KUDLOW: According to this story, the guy in Iowa who told the reporter at the Politico said that this push poll emphasized a lot of positives about Senator John McCain. And I want to ask you that because, of course, this crazy incident on MSNBC where McCain's 95-year-old mother starts blaming Mormons for difficulties around the Salt Lake City Olympics, which you wound up fixing yourself. Is there anything to this? Is this a McCain assault?
Gov. ROMNEY: Well, I don't think we know where the assault has come from, and I think it's going to be hard to find out. But I can tell you this, which is that Senator McCain was the author of the McCain-Feingold bill, and if you will, he's the Dr. Frankenstein for a bill I considered a monster. And that bill and the creation of these entities, these 527s and 501C4s, where people are able to contribute massive amounts of money, no limits on how much they contribute, hide who they are, no disclosure about the person or their connections to organizations, that's the problem here. And it's something which, in this case, is threatening the kind of appropriate campaign process that you'd expect in a campaign like this. And I think it's very unfortunate. I think the real fault here is McCain-Feingold, the bill McCain-Feingold, and the monster that it is. Now, as to who's behind this particular round of attacks, you know, we may never know. Time is going to tell. There'll be an effort to try and find out, but, you know, this isn't the first, it won't be the last. There are various pieces of literature and e-mails and so forth of the same nature that have been sent around. It's just--it's wrong, it's un-American, and it's one reason McCain-Feingold ought to be repealed. It's a bad piece of law.
KUDLOW: Do you or your staff have any evidence at all that Mr. McCain is behind these push polls?
Gov. ROMNEY: No, we don't. That's why I say we don't know who's behind the push polls. We don't know who's behind the literature and the e-mails. It could be any one of the campaigns or it could be someone associated with other groups. It's hard to know because. under McCain-Feingold, there's no requirement that these groups identify who they are or that we know what kind of financing is being provided and what kind of organizations they might be affiliated with. It's really--it's really a very unfortunate piece of legislation.
KUDLOW: The other day in the campaign trail, I guess someone asked you whether you intended to give a speech on your religious beliefs, on your faith as John F. Kennedy did back in 1960. And I think you responded by saying that you would be open to it, your political advisers don't want you to do it. Have you made a decision on this yet? Where are you going to come out on this speech?
Gov. ROMNEY: Well, actually, I--maybe I'm too simple in that response because, you know, I get advice of a lot of different kinds from advisers on all sides of that issues--that issue, rather, but I don't really have a conclusion at this point. Nothing new to add on that. We'll see what happens down the road.
KUDLOW: Do you think that the religious issue is holding back, holding your campaign back, holding your numbers back? Is there any evidence of that?
Gov. ROMNEY: You know, I don't think so. In the states where I'm well-known and where I spent my time, like Iowa and New Hampshire, Michigan, South Carolina, Wyoming, Nevada and Florida, I'm doing real well. I'm either in first place or tied for first place in six of those seven; in Florida I'm in second place. So there's no real indication that people are going to choose their nominee of their party based on which church he goes to.
KUDLOW: Governor Mitt Romney, I appreciate it very much. We'll leave it there. Thank you for spending time with us again, sir.
Gov. ROMNEY: Thanks, Larry, good to be with you.
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