BELLEVUE, Iowa (CNN) – Mitt Romney sounded increasingly upbeat Monday heading into the final days before the Iowa caucuses, telling a group of reporters here: "I think I'm going to win."
"I'm not going to forecast that necessarily," he said. "But I think I'm going to win, and that would be enormously powerful for my campaign. I'm confident I'll get either the gold or the silver, but at this stage I'm feeling pretty good."
Romney - who also told reporters that any finish in the top three would be acceptable - has refused to acknowledge a series of fresh criticisms levied at him by his main rival in Iowa, Mike Huckabee, while speaking to audiences in recent days.
Instead he has stuck firmly to a stump speech emphasizing his optimism about the future and urging supporters to "bring a friend or two" to caucus.
"Get in there and do your thing," he said in Bellevue, one of six campaign stops scheduled for the day across eastern Iowa. "The whole nation is watching Iowa … I can't wait for Thursday night. I have been working for this for a long, long time."
His campaign has also added a new, positive ad to the TV rotation, featuring Romney looking into the camera and re-emphasizing his resume as a problem-solver.
The former Massachusetts governor said the "closing ad" was part of a final push where he will emphasize his own message instead of blasting Huckabee, which his campaign has been doing steadily for the last month.
"This is a time to talk about my message," Romney said, asked by CNN why he has refused to mention Huckabee on the trail in recent days. "My closing ad and my closing speeches are about the positive vision I have for my campaign."
Still, while Romney avoids mentioning Huckabee in front of crowds, he remains eager to criticize the former Arkansas governor when speaking to the press.
He opened a session with reporters here by saying that as president, he would impose strict guidelines regulating pardons and commutations for convicted criminals, which he did as governor.
The comments were clearly aimed as a contrast to Huckabee's record on the issue, which Romney said will hurt Huckabee with voters, along with illegal immigration and taxes.
If we are supposed to have a "Free" press in the United States, then how come every one of them ignore certain facts and play up others. If it was a "Free" press then at least one of the major media would report certain issues even if obviously biased media, like Fox, will not.
I give examples like Mitt Romney getting caught just a few weeks ago employing Illegal Aliens on his mansion property, while all the while saying that he is against Illegal Immigration. I watch and listen in horror that after just one day, it is no longer mentioned. When that, along with all of his other lies like marching with Martin Luthr King would be a campaign ender. If all the media was "Free" wouldn't at least ONE of them mention this from time to time at least?
I could go on and on. With other examples like John McCain being one of the infamous "Keeting Five". He got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. If that was mentioned from time to time, we wouldn't have to listen to him preaching about staying in Iraq and other such nutty ideas that he has. Nutty ideas though are not illegal. Taking money from Charles Keeting was and is!
Romney is THE candidate. Not because of his time as governor. It's because of his time as a businessman. This country doesn't need someone who only has experience spending someone else's money. Romney saved the 2002 Olympics, and made mega-millions as a businessman. We need someone who'll get rid of the pork, and run our country like a business. If a program isn't working, get rid of it. That's what a businessman does. A politician throws more money at it.
Hey Republicans against Romney, don't bring religion into this. You claim to be a good member of the church. How can you prove that. Just because you're against Mitt, don't slam his stances. Do you do that against Harry Reid, another Mormon.
I don't like NONE of them & its too bad McCain missed the boat.
He will not win. In the end he is not what America is looking for. I will not go into detail why.