For one, Romney's controversial musings about London's preparedness to host the Olympics came during the interview with Williams. Romney also disclosed information in other interviews that undoubtedly will provide fodder for Democratic operatives.
Romney continued to insist he would not release more of his income tax returns and told ABC News that he had been audited by the IRS in the past. Romney also ducked when asked whether he had paid less than 13.9 percent of his income in taxes, saying he hadn't calculated that but would be "happy to go back and look." Earlier this year, Romney released his 2010 tax return, which indicated he had paid just 13.9 percent tax on income of $21.6 million — a rate substantially lower than what most Americans pay on far less income.
On CBS News, Romney was asked to respond to a Newsweek magazine cover that referred to him as a wimp.
"If I worried about what the media said I wouldn't get much sleep. I sleep pretty well," he said.
The Obama campaign, for its part, happily distributed information about media access when Obama, then an Illinois senator and the likely Democratic presidential nominee, took a major international trip in the summer of 2008. The campaign said Obama held four news conferences in four countries with a total of 25 questions and did seven network television interviews and a number of print interviews.
Romney campaign strategist Stuart Stevens, who traveled abroad with Romney, promised the candidate would do several print interviews before the general election. "He gave a lot of interviews over here," Stevens said.
Associated Press writers Kasie Hunt in Warsaw, Poland, and Steve Peoples and News Survey Specialist Dennis Junius in Washington contributed to this report.
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