Lisa Wangsness, a political reporter for the Boston Globe, wrote a Globe blog post about an off-air exchange between Mitt Romney and Iowa talk show host Jan Mickelson. The exchange was captured on video and posted to YouTube. Wangsness describes it as “heated” and links to this 10-minute video (which I watched) but the more popular video of the same interview is located here.
I don’t know if I would call the exchange “heated”. Adamant, though. Perhaps spending 18 months working with arrogant windy talk radio hosts is excellent preparation for dealing with Congress.
What is most striking to me about the video is simply that the off-air discussion with the candidate is of higher quality and more interactive than the on-air discussion, during which Mickelson switches to a more extreme show-biz mode and goes on, and on, and on. I never listen to talk radio, and watching this video provides me with anecdotal evidence that this is a wise choice.
UPDATE: The post has become a story in today's Globe, headlined "Romney loses cool with radio talk-show host in Iowa". I wouldn't say so, but thanks to YouTube, everyone who cares can watch and judge for themselves.