VIDEO: Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan Sit Down With Sean Hannity in First Interview Since Debate
Of the debate, Romney said, “I was pleased that I had the chance to talk about my vision for America. The president was able to answer some questions that I posed that I think Americans across the country have wanted to have answered. It was an evening of substance. I’m happy that Jim Lehrer was willing to ask us our positions on issues and we could describe those. It was not a big 'gotcha' night coming from the moderator, but instead a chance for the president and I to go toe-to-toe on important issues people care about … I think in the final analysis, people will decide what kind of America they want.”
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Ryan also reflected on the debate, saying, “Last night, the American people got to see the guy I know – a decisive, optimistic, confident leader. A person with a plan to create jobs and grow the economy.”
He continued, “The president was basically saying four more years of the same and Mitt gave them a better choice.”
Romney discussed the negative tact the campaign has taken at times, saying, “I do recall that in the president’s acceptance speech four years ago, he said that if you don’t have a record to run on, you attack your opponent, you try and disqualify your opponent. And early on in this campaign, there were Democrat strategists, one in particular, who said their campaign strategy was to kill Romney – hopefully not literally. This kind of character assassination is something which I think has gone way too far.”
He challenged President Obama on his handling of the Libya attack, charging, "I mean, this was a terrorist attack, lives were lost, this happened on 9/11. We expect candor and transparency from the President, from the administration — and we didn’t get it."
Romney also walked back the '47 percent' comments that have received so much scrutiny, saying, "Well, clearly in a campaign, with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question-and-answer sessions, now and then you're going to say something that doesn't come out right. In this case, I said something that's just completely wrong."
He continued, "And I absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that I care about 100 percent and that's been demonstrated throughout my life. And this whole campaign is about the 100 percent."
Watch the full interview below: