Chris Christie, Ann Romney headline Day 2 of the RNC

'The Five' reveal what to watch for


This is a rush transcript from "The Five," August 28, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

DANA PERINO, CO-HOST: You are looking live at the floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum where the RNC is going to start any minute now on the roll call vote which will tell you what state is there to officially nominate Mitt Romney for president.

And Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly are both standing by. And we're going to take you there the moment it starts. It could be any minute now.

Quickly, I want your thoughts. Andrea, what's assessment of the convention so far?

ANDREA TANTAROS, CO-HOST: It's been great but this is the moment it kicks off. And after a grueling primary season, we have seen some shoot inside the tent. We've heard rumors that the Tea Party is not behind Mitt Romney, that the party isn't unified.

I can tell you when they nominate him, you're going to see a unified Republican Party. A lot of articles today, Dana, USA Today talking about how the Tea Party coalesced, he's been able to bring in moderates. The conservatives, that was his weakness. Dana, they are with him and I think you'll see that on the floor tonight. Lots of enthusiasm.

PERINO: And we're going to have speeches tonight front a lot of different people. But most interestingly, we have Ann Romney, we'll have her speech, as well as Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey. What are you looking for in those speeches in?

GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: Well, I think -- they obviously have to delineate what they're going to do from Obama. They have to say, look you voted with your heart before. Now it's time to vote with your head.

PERINO: And your wallet.

GUTFELD: And your wallet. And a lot of people voted for Obama because doing the one trip to the soup kitchen every year. More about making yourself feel good than actually doing good. And I think at this point people are saying, hey, we're the Republican Party, we're the clean-up crew, we're the after party that bankrupted a nation.

BOB BECKEL, CO-HOST: Didn't you used to use soup kitchen yourself?

GUTFELD: I actually sleep at one, Bob.

BECKEL: Oh, I thought.

PERINO: You worked at soup kitchens.

Bob, how many conventions have you been to?

BECKEL: Twelve.

PERINO: And is this the most exciting one you have been to?

BECKEL: This one just -- I tell you, I barely can sleep at night in anticipation.

I'll tell you, one thing that's going to happen in this roll call states. You know, you always leave it up, you go over the top of the delegate that you need to be the nominee with your home state. So people defer. So they say great state (INAUDIBLE).

My question is which state is it going to be? New Hampshire? Massachusetts? Utah? Or Michigan?

PERINO: Well, actually, on the state thing, it's interesting. If you look at an article today about Michigan and Wisconsin, two states that maybe a year-and-a-half ago nobody thought were in play, they could go for Mitt Romney this time.

ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: Yes, a lot of things going in Romney's favor, especially in states like Wisconsin and Michigan. Gasoline prices for one. They're exploding in those two states.

I'm sure President Obama is going to have to have an answer and hopefully do something ridiculous like release oil from the SPR.


BOLLING: You know what it is? You know what -- he's basically saying you know what? Maybe we'll release oil from the SPR. Well, that's for bombing and attack on our emergency oil situation, on our infrastructure. Not when it's campaign is getting bombed.

So, hopefully they don't -- but as far as tonight, Ann Romney is going to talk about her husband. She's going to make him -- introduce us to him from her perspective.

Mia Love, I'm watching that, but she is going to tell us --

PERINO: Tell us who she is.

BOLLING: Mia Love is a -- she's a mayor from Utah. She's running for Congress. She's black. She's a Mormon, a female -- she's hitting all the demographics to shore up. She's going to tell us why the war on women is coming from the Obama administration not from Republicans.

Then Chris Christie will slam the door and say, thank you, here we go --

BECKEL: He's going to slam the door, right?


BECKEL: Better be a strong door.

PERINO: Andrea, let's get your take on that because there has been a lot of talk about the difference between how -- if you look at the breakdowns, single women are more likely to say they will vote for President Obama and married women say they are more likely to vote for Romney.

How do you think if you're a Republican Party and you have a chance for Ann Romney to speak tonight and Mia Love amongst others, what do you think they should say to try to appeal to single women?

TANTAROS: I think it's the exact message that you've heard Paul Ryan mentioned -- debt, doubt, decline.

Now, married women voters, they traditionally determine the outcome of every single election. We've heard them called soccer moms. We've heard them called and security moms. They're coupon clippers and they vote every time, Dana. They are traditionally swing voters but they're in Romney's camp.

They're not worried about their uterus or birth control and all these other issues. They are worried about paying the bills, putting their kids in college, putting their parents in nursing homes. How are they going to pay for all of that?

They are worried about the debt, the deficit and balancing their own budgets.

BOLLING: And therein lies the real war on women.

TANTAROS: Exactly.

PERINO: Let me Greg in here -- because, Greg, if you were advising Mitt Romney tonight or the rest of the Republican what is line would you suggest for them to pick up single women?

GUTFELD: Let see. I tried to the line that I've used. The pitch to single women is you don't need a husband, that in fact the government is a better husband. It doesn't break wind. It doesn't snore. And so, it's the perfect husband.

BECKEL: It's not married to you. That's right.

GUTFELD: Exactly. But the great thing, I want to go back to Mitt Romney for a minute. She exposed the secret sexism of modern feminist.

You to go back to Hilary Rosen, that was the feminist equivalent of the "you didn't build that" but from the feminist perspective, and that changed everything.

PERINO: Not everybody know what Hilary Rosen said?

GUTFELD: She said that basically that Hilary -- because Hilary because Ann Romney didn't satisfy what now considers to be successful woman. She had no career. She wasn't really --

TANTAROS: So, the stay-at-home mom. She's a stay-at-home mom not really being working moms.

BECKEL: You didn't build it again. I noticed that.

TANTAROS: That's the theme of the convention.

BECKEL: Single women broke several elections ago, stayed that way for Democrats. And it's the same way in the suburban areas began to go Democratic. Married women tend to feel much stronger on the economy.

GUTFELD: Why is that, though? Because they are influenced by their husbands.

BECKEL: No, that's true, but also, because they bear the brunt of --

PERINO: I think it's another reason. I think women that are married who are let's say mothers of teenage children as well as -- so they are preparing for, they're dealing with that. Plus they have to deal with the college education fund. And they're also helping the elderly parents so they are fresh on both ends. Look at this saying this is not what I thought --

BECKEL: My parents threw me out of the house and never paid for college.

BOLLING: The war on women, let's stay on that for a second. You know, the --

BECKEL: You really want to stay there?

BOLLING: No, the Democrats want to say that Republicans are running a war on women through not offering free birth control, whatever. The real war on women has been the last four years under Obama. There are 500,000 fewer women working now than when he took over. That's the war.

The price of gasoline is doubled under President Obama. That's the war on any single mom that puts gas --

PERINO: The budget.

BOLLING: -- in a van, and take their kids to play soccer. There's the war.

TANTAROS: Traditionally, single women don't turn out the way that married women turn out. So they could be in Barack Obama's camp. But there's a lot of single women, too, making over six figures who are incredibly successful and had to go back to work after the man-cession, the recession and they're saying, wait a minute, I don't care about the birth control pills. Stop pandering me.

BECKEL: I for one do care about birth control pills. And you got to break? Is that what you're saying?

PERINO: We're going to go because --

BECKEL: Because I was talking.

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