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July 27th, 2012
04:19 PM ET

Michael Phelps on Michael Jordan: "He came out every single night on the court and did what he had to do...that's what champions do"

Coming up on Monday night at 9 p.m., "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes one of the most-decorated Olympic athletes in history, 16-time medal winner Michael Phelps.

Joining Piers Morgan as he prepares for his third games, the 27-year-old swimming legend is asked to extend his thinking outside of the pool, as the host dives in with a deeper, and broader question:

"Who are your sporting idols?" Morgan asks the man so similarly described by others.

"Michael Jordan," responds Phelps, nearly as quickly as he executes one of his trademark flip turns. "He changed the sport of basketball in my eyes. On and off the court, the guy made basketball what it is. And, you know, what he did."

What the basketball Hall of Famer did, was rewrite the history of his craft, much in the same way Phelps is doing with his. A six-time NBA champion, and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Jordan's overall talent was rivaled only by his overwhelming will to win, a trait not lost on the equally-competive Phelps: FULL POST

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July 27th, 2012
03:02 PM ET

Ann Romney on her husband's "internal sense of self" and Mitt Romney on being "properly in love"

Continuing this evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes Mitt and Ann Romney, as the presidential candidate and his wife join the program from the outdoor grounds of the Old Royal Naval College in London.

Included in the backdrop is the equestrian venue in historic Greenwich Park, where Rafalca, a dressage horse co-owned by Mrs. Romney, will compete for Olympic glory in the upcoming games.

Prior to the engaging sit down interview, Morgan took a brief stroll with wife of the former Massachusetts governor, earning some insight into her husband's publicly perceived "calm" demeanor:

"I think where it goes to, is this internal sense of self, where he's very confident in who he is," Mrs. Romney tells Piers Morgan. "But he also knows that as president, he's going to be doing things that may not always be understood, but they're going to be always the right thing, what he believes is the right thing for the country."

Continuing to praise her husband of more than four decades, Ann Romney adds: "So he's going to act from integrity always...And if people question his motives or anything else, or accuse him of this or that, he doesn't let that get him ruffled."

Later in the show, the presumptive GOP nominee joins his wife, fielding Morgan's signature question of "How many times have you been properly in love?"


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July 27th, 2012
02:59 PM ET

Ann Romney on recovering from MS, carrying the olympic torch in 2002: "You stop and pause and say, 'wow...look where I was'"

Broadcasting out of his native England, this evening Piers Morgan welcomes Mitt and Ann Romney for a candid and revealing conversation that comes alongside the 2012 Summer Olympic Games from London.

A decade since the Romneys helped host the 2002 Olympics in their home state of Utah, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host walks the couple down memory lane:

"There was a very poignant moment, when you were asked to allow someone who was your hero, to hold the torch. And you chose your wife," reviewed Morgan. "Tell me about that."

Reflecting on that period in his life, the former Massachusetts governor shares intimate details from inside the Romney family:

"Ann had been diagnosed with MS in about 1998. And she was going downhill fast. Her right side was numb. She was having a hard time getting up stairs. We were looking at potentially seeing a wheelchair in her future. As we got closer to the Olympics, and she got stronger and stronger, we were hopeful that Ann might be someone who could carry the torch into Salt Lake City. She made the kind of progress that suggested to the people who knew her that she was a hero," reveals Romney. "And for me, there was no one who had inspired me more than Ann. And so I nominated her to be a torchbearer."

For the 63-year-old mother of five, successfully running with the olympic torch represented the last lap in what had been a marathon recovery: FULL POST

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July 27th, 2012
02:54 PM ET

Mitt Romney on gun legislation: "The effort to continue to look for some law to somehow make violence go away is missing the point"

Coming up tonight at 9 p.m., Piers Morgan finds himself on familiar soil, as the British-born television presenter continues to broadcast his program from London, home of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Though tonight brings the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXX Olympiad, it also marks one week since the deadly shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, CO.

Joined by Mitt Romney from the Royal Naval College in England, Morgan asks his guest about the political debate that has risen in the aftermath of the movie massacre:

"President Obama, last night, in a speech, made a big speech which on the face of it, and he’s getting credit for this, looked like he was moving to change things," says the host. "If he called you up and said 'look, we need to get together in the wake of this, as I’ve said, the worst ever shooting, we need to get together, do a compromised deal, that just makes it more difficult for people like this to evade the system,' would you at least, in principle, be happy to have that conversation?"

Addressing gun control, which has quickly become one of the most polarizing issues in the country, the former Massachusetts governor cautions against sweeping changes: FULL POST

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July 27th, 2012
02:46 PM ET

Mitt Romney on his record of solving problems: "The country is in need of a turnaround...the Olympics was a turn around"

Coming up this evening at 9 p.m., "Piers Morgan Tonight" continues to broadcast from London, as Piers Morgan is back in his native land for the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Joining the host as the world turns its attention towards this year's games, is a man with plenty of olympic experience, presumptive GOP nominee for the 2012 election, Mitt Romney.

Hired as the president and CEO of the Organizing Committee in 2002, Romney is often credited with saving the Salt Lake City Winter Games, and nearly a decade layer, it's an event he still draws from:

"People who learn the experience of leadership – whether in their homes, in their community, in their business, or in something like the Olympics. Those lessons of leadership can be applied to other circumstances," explains the 65-year-old Republican. "In our case at the Olympics we faced tough times, ...we built a strong team. I was able to establish with them a clear vision of what we needed to do. We tackled a budget crisis that we faced, and we were able to come together in a way, through unity, that that produced an extraordinary success."

Now, nearly a decade later, the former Masscahusetts governor aims to translate his success in Salt Lake City, into success in Washington, D.C., and across the entire nation: FULL POST

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July 27th, 2012
02:38 PM ET

Mitt Romney on being criticized for his accomplishments: "When you attack success you have less...that is not the American way"

Coming up this evening at 9 p.m., Piers Morgan broadcasts out of his native England, as the program continues it's coverage from the home of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Alongside the Opening Ceremony, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes a man often credited with saving the olympics more than a decade ago, Mitt Romney.

Joining the host with his wife Ann by his side, the Republican Party's presumptive nominee for the 2012 election addresses those that view his business achievements as a negative for his campaign:

“There are people who are trying to attack success and are trying to attack our success; that’s not going to be successful," says the former Massachusetts governor. "When you attack success you have less of it, and that’s what we’ve seen in our economy over the last few years. Dividing America based on who has money and who hasn’t – who is successful and who is less successful. That is not the American way."

With the election roughly three month away, the 65-year-old insists that his accomplishments and professional victories will ultimately benefit him in his push to unseat Barack Obama: FULL POST

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Need to Know News: London welcomes world for Olympics opening ceremony; Powerful storms kill at least two in Northeast
July 27th, 2012
12:50 PM ET

Need to Know News: London welcomes world for Olympics opening ceremony; Powerful storms kill at least two in Northeast

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For July 27, 2012 – London welcomes world for Olympics opening ceremony, powerful storms kill at least two in Northeast, and Katherine Jackson laughs at stroke report, lawyer says... FULL POST

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