Despite the fact that Mitt Romney choked up and backed out of his scheduled appearance on ABC's The View, his wife Ann Romney and their son Josh still made an appearance on the daytime talk show today.
Though Josh Romney sat in the audience, Barbara Walters still used the opportunity to ask him about the controversial joke that his brother Tagg Romney stated yesterday about wanting to "take a swing" at the President.
"Do you want to slug President Obama like your brother said he did?" asked Walters. In Tagg's defense, Josh replied stating,
"That brother has slugged me a couple of times. I assure you President Obama has nothing to worry about." He continued, "You really don't like to see your dad get beat up by the media or President Obama or whatever it is, and so you take it pretty personally. But I'm think that was something he was just saying off-the-cuff and I' assure you he didn't mean it."
During the interview, Walters pointed out Mitt's flip-flopping stance on abortion over his political career and asked if she too switched positions on the issue. Romney responded saying, "the good news is, I'm not running for office and I don't have to say what I feel, but I am pro-life" before trying to explain why Mitt flip-flopped.
Mrs. Romney also confirmed that if her husband loses the campaign, they both will stay clear of politics.
Things also became tense when Whoopi Goldberg asked Mrs. Romney to clarify reports that said Mitt used his Mormon faith to avoid fighting in Vietnam.
Goldberg asked: "What I read, and maybe you can correct this, is that the reason that he didn't serve in Vietnam was because it was against the religion."
Mrs. Romney denied that claim and said, "he was serving his mission. My five sons have also served their mission. None served in the military." She later added, "I sent them away boys and they came back men."
Goldberg continued pressing the issue asking, "so when you're facing these mothers whose children have not come back, how will you explain to them that your sons haven't gone?"
"I think it's the hardest thing that a president will probably do," she said. She added that while governor of Massachusetts, her husband "went to every funeral ... and it was the hardest thing [he] had to do," said Romney.
The ladies of The View asked some really good and tough questions. Now we see why Mitt avoided the interview!