oog, a romney press aide was telling reports we don't know if mr. romney is going to give any interviews whatsoever. everyone was begging for access.
>> they denied it, and yet she says it was the media 's fault.
>> yes, when in doubt blame the media . it's always the media 's fault when something goes wrong. look, they sequestered mitt romney from the media , from the campaign trail, and so all of these things about mitt romney that he's so rich he can't relate to the regular, everyday person, that he's so removed from the everyday travails of the american people that he can'ten can't understand them.
>> that he hides billions of dollars offshore, that he records 47% of the population as --
>> with contempt and as takers. and so what happens is if you don't humanize mitt romney , then all those things will take. those stories had more life because there was no counter narrative. there's nothing else to show that mitt romney was nothing more than a rich guy with a beautiful family who wanted to change residences.
>> yes, quite. professor, this weekend we learned that the las vegas sands corporation controlled by sheldon adelson has told the s.e.c. is likely violated the federal law against bribing foreign officials. professor, can you imagine the coverage of that story were mr. romney today president romney ?
>> well, yeah. first of all, blaming the media is like blaming the refs, number one. number two, this is a really interesting story to me because i think mr. romney should answer for this because of the sort of high level of the actual charge. we knew that mr. adelson had business interests overseas, particularly in china, but if he's been accused of bribing officials and when you couple that with the ways in which he tried to impact our national election by funding mitt romney , by funding other folk along the way, that makes his business dealings and his political interests of national interest for us, and so i hope people will ask mr. romney to answer for this but i also hope we press the sort of exploration and investigation of this to get to the bottom of it.
>> this is not the last we're going to hear of the great mitt romney , john, because as you know he will be speaking this friday at about 1:00 p.m . at a very important gathering of conservatives at cpac. do you think conservatives themselves are going to give him a warm reception given that many people have suggested that he was responsible for a diss a at thissous presidential campaign , that he encouraged the party to appear stupid, and that clearly it wasn't a success for him?
>> i think there will be polite golf applause.
>> golf applause.
>> remember, mitt romney was viewed with suspicion by conservatives in the last election. they didn't trust him. they didn't think he was one of them so much so that herman cain was the number one pick of republicans during the primary season for about two months. so was michele bachmann . so was newt gingrich , so was rick santorum . anybody but mytitt. the last time he went he said he was a severely conservative governor of massachusetts . look how far that took him.
>> indeed. dr. just a minuames peterson, jonathan capehart, thank you