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Romney Feels Squeezed by Baier

By on 11.30.11 | 9:20AM

Last night I saw the Mitt Romney interview on Special Report with Bret Baier.

It might have been unwise for Romney to do an interview in the middle of a juice factory because it appears that he downed a bottle of snark nectar before he sat down with Baier. Or perhaps Romney felt that Baier was squeezing him like a lemon because his disposition certainly wasn't peachy.

Whatever the case, the interview was absolutely terrible. Romney was on the defensive when he did not need to be and was also unnecessarily condescending with Baier. Baier's questions were entirely reasonable. For instance when Baier asked about support health care mandates, Romney replied, "Bret, I don't know many hundred times I've said this too. This is an unusual interview," before breaking out into awkward laughter. How exactly was it an unusual interview for Romney if he has talked about mandates "hundreds of times"? If Romney can't handle questions from Baier I can only imagine how things will fare for Romney if he agrees to face the likes of Brian Williams, Scott Pelley, Steve Kroft or Diane Sawyer.

Later in the interview, Baier asked questions on behalf of Fox All-Star panelists Steve Hayes, A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer. When he did that I couldn't help but wonder why Romney refused to do the center seat interviews with Baier and the Fox All-Star panelists. All the other GOP candidates sat through it. If Gary Johnson can do it then why can't Romney? Is he afraid of A.B. Stoddard?

The bottom line here is if Romney can't handle questions from Bret Baier then how he can possibly handle himself in a debate with President Obama?

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