(CNN) – The chairman of the Republican National Committee said Friday he was holding off on naming Mitt Romney the presumptive GOP presidential nominee out of respect for the two long shot candidates still running for the spot.
Reince Priebus said on CNN’s “John King U.S.A.” the delegate math that overwhelmingly favors Romney isn’t enough to declare an end to the contest.
Asked by CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin why he wasn’t yet supporting Romney, Priebus said “I think out of respect and deference to Congressman Paul and Speaker Gingrich."
He continued, “We're still talking to all the candidates. We have a little bit of different deal here. We've got to follow some rules. I think also just like I said, out of respect for them it's important for us to continue talking and just making sure that we're moving slowly, we're communicating with all the campaigns obviously.”