MIAMI – September 17, 2012 – During the first exclusive interview granted to a Spanish-language network since officially accepting the nomination as the Republican Presidential Candidate, Governor Mitt Romney spoke with Telemundo News Anchor José Díaz-Balart about the unrest in the Middle East and the state of the electoral race, as well as his views on immigration, the economy and US international policy towards Latin America. The exclusive interview will air today, Monday, September 17, on “Noticiero Telemundo” (6:30 p.m. ET/PT, 5:30 p.m. CT). An extended version will be broadcast on the network’s Sunday public affairs show “Enfoque con Jose Diaz-Balart” this Sunday, September 23, at 12 p.m. ET/PT, 11 a.m. CT as part of a two episode series with exclusive interviews of the Presidential candidates. Below are some of the highlights:
About Iran: “I believe that the key to a policy in the Middle East is whether or not Iran is going to have a nuclear weapon. And Iran is not far away to having a nuclear weapon. The prime minister of Israel just said that he believes they will have that capability relatively soon. That’s the most serious foreign policy, national security threat America faces, is a nuclear Iran. And, unfortunately, we’re four years closer to that than when the President took office.”
About Egypt: “Well, he’s [President Obama] wrong. Egypt is an ally of the United States. It has been for some time. There’s a question about how we’ll go forward together. And whether under the new government, Egypt will remain an ally of the United States…. And we’ll do everything, when I’m President, to assure that Egypt understands its relationship with the United States is beneficial to them… and have them understand that to remain an ally of the United States, they must honor their peace agreement with Israel. They must also protect our embassies. And they must also protect the rights of minorities within their country. ”
About his campaign: “I’ve got a terrific campaign. My senior campaign people work extraordinarily well together. I work well with them. Our campaign is doing well…” And when asked about possible changes: “No, I’ve got a good team.”
About the Deferred Action Plan: “I’m gonna make sure that we have a permanent solution to help dreamers, to help these young people who came to this country through no fault of their own, brought here by their parents. I want them to understand what their permanent status is. And from the very beginning of my administration, I will work to put in place legislation that…deals with the major immigration issues that America faces.
About Mexico the Drug War and Oil: “If there’s demand, it’s gonna get produced somewhere. Our job is to help market to our people how bad it is to use drugs… our young people… need to understand that when they use drugs…they are in some ways empowering the terrible acts of violence, including murders… With the new President of Mexico, there seems to be some openness about maybe sharing technology, perhaps some investment in the oil sector.. Our relationship with Mexico, with our North American friends is one of the ingredients that can help North America achieve energy independence within eight years.”
On the heels of President Obama’s first exclusive first exclusive interview to a Spanish-language network after accepting his nomination, Governor Romney´s exclusive interview is part of a series of informative specials and segments that make up “Decisión 2012” (“Decision 2012), a Telemundo News initiative that houses all reporting related to the 2012 elections. This initiative has included the complete coverage of the Presidential Primaries and the Democratic and Republican National Conventions; the release of the monthly national Latino Telemundo/NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls, as well as exclusive interviews with the candidates and key political figures. Recently, NBC News and Telemundo announced a partnership to deliver an unprecedented number of hours of political coverage in English and Spanish under the signature banner “Decision 2012.” Telemundo’s election coverage is complemented by the public service campaign “Vota por tu futuro” (“Vote for your future”) created to raise awareness among the Hispanic population about the importance of exercising the right to vote.