Romney: If battle to convention, 'signaling our doom'
March 12th, 2012
05:02 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney: If battle to convention, 'signaling our doom'

(CNN) – Mitt Romney, fending off talk of a contested GOP convention from rivals Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, said Monday it would be catastrophic if Republicans continued to battle for the nomination until August.

"If we go to a convention we would be signaling our doom in terms of replacing President Obama," Romney said in an interview on Fox News. "We need to select someone to become our nominee, get that person nominated and get focused on rebounding and getting him out of the White House."

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Romney said Santorum would need a "miracle" to clinch enough delegates to become the Republican presidential nominee.

"If he is able to pull off a miracle, he will be the nominee, but we have a selection process and we are in the middle of it and I am strongly leading and I will continue to lead and you will see me get the delegates to become the nominee," Romney said.

CNN currently estimates Romney to have secured 458 delegates, more than twice the amount won by Santorum, who is estimated to have 203. A candidate needs 1,144 delegates to clinch the GOP nomination.

In the interview Monday, Romney became incredulous when contemplating the notion of a GOP convention without a presumptive nominee.

"All the way to the end of August to select a nominee? And have campaign working during a convention? Can you imagine anything a bigger gift to president Obama? That will not happen," Romney said.

Rival campaigns don't have the organization to go head to head with the incumbent Democrat, Romney asserted, suggesting the support he's seen in southern states with upcoming contests was indicative of his strength against Obama.

"We need to get behind the guy who can beat President Obama, and I can," Romney said. "The other guys are nice folks but they have not organized a campaign with a staff, the organization, the fundraising capacity, to actually beat Obama. I have and that is why so many people in Mississippi and Alabama are joining my effort."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. right minded

    go mit.

    March 12, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. DumbasRocks [R]s

    ....."we would be signaling our doom".... That [R] boat has already, long-ago left the dock, you slack-jawed, flip-flopped, rightwing wanna-be.

    What a clown show.

    March 12, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. Indy

    Romneyvision: A disease that causes one to have non stop convulsions or flip flops,a belief that rich kids always get their way and get cranky when others challenge their (real) record,living in a country where the middle class are your servants, and you give all the breaks to your rich buddies,a nervous twitch that makes you break out in fake laughter when an challenger busts you on the facts

    March 12, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. Liska

    He needs to occupy his own mind. Mr. 1% making 120,000$ a day income will never be my president. BHO 2012

    March 12, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. gg

    Remembered the GOP chairman said that the longer this primary goes on and on to the convention the better for the GOP?..don't worry romney.

    March 12, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  6. John Bloom

    If it doesn't go to the Convention Mitt Romney loses in a landslide. I'll take my chances in Tampa!
    The definition of Insanity, is doing the same things over and over again expecting different results. If voters in Alabama vote for Romney because he can beat President Obama, I voted for Senator McCain with that twisted logic. Romney is to the left of McCain and has taken both positions on just about every issue. I am a Virginian who is hoping to be a delegate to the National Convention so I can vote on the 2nd ballot for a Conservative. Give us all a chance DO NOT vote for That Damn Yankee, Mitt Romney! Vote for anyone else. A devestaing loss will help us all.

    March 12, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Mitt Romney wants it so bad.

    If America elects a Man who's five sons avoided military service in times of war.

    We will no longer be a country of respect.

    March 12, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  8. skarphace

    Of course the front-runner would like the others to drop out. If you were not the frontrunner, but were in Santorum's position, would you be considering dropping out? Of course not. Therefore, save it and focus on convincing the Republicans you are better than the other candidates, not merely more popular.

    March 12, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. Paula

    The GOP wants to go that route becauseof you, Willard. You can't seal the deal and they know it better than the liberals. Keep having Andrea Saul speak for you every time you don't want to face the press.

    March 12, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  10. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Romney: If battle to convention, 'signaling our doom'◄
    I thought Romney said a long campaign was "healthy" and not a BOOM!
    Naw, keep the battles going you guys and continue to look dumber than dumb
    As you struggle to "get that vote" when only ONE in the end – would truly beats that drum!!

    Then in November, 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward would be to reelect President Obama!! Yes We Can!

    March 12, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  11. Sandra

    Is he leading another sing-a-long in that photo? Full-of-Mitt always looks like a wax figure out of Madam Taussard/s Wax Museum. Team Romney, triple the amount of lubrication oil you are already using on his joints-he's far stiffer than the Tin Man. And rotating in one position doesn't help either-he can walk up and down just a little, can't he?

    March 12, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  12. flash

    Obama 2012 not this year republicians. Good try we need some who care's for the people that why they say OBAMACARE'S. God help you guys.

    March 12, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  13. onlyfacts61

    The actual signal of doom came the first time Romney and the 3 other stooges opened their mouths on the campaign trail. Clowns aren't supposed to talk and as the traveling circus goes from town to town the comedy gets better, so keep it up it's entertaining!

    March 12, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  14. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Doom?!? Well you just can't have THAT can you Mitt? WHy don't you just pull out then and get behind one of the other candidates? You could be gracious and take one for the team... Naw....

    March 12, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  15. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Hey Mitt... Instead of facing doom, why don't you just pull out and give all you delegates to Ricky! I'm sure he'd do a wonderful job as President of some in the United States..

    March 12, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  16. Donkey Party

    Add "delusional" to the long list (hateful, racist, ignorant, illiterate, dishonest, disrespectful, greedy, intolerant, phony) of pre-requisite character traits needed to be a Republican.

    March 12, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  17. gt

    not going to happen....wishful thinking dems....

    March 12, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  18. Independent in NC

    Yes republicans you are doomed because you have nothing to offer. Just running to beat the President is not enough, you have no plans for ur country.

    March 12, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  19. JPNAmerican

    geez they're like a teenage couple on the phone now. You get out of the race. No you get out of the race. No you get out of the race. Now why don't you all get out of the race at the same time.

    March 12, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  20. AngryBob

    If the battle goes to the convention, he'll have Citizens United to thank for it. Negative campaigning by the super PACs have all but completely destroyed any Republican's chance of winning the general election anyway. We now know all the dirt on all the candidates, and it ain't pretty. Moreover, the Obama administration has all the same dirt and a huge war chest with which to spread it. The odds of a Republican winning the presidency this year are as slim as the odds of the Brewer's winning the series.

    BTW, the last President to win the general election after a brokered convention was FDR – 1932.

    March 12, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  21. Blindersoff

    Romney be the bigger man and step down, yield to Newt or the self righteous guy. I thought not. Teehee!

    March 12, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  22. Calibrator

    Anybody but Obama applies here!

    March 12, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  23. kbangra

    money doesn't buy you power Mr Mit i love to fire people and i don't care about the poor

    March 12, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This could be worse for the GOP than the movie Doom was for The Rock's acting career. The problem is that there is one candidate that has so much money and the rest are trying to get their name out there. There is so much mud that it will take a while to clean off the party.

    March 12, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  25. stew

    You ain't a redneck if your taking Yankee money to make a yankee learn a himself a joke, now you are a redneck if you laugh at a yankee because he is a joke.

    March 12, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
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