• With: Judy Miller, Cal Thomas, Jim Pinkerton, Alan Colmes

    This is a rush transcript from "Fox News Watch," February 4, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

    JON SCOTT, HOST OF “FOX NEWS WATCH” (voice-over): On “Fox News Watch” --

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    MITT ROMNEY, (R), FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR & PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Thanks, you guys.

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    SCOTT: Fresh from his win in Florida, he gets tackled by the media for saying this.

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    ROMNEY: I'm not very concerned about the poor. We have a safety net there.

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    SCOTT: The TOP frontrunner takes hits from the left and the right. The liberal media taking his words out of contest and conservatives concerned about his plan.

    And then came this.

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    DONALD TRUMP, REAL ESTATE MOGUL: It's my honor to endorse Mitt Romney.

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    SCOTT: A spectacle on the Vegas strip when Donald Trump casts his vote for Romney. And the media go all in to bring you the news. Will the endorsement help or hurt?

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    ERIC HOLDER, U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL: There's no attempt at any kind of cover up.

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    SCOTT: Attorney General Eric Holder back on Capitol Hill getting grilled about the Fast and Furious fiasco but the media show little interest.

    A controversy over contraception. President Obama attempts to challenge the in Catholic Church about its beliefs and tries to stifle religious freedoms. Is the issue getting the coverage it deserves?

    And your favorite news channel marks 10 years at the top.

    (on camera): On the panel this week, writer and Fox News contributor, Judy Miller; syndicated columnist, Cal Thomas; Jim Pinkerton, contributing editor, the American Conservative magazine; and host of the "Alan Colmes Show" on Fox News radio, Alan Colmes.

    I'm Jon Scott. “Fox News Watch” is on right now.

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    ROMNEY: I'm in this race because I care about Americans. I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. And if it needs repair, I'll fix it. I'm not concerned about the very rich. They're doing just fine. I'm concerned about the very heart of America, the 90, 95 percent of Americans, who right now who are struggling.

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    SCOTT: Mitt Romney on CNN the day after winning the Florida Republican primary.

    The media focused on the very first part of his phrase there, Jim, where he said I'm not concerned about the very poor. Everybody jumped on that and said, a-ha, here is a multi-millionaire out of touch.

    JIM PINKERTON, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE MAGAZINE:  They have to weigh the safety net, a trillion dollars in the federal budget, they just ignore that. Whenever the media are confronted by a situation like these kinds of quotes, they can apply the Dan Quayle rule or the Barack Obama rule. The Barack Obama rule is you ignore 57 states; you ignore clinging to their guns and religion. Or if it's the Dan Quayle rule, you focus and pound away forever on Murphy Brown or the spelling of potato. And something tells me, and I'm trying to think the variable would be. Maybe because Quayle and Mitt Romney are Republicans and Romney gets the Quayle rule, and Obama gets a different treatment. Just a hunch.

    SCOTT: Probably something he wishes he hadn't said, Judy. What about the fairness on how it was used?

    JUDY MILLER, WRITER & FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: I think it's unfair that conservatives immediately beat up on him for saying he intended to repair the safety net. I thought the statement was, forgive me, fair and balanced. But it managed to annoy conservative pundits and the liberals. It was kind of an astonishing display this week.

    SCOTT: Some pundits thought the message was out of touch. Were they right?

    CAL THOMAS, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: No, they weren't out of touch. What he should have said was, look, the war on poverty has been going on 40-some years and there's just as many poor people as when we started. It's cost over $1 trillion. Maybe we ought to try something else. But there's a template here. The media believes that big government is good and can fix everything, and giving people who are poor checks is a good thing to do. And if they can portray Republicans as something on the opposite, they're going to do it.

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    ALAN COLMES, FOX NEWS RADIO SHOW HOST: -- the media this, the media that.

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    COLMES: And a poor are victims of the media. We'll talk about what he said. If we back up the tape a few notches, he said, I believe in Americans or I care about Americans, I don't care about the poor. We can take that out of context, as if they're not Americans. This is part of an ongoing issue he's got saying, I like firing people, and this kind of cavalier attitude. And the day he has Donald Trump endorsing him, one of the most notorious billionaires in the world. He only continues to feed that meme. Pete Weiner, a well-known conservative, who says, this is ridiculous that he even said this, because what conservatives ought to be saying is, we want to lift all boats, a rising tide lifts all boats. And conservative theories will help the poor not continue the net for the poor.

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    SCOTT: We're going to take that phrase, conservatives -- what did he just say?