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Las Vegas and the 2012 Race

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," November 22, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST OF “HANNITY”: Welcome back to special edition of “Hannity”. Now, Nevada is a powerful swing state that can make-or-break elections. So pollster, Frank Luntz headed out to the Wynn Resort and Casino in Vegas to find out what Republican Nevada voters think about the primaries and much more. And he even managed to get casino mogul, Steve Wynn in on the conversation. Frank.

FRANK LUNTZ, POLLSTER: For most of the election cycle, Mitt Romney has been in first place, but at one point close to Rick Perry and another point close to Herman Cain. First, give me a word or phrase to describe Mitt Romney.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think he's consistent.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Capable.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Polished.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I was going to say polished.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Presidential.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don't like him.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Consistent.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Leader.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Rehearsed.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Slick.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Too slick.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Glossy.

LUNTZ: What advice for you all, would you all give to Mitt Romney over the coming weeks?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I would advise Mr. Romney to keep doing the same thing, acting presidential, and I wouldn't change anything.

LUNTZ: What would you advise Romney?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think he's too slick. When he said he would not hire an illegal person knowingly, but then he also said, well, because I'm running for office.

LUNTZ: So you guys had a problem with that answer?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

LUNTZ: What would you tell Romney?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My problem with Romney is I think he's just too clever. He looks -- he has changed his positions on many things and he is a moderate and he comes from a tradition of moderation. I just don't trust what he says.

LUNTZ: One more, what would you tell Romney?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I just think he really needs to speak as a person to us and not so polished and just above a level that doesn't connect with the people.

LUNTZ: I want to make this clear to the people watching at home. If it came down to Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, and those were your only two choices, how many in this room would vote for Rick Perry? Raise your hands.

And how many would vote for Mitt Romney, raise your hands? I hope they are watching. The people in Washington talk a lot about business and what business needs.

I'm standing next to one of the most successful business people of the last 50 years. Steve Wynn, I thank you for joining us in this conversation.

STEVE WYNN, WYNN RESORTS CEO: That was generous, Frank. Thank you.

LUNTZ: I could have said a century. You have an expertise that most people don't have. What would you ask Steve Wynn either about business or, if you allow us, politics that might enlighten you and enlighten the audience?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm curious, given your stature in business experience; do you consider Mitt Romney a businessman or a politician?

WYNN: Well, with a caveat that I might have some standing as a businessman, I have very little as an expert on politics. I think the governor, I thought about that, I think that pretty much at this point we can say based upon the governor's performance, he's both.

I think he's been successful as a governor and as a businessman, and I think that’s sort of coming through in these debates where he’s surely holding his own, along with Mitt Romney and the other fine candidates like Mrs. Bachmann and Mitt and Newt Gingrich, of course, I'm impressed. I think he's both.

LUNTZ: What do you guys think of Herman Cain, positive or negative?

FOCUS GROUP: Positive

LUNTZ: Is Herman Cain qualified to be president?

By a show of hands, how many of you would say he's qualified? He's never held elective office. Again as someone from the business community and you look at Herman Cain, any reactions?

WYNN: Well, when people on the other side of this question, the Democratic sort of point of view say that Herman Cain is completely inexperienced, I find that to be one of the funniest comments.

How about the guy in the White House? Herman Cain at least ran something. Whatever happened to the idea that you needed to run one itsy bitsy teeny thing before you tried to run the United States of America?

LUNTZ: Do you agree with that?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.

WYNN: So with respect to everybody else, I think that Henry Kissinger made a statement to someone that I know. Actually I don't mind saying it. He made the statement to Christie that I've been around presidents for a long time, many of them.

There are two things that make a great president, intelligence and character. If you are worried about foreign policy experience or any other technical thing, you will be well-advised, you will be surrounded by experts and briefings because the world changes so rapidly anyway that the people you need to talk to are people who have spent their life studying Cuba, Mexico, Latin America, Asia.

Hopefully you’ll have enough brains to listen to people that know what they are talking about, but you’ll get briefed, you will get expert advice on specifics. But you better bring to the White House character and intelligence. That makes you a good president.

LUNTZ: Don't be mad at me. If this guy were a candidate for president, how many here would you support him? Look at this. It's almost unanimous.

WYNN: That's because they don't know me.

LUNTZ: He always has the last word. Back to you. Thank you, Steve Wynn.

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