January 8th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
8 years ago

Romney confident he will win New Hampshire


Romney said he is confident he will win New Hampshire Tuesday. (Photo Credit: AP)

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney, brimming with optimism on the morning of the New Hampshire primary, was in an unusually breezy mood with reporters Tuesday, saying he is "more confident than ever" he will win the Republican vote.

"I can't guarantee anything, but I'm telling you I feel more confident than ever before that we're going to win the New Hampshire primary," he said during a photo-op at a polling station in Derry.

Pressed about the reasons for his ebullient mood, Romney didn't talk numbers but pointed to anecdotal evidence about undecided voters leaning his way. He cited words of encouragement he received following his debate performance on Sunday night.

This wasn't the same straight-laced, disciplined candidate many reporters covering Romney have grown accustomed to.

At five different campaign stops Tuesday morning, he was outgoing and chatty with the press, and at his last two stops in Salem and Derry he welcomed reporter questions and went out of his way to hint at a New Hampshire victory.

"I'm planning on winning today, no guarantees, but I'm planning on winning today," he said in Salem.

The comments were surprising because Romney has carefully kept expectations low since arriving in the Granite State last Friday morning.

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- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

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soundoff (112 Responses)
  1. Beau

    All I gotta say is that you Mormons sure are prolific typers.

    January 8, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. Deborah

    My Dear Donald, Waukegan, IL…
    Plain and simple, Romney understands how the American economy works. Please be open-minded on this. He has been tested in the business world and been very successful even amidst some difficult situations. He knows how to talk to people… He understands the art of negotiation and is willing to draw a line in the sand and close the deal. Did you watch the weekend debates? We need that kind of calm control sitting at the head of the table when we are butting heads with China and Iran or N. Korea, not to forget the threat of radical Isam.
    Sunday especially, he commanded the forum. He served without pay as the Governor of Mass. as well as the Olympics and in his youth he served (without privledge) people other than his friends and family for two years.
    He is spending his own money and sacrificing his time and energy for a cause greater than himself. He looks pretty unselfish in this light. I am not a wealthy person, but I do own a family business and his message rings true to me. Just take some time and listen to his message. We need to stop the demogoery and class warfare and get on the same page as a nation or we will get the same old same old in the oval office. that's my opinion and I'm stickin to it!
    Thanks for asking!

    January 8, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Todd

    Wayne, clever.

    However, plenty of evidence to back me up, including: substantial businesses like Dominos, Staples, Bain Capital he turned around and made wildly successful, the SLC Olympics that was failing and instead by all accounts became one of the most successful in recent memory, his governorship in Mass. where he worked with people on all sides of the issues to craft innovative legislation that works for that state.

    Very intelligent guy with TREMENDOUS attention to detail, ability to listen (not like the wooden ear visible in some quarters), just the kind of skills we need to deal with the intricate problems this country faces.

    Mitt Romney will make a GREAT President.

    January 8, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Miken

    Mitt is the only candidate that can beat Obama...Period! McCain is too old and soft spoken. Huckabee is too much of a goofuss. Guiliani will die out because he will cause the hard rightwing base to stay home.
    Mitt's message will gradually come through as the month's go by before the election. True, Obama will be ahead in the poll for quite some time, but eventually the swing voter will realize that Mitt's message on Taxes, Immigration, Anti-Socialism and lower spending is a sound message and policy. Obama will gradually be shown to just be a smooth and arogant(and probably dirty)politician. Plus his Muslim connection and roots will finally hurt him...no matter how much the main media tries to hide it.
    Anyone who has truly put his emotions aside and sat down and listened to Mitt realizes he is a very intelligent man with a vision...a logical vision, not just blowhard talking points with no substance like Obama.

    January 8, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  5. Mel

    Who cares how much money he has? Not voting for him because he has spent more money on his campaign is like not voting for Obama because he's black. Neither of them can change who their parents are, can they? Come on.

    And hasn't EVERY politician changed his/her views on SOMETHING? That's such a weak arguement.

    The guy's a Mormon, yes. So our great, diverse country is okay with having a black president, or even a female president...but a MORMON president?? Yeah, sure, this country's ready for change.

    Mitt Romney is clearly a man with very strong Christian and family values. Drop the money factor, the flip-flip factor, and where he goes to church (bacause we can sit here all day and make arguements about each and every candidate regarding those issues) , and you have a man very capable of running this country. He is composed, driven, and has experience in dealing with and negotiating with a great variety of people and situations.

    Let's stop judging each candidate and start examining each candidate. None of them are perfect. They are all flawed in some way or another. But Mitt Romney has maintained a solid history of success in his family life, his business endeavors, and in government. And he does so with a firm, steadfast, yet thoughtful stance.

    Take another look before you decide to cast your stone.

    January 8, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. Darth Vadik, Diamond Bar CA

    David F

    you're soooooooo funny

    ran the olympics, oh my God, that changed my vote right now, as a matter a fact I'm becouming a Republican, just so I can vote for mit.

    Seriously, how old are you David?
    11 maybe 12

    January 8, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  7. Scott, Milwaukee, WI

    I liked it when a previous poster asked this:

    "If you're in a fox hole, in the middle of a battle, when you look over your shoulder, would you rather see John McCain or Mitt Romney?"

    Mitt's likely to change his mind, run out of the fox hole, leaving you to fend for yourself.

    "I'm Mitt Romney and I approved and disapproved this message."

    January 8, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  8. Lauren, Virginia

    If I'm in a fox hole in the middle of battle, I'd be relieved and honored to have Mitt Romney at my side. He is a man of integrity, a problem solver, and highly intelligent and resourceful. My husband and I are the same age as his sons and daughters-in-law, our kids are the same age as his grandkids, and I trust him with the future of my family... healthcare, education, the economy, national security, and the morality and integrity that the President of the United States should possess to lead this country by example.

    GO ROMNEY '08!

    January 8, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. Deborah

    Hmmm... I'm bored with all the childish fingerpointing (you know who you are) ... Originally this blog was about issues and substance... the adults are not paying any attenion to you.

    January 8, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. Mario

    Go Mitt!

    Beau, you are a lying dog, you don't know anything about the Mormons, so SHUTUP!

    You're a derelict from the lib side of the fence aren't you.

    January 8, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. dtl333

    Oh My, it appears that most Americans are voting for someone who will love them, take care of them, and offer them condolences when the entire nation collapses under the weight of fraud, mismanagement and historical denial of the past and present. The American people seem to want change but do not know what that change might be. They don't know where they are so change is out of the question.
    A person or nation in a total drunken state cannot know which road to take until they sober up. Sobering up means standing in the truth. But Truth has been consumed by entertainment for the land of the walking dead. Politics, art, language have all become entertainment – all the old truths are gone under and we live in a rubble of yearning for some glorious past that has never been a reality. Most Americans vote for people they have absolutely no knowledge of. They seem to actually believe that one guy or one woman who is elected President is their leader without taking into account their sponsors, backers, ideologies, or corporate friends. This is what got us into this mess. This Nation cannot change because it suffers from historical alzheimer disease, cultural amnesia and a rising terrifying christian nationalism. It appears that we are a nation run by dangerous idiots for a vast uninformed body of citizens who have no concept whatsoever as to why this nation is now alarmingly falling apart.

    January 8, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. asp

    Obama talks about change. If he really want change, he could have done those while he is serving as a senator. has he done anything better? or This is just to get votes.

    January 14, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
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