HEMMER: Not a lot of (inaudible) said about your mom, Lenore (ph), and you -- she had three kids, and the doctors came to her and said, no more physically, it's not going to happen ever again. Then along comes you.
M. ROMNEY: Not exactly a normal kid, you know. She had to take what she got.
A. ROMNEY: Mitt's mother absolutely adored Mitt. It was the baby she never thought she would have.
HEMMER: And I've heard about the relationship, but the point is, he wasn't even supposed to be here.
A. ROMNEY: That's right. Yes. Here he is.
M. ROMNEY: What can I say?
M. ROMNEY: I think my mother found it hard when I fell completely in love with Ann, as a senior in high school, and I had no interest in talking to my mother, and only interested in being with Ann.
A. ROMNEY: I think a lot of mothers go through that.
HEMMER: You said that you've never had a serious argument in 43 years of marriage?
M. ROMNEY: (Inaudible) other places we agree or disagree, of course. There are places where we disagree. But we don't yell and slam doors --
HEMMER: (Inaudible) on the surface, to you expect me to believe that?
M. ROMNEY: Oh, we don't yell and slam doors.
A. ROMNEY: We don't scream.
HEMMER: But do you -- is it -- when it comes to policy or issues, is there disagreement?
A. ROMNEY: Well, I don't think we're ever exactly on the same page 100 percent, but --
HEMMER: Would you name one?
A. ROMNEY: I'm not going to name one because I don't think that's important. I'm not the one running for president, this guy is. And I completely support 90 percent of where Mitt is.
HEMMER: There's the possibility as we sit here today you could be in the White House in eight months.
Have you talked about that?
M. ROMNEY: Yes, we've spoken about that. We've thought about it. OK, what happens in that circumstance and are we prepared for that, what kinds of things would Ann focus on, which things would I do? We talk about how our life would change. But my guess is it's almost impossible to imagine how your life would change in that circumstance.
A. ROMNEY: I believe if Mitt wins, the country wins. If Mitt loses, the country loses. I really believe that. I think that we are at a dividing -- a real fork in the road as to which direction this country can go in.
And I really believe that there is a sense in the country that we are in danger and that we have got to turn this country around.
HEMMER: The way I see you selling yourself is the manager that America needs.
M. ROMNEY: I'm not sure manager is as apt a word as leader. A manager, somehow, you have the perception that they're handing out assignments and checking off boxes, and so forth, and telling other people what to do. A leader is someone who has the respect of other individuals, is likely to follow -- is likely to be able to get people to follow them, that has a vision for where you need to go.
When I look at my experience as the governor and then as someone running a business, I hope that I was more a leader and less a manager and more able to be successful by virtue of leading, which is bringing good people together, setting a course and working together to achieve the mission that you set.
HEMMER: So now --
A. ROMNEY: I saw that especially at the Olympics. And it was a sense of sacrifice or just giving something up and going out and helping and doing something. And everyone that was there was doing the same thing. And that, to me, is the closest comparison that you can see as to what needs to be done in this country right now. And I agree with Mitt. It's leadership. He was able to step in at a critical time. I think people that worked at the Olympics will tell you, to this day, that it was the most purposeful moment of their life.
HEMMER: In Jacksonville two weeks ago, you were talking about some of the ads being run against you. And you said the purpose of the president's ads are not to describe success and failure, but somehow to suggest that I'm not a good person or not a good guy. Explain the last part of that, not a good person or not a good guy.
M. ROMNEY: Well, I think that part of the president's campaign is either directly through his campaign organization or through people who support him in the media, is to somehow denigrate me as a person, to -- I mean, they said early on that their objective in that campaign was to, quote, "kill Mitt Romney," not literally, but figuratively, obviously.
But (inaudible) somehow make me unacceptable. That's part of what they want to do. That's the nature of a campaign. And I mean, I'm a husband, a father, grandfather, a business guy. I care very deeply about the country and that's why I'm running. I care about the kind of country we're going to leave to the next generation, my kids and grandkids.
HEMMER: What -- is he a good guy
A. ROMNEY: The best. And you know, I've known him for so long, and I met him in high school, and so I know that he has unquestionable integrity. Obviously I think everyone knows he's very intelligent. But beyond that, the judgment is so good.
HEMMER: Governor, I think visibly I've seen you get angry twice, and once was --
HEMMER: -- that bale of hay in Iowa last summer, when a couple guys were not quite down at the same rate that you wanted them to.
Does he get mad?