Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney outperformed all other GOP presidential candidates in the raising-money race in the first quarter of 2007, and the news earned him a victory lap on the network morning shows today.
He got a nice "congratulations" from NBC's Matt Lauer, but ABC's Robin Roberts really poured on the love. The following are some of the actual questions she posed to Romney this morning:
"Now we're going to talk to the man of the morning, former Gov. Mitt Romney. We spoke from Watertown, Mass., to discuss those staggering fund-raising totals that are the talk of the town. Gov. Romney, we certainly do appreciate your time this morning. Third in the Republican polls, but you have everybody's attention this morning. So where's the money coming from, Governor?"
"You said the money is coming from all the states. The New York Times this morning is reporting that 15 percent of the money raised in your campaign is coming from the state of Utah. Many speculate that it has something to do, of course, with your being a Mormon. Does your religion factor in at all in your campaign and in your fund-raising?"
"Many are wondering if you will do -- take a page from former President Kennedy, who had addressed the nation about his Catholic upbringing. Do you anticipate doing the same?"
"You bring up your wife and your children and being married to the same woman for over 30 years. When you say something like that, are you -- it's in such contrast, of course, with what is being said about people that you're running against who have been married multiple times, such as Mayor Giuliani and John McCain. Are you -- is your hope that people will see the contrast?"
"Your message is very strong. The Washington Times also says -- forgive me -- it's your appearance and you're right out of casting central because of your appearance in that. And they even went so far as to say that your hair is presidential. How do you respond when people talk like that?"