"Face the Nation" transcripts, June 24, 2012: Gov. Perry, Gov. Pawlenty, Mayor Villaraigosa
(CBS News) Below is a rush transcript of "Face the Nation" on June 24, 2012, hosted by CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer. Guests include:Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Ronmey adviser Eric Ferhnstrom, and President Obama campaign deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter. A roundtable on politics includes CBS News' Norah O'Donnell and John Dickerson, The Washington Post's Dan Balz and Time Magazine's Joe Klein.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Today on "Face the Nation," we're having a heat wave and it's not just about the weather. Immigration, the Obama agenda, or lack thereof and Romney's business record sent the campaign temperatures soaring. Mitt Romney looked for a new recipe to counter the President's promise not to deport the children of some illegal immigrants.
MITT ROMNEY: I don't want to rush this. This is so much fun.
BOB SCHIEFFER: After a brief stumble, the President got his mojo back as the two candidates went hard after the Hispanic vote.
(President Barack Obama speaking foreign language)
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Was providing these young people with the opportunity for a temporary measure of relieve the right thing to do? I think it was.
BOB SCHIEFFER: "Then why did you wait till now?" asked Romney.
MITT ROMNEY: He did nothing to advance a permanent fix for our broken immigration system, nothing. Instead, he failed to act until facing a tough reelection and trying to secure your vote.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Well, why did your company put all those people out of work, shot back the Obama side, in a withering new ad.
MAN (Political Ad): Mitt Romney made over a hundred million dollars by shutting down our plant and devastated our lives.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Which gives us plenty to talk about with Texas governor Rick Perry, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, the man many say is on Romney's short list for running mate. The chairman of the Democratic Convention, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Romney's senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom, and Obama's deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter. Plus, analysis from TIME Magazine's Joe Klein, Dan Balz of the Washington Post, and our own Norah O'Donnell and John Dickerson. We'll wade into all of it, but don't hold your breath waiting for things to cool down because this is FACE THE NATION.
ANNOUNCER: And now from CBS News in Washington, FACE THE NATION with Bob Schieffer.
BOB SCHIEFFER: And good morning again and welcome to FACE THE NATION.
Texas Governor Rick Perry is in Austin with us this morning. Governor, thank you for joining us. You said some pretty tough things.
GOVERNOR RICK PERRY (R-Texas/Former Republican Presidential Candidate): Good morning, Mister Schieffer.
BOB SCHIEFFER: You said some tough things about Mitt Romney back during the primaries but now you're a Romney man. How do you think he's doing?
GOVERNOR RICK PERRY: Well, we all said some tough things about each other. That's what competition is about in contests, but I think Governor Romney is very focused on the issues that are important to the vast majority of the people out there, and that's the economy. This President has overseen the loss of 1.4 million jobs. We're now into the greatest deficit position this country has ever been in because of the uncontrolled spending that has gone on with the stimulus program. So Mitt Romney is very steady, job-creating focused on allowing the private sector to create those jobs, is spot on. Most Americans understand that. They're ready to have a change in Washington, DC--
BOB SCHIEFFER (overlapping): Let me ask you--
GOVERNOR RICK PERRY: --in 2015.
BOB SCHIEFFER: The thing that was at the top of the news this week, of course, was immigration. We heard the President make his announcement that he's not going to deport the children of some of the illegal's children who were brought in here when they were-- when they were very young. During the primary Governor Romney accused you of giving a subsidy to-- to some of the illegals because you were going to let them go to school at the University of Texas and the other state schools at the in-student rate. And here's what you said about it.
GOVERNOR RICK PERRY (September 22, 2011): If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they've been brought there by no fault of their own, I don't think you have a heart.
BOB SCHIEFFER: So that's pretty tough thing, Governor. How can you come off saying that and now say you think he's the man?
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