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After getting temporarily bumped by CBS, Mitt Romney sat down with George Stephanopoulos to talk about Libya, Egypt, Iran, QE3, the upcoming debates, and food fights with his grandkids. The rather lengthy interview covered all the big topics of the moment and also gave the nominee a chance to set the table for next month's debates. 

In the first half of the interview Romney reiterated most of the points he's been trying to get across on the foreign policy front, standing by his criticism of the Cairo embassy and also the administration's handling of Iran. He also reiterated that he's not a fan of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Benrnanke's tactics, and said that the decision to implement more quantitative easing is a bad idea, but also proves that President Obama is wrong about the economy.

Perhaps the most provocative part of the interview was when Stephanopoulos asked him about the debates how he is preparing. Romney replied that his biggest channel will be whether he wants to spend his time talking about his own agenda, or going after Obama every time he tells a lie. Which, based on Romney's research is a frequent occurrence.

But I think the challenge that I’ll have in the debate is that the president tends to, how shall I say it, to say things that aren’t true.  And in attacking his opponents.  I’ve looked at prior debates.  And in that kind of case, it’s difficult to say, “Well, am I going to spend my time correcting things that aren’t quite accurate?  Or am I going to spend my time talking about the things I want to talk about?”

You can see a clip of the interview below and read the full transcript at

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