February 28th, 2012
10:15 AM ET
6 years ago

Top Republican predicts consequences if Romney loses Michigan

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is all riding on Michigan's primary vote, a top GOP congressman said Tuesday.

"From my perspective, if Romney does not win Michigan, it creates real problems for his candidacy," New York Rep. Peter King said Tuesday on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

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King said a Michigan loss for Romney would spark more active recruitment of other candidates from GOP insiders.

"I think you will start seeing more activity among the Republican establishment, whatever that is, talking to people like Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan, Mitch Daniels. If Mitt Romney has not been able to break loose at all, can't win Michigan, it raises real problems. Rick Santorum has had a lot of negatives over the last week. If he is still able to win Michigan, that shows a real problem that Mitt Romney has."

King was quick to make clear he was just verbalizing Republican chatter.

"I have no inside knowledge," King said. "Just whispering and mumbling here. Again, among top Republicans who are concerned that Governor Romney has not been able to break loose. The longer this goes on and his weaknesses show, the stronger President Obama becomes."

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Filed under: 2012 • Michigan • Peter King
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. CoJo

    We know Santorum does not believe people should go to college. Why? Because they don't come out as a hard core evangelical like he is. He even would prefer to have every child educated at home like he was. No need for school at all. Yet he has three degrees and sends his own kids to college. Obviously he says one thing about college “opening “ kid’s minds in a negative way but STILL sends his own kids. What a hypocrite.

    February 28, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    To use the word 'top' and 'republican' in a sentence is like saying jumbo shrimp.

    February 28, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Just shut up and let the primary process play itself out. This is all just a bunch of horse puckey. Let the voters decide.

    February 28, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    King sees what I see. Romney is has been infected with a highly contagious disease, 2012 GOP Front-Runner-Itis. It is a brain affliction that is severely debilitating. The most common symptons are radical and strange statements from the victim, which make the victim appear to have suspect mental faculties.

    Newt has already had two bouts of it. Santorum has got it real bad. So far, Ron Paul appears to be immune this year, but has shown symptoms in years past.

    February 28, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Adevilson Silva

    Not a problem at all. He just needs to buy more voters than Santorum does. And he's got da money to do so!

    February 28, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. DIANA

    It would be impossible for anyone else to jump in now. First, there wouldn't be enough delegates for this person to win. Second, no money and the Romney/Santorum base would go nuts, Inot that they aren't already). Last, no one in his/her right mind would enter this circus. Keep dreaming.

    I hope Santorum does win Michigan – this is the best and funniest reality show I've ever seen.

    February 28, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Satberry

    I think they should approach krispy kreme.Willard will loose Michigan .They are mad as hell "let the auto industry go bankrupt".Their is justice.

    February 28, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. indyreader

    Sad how far the Republican party has gotten hijacked by nutbars. When I was young and couldn't vote yet, at least the loonies had trouble getting any kind of major party affiliation, and everybody knew Lyndon LaRouche wasn't a serious candidate. Now, not so much, apparently.

    February 28, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. GI Joe.

    I predct the sun will rise in the east tomorrow.

    February 28, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. coy4one

    Wow! The Republicans are getting really scared now! Unfortunately, none of Mr. King's suggesions; i.e. Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan, Mitch Daniels, stand a chance of winning the general election either. Chris Christie is a "bully" and the general population will not trust that he can keep his mouth shut when it needs to be. Jeb Bush is a "wimp". He talks a good show, but when it comes down to it, he is just like his brother, they just can't seem to get their ideas through unless they exagerate. Paul Ryan needs to settle down before he's ready. His, "my way or the highway" isn't going to settle well with the voters. Mitch Daniels? We know "who" he is, but "what" does he stand for? All I've ever seen of Mitch Daniels is a "blamer." He offers nothing else.

    So you see, the GOP is grabbing at straws, but the fact is, it will take another Reagan to gain control of the WH and Congress again. The last I looked, there are no Reagan's waiting in the wings....at least not in this election.

    February 28, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Switters

    If Peter King is a "Top Republican" – the GOP is in much worse shape than I thought..........................

    February 28, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. Martin Walters Seattle

    Now GM is profitable and once again the largest car producer in the world. Americans are cheering you on Detroit. Don't expect a warm Family Home Evening in Michigan Mitt, you threw them under the bus!

    February 28, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. Emil Nitrate

    Peter King is not to be taken seriously.

    He's like Joe McCarthy without the brains or sparkling personality.

    February 28, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. shadysider

    A Mitt Romney loss isn't so much a problem for Romney as it is for the Republican Party. How is it that Santorum can be the nominee? Mitt is bad enough. It shows a problem with the primary voters that the Republican Paty is attracting. 'Where has the party gone?' is what I find many former Republicans asking.

    February 28, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. diridi

    none will vote for Romney. He said, "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt". How can anyone vote? GOP is not trustworthy at all. I think they better realize.

    February 28, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    If Mittens doesn't win MI by at least 9%, he's in real trouble. As for other candidates, who is going to come in with the organization set up (without of course the Koch brothers and other billionaire SuperPacs)?

    February 28, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. taylor

    who really gives a big whoop, what King thinks or says, he is part of the republican

    February 28, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. Dave

    Gee, that would be such a bad thing for the Michigan people to send him a message that if you dont give a damn about the working class you dont deserve to be President!!!

    February 28, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. Aezel

    Republicans are the only ones that don't know the 2012 election is already over. The clown car has driven itself off a cliff.

    February 28, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. ObamaJoe

    yeah,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Michele Bcahmann,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    I've suggested him to contact her,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    She is the only one he can get and she is the balance point between he and conservatives or Christians,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    February 28, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. Dave

    It's really too late for anybody new to get into the primaries, because there isn't enough time to get on ballots in enough states to get enough delegates to win. If the Republicans want someone else, they'll have to pretty much appoint them at the convention.

    February 28, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. Is Mitt a Git?

    Rep. Peter King: "Again, among top Republicans who are concerned that Governor Romney has not been able to break loose. The longer this goes on and his weaknesses show, the stronger President Obama becomes."

    Mitt Romney is nothing but weaknesses–no strengths. All this stuff that is coming out of the wood work in the form of candidate vetting is only making people realize how arrogant, phony and what a pathalogical liar he is.

    President Obama is strong by his own merits–he does not need to rely on gaining strength by the weaknesses of lesser candidates trying to bring him down. Think I'm wrong? If Mitt ends up being the newly coronated republican candidate–wait until November and watch him lose to President Barack Obama.

    February 28, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Gary Morgan

    As it say "Among TOP REPUBLICANS" .... That's the PROBLEM with the GOP. There's a few top "ELITE" Republicans trying to run the "REAL" Republican working people. There will be no more Bush's and Chris Christie is too much like Rush Limabugh (except Limbaugh has more political savy ... wow, now that's bad!)

    February 28, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. knowndoyen

    It is amazing that the Republicans Leadership sit around and talk about if Romney can't do this or that. Take Jeb Bush he sits back and complains but does not support. The Republican Leadership needs to get behind the candidate that can win against Obama and they all know that it is Romney. So to all the fence sitting Republican Leadership get off the fence and support him or shut up.

    February 28, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. RealPolitics

    Romney is already weak and he will definately see that come Super Tuesday when Santorum's sweeps the south.

    February 28, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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