The Interview

Mitt Romney spoke with TIME's Rick Stengel and Michael Crowley on Aug. 21. Excerpts:

Peter Hapak for TIME

The rationale for your candidacy is, I'm a businessman. I know how to fix the economy. I'd love for you to talk about the kind of perspective you have as someone who wasn't a businessman in the way your dad was, the CEO of a manufacturing company, but someone in private equity and a consultant.

Well, consulting offered me an opportunity to see a lot of different businesses in different regions of the world, to see how textiles were being affected by foreign competition, how technology was changing. I got a chance to work in a number of different industries and...

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