Mitt Romney now says he would love to visit “The View’s” sharp-tongued non-conservatives, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, next month.
The announcement, in the form of a statement from the GOP presidential nominee’s campaign, comes after Mother Jones released a tape of a talk that Romney gave in May at a private fundraiser — in which he discussed, among other things, which TV talk shows he would avoid during his campaign.
“Letterman hates me because I’ve been on Leno more than him. They’re very jealous of one another, as you know,” Romney told people attending the $50,000-a-plate fundraiser in Boca Raton, Fla. The reference was to CBS late-night host David Letterman and NBC late-night host Jay Leno.
Romney also nixed the NBC sketch-comedy series “Saturday Night Live”: “I did not do that, in part because you want to show that you are fun, and a good person, but you also want to be presidential. ‘Saturday Night Live’ has the potential of looking slapstick, and not presidential.”
He said “The View,” ABC’s daytime talker, “is fine.” But then, appearing to think better of that, Romney said “The View” is “high-risk, because, of the five women on it, only one is conservative, and four are sharp-tongued and not conservative.”
The next morning, The Ladies of “The View” giddily jumped all over Romney’s crack.
“This is the preseason,” Sherri Shepherd, one of the Sharp-Tongued Ones, said, making a football analogy.
“If you can’t handle four sharp-tongued women, how are you going to handle the country?”