January 15th, 2008
10:10 PM ET
15 years ago

Romney: 'A win looked like it was impossible'

Watch Romney's victory speech. (Photo Credit: AP)

SOUTHFIELD, Michigan (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney claimed victory in Tuesday's Michigan Republican primary, his first major win of the 2008 presidential race, calling it a victory over "Washington pessimism" after second-place finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire.

"Tonight marks the beginning of a comeback - a comeback for America," Romney told supporters in the Detroit suburb of Southfield. "Only a week ago, a win looked like it was impossible, but then you got out and told Americans what they needed to hear."

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  1. Joseph

    Onward and upward, Mitt. I don't agree with everything Mitt advocates (especially his foreign policy ideas), but who better to have in office during a recession than a proven business leader who has integrity.

    January 15, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  2. Rob

    Romney winning Michigan is as momentous as Mondale winning Minnesota.

    January 15, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  3. brig

    @ ash - sounds great to me! Let's keep 'em coming! 🙂

    January 15, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  4. EntertainMeDontBoreMe

    Romney is the one candidate with the courage to tell the people whatever it is that they want to hear – no matter how different that may be from what he has said in the past. Furthermore, unlike others, he does not insult the people by attempting to earn their support without spending a huge sum of money for it. Go Republicans! Vote for Romney, the candidate of change! He can change just as fast as his audience does.

    January 15, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  5. KJ

    Romney is winning the Republican base. If anyone undecided will to listen with an open mind to Mitt speak, it will only take ten minutes to see that he is brilliant. The dems and media know that Mitt would crush anyone in a one on one debate. Thus the dems and media are still talking up Ron Paul, the Huckster and other losers.

    McCain is just another Sr Senator veteran who has no winning ideas like Bob Dole in 1996. Obama/Oprah or the Clintons would have a very big victory against McCain.

    Now that the news is out that Rudy is low on money, Mitt is the only candidate that can go the distance and win in November. If the people of Michigan do not wake up and give Mitt a win that would make the dems and the media very happy indeed. A vote for McCain or the Huckster is a vote for the Democrats and economic & international failure.

    January 15, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  6. kit

    Doesn't matter… from what I can tell of Michigan's polls… They look as rigged as New Hampshire. Everyone goes up not exactly but pretty dang close to the same amount of votes each percent which is unlikely. And I have a hard time believing the Rudy being the front runner before has dropped so low.
    And for some reason the percentages have stayed the same every time the percents reporting have increased. That is impossible. I think I saw a small change once.

    January 15, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  7. mike in dallas

    Mormonism seems so bizarre: other planets, people ascending to become "gods," Jesus a married man with Lucifer a part of the divine pantheon. Gold tablets? Bizarre. One has to question a man who believes in such stuff. I think we are all in big trouble if this corrupt mormon wins! The USA will be ran by the mormon cult and gordon b hinckley. Just like Utah is governed mixed with an obscene amount of their church and state. Ask Mitt what planet he will be a god of when he dies? This could be your president be worried very very worried.

    January 15, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  8. pbj

    It's not "three primaries, three victors," it's "four primaries (caucuses), with Romney winning half and taking 2d in the other half."

    January 15, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  9. pbj

    "It's [still] the economy, stupid."

    January 15, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  10. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The republicans like democrats are looking at change, out with the old and in with the new. There are some candidates who wants us to believe those candidates that represent change aren't concerned about the economy, health care issues, oil prices, the environment and other political hot topics which is far from the truth. We are tired of "nurse maids" that don't make change, they just continue to nurse the old. It's time to put them all in bed together. Undecided voter, but great going Romney.

    January 15, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  11. Curtis

    Nice job Mitt!
    It looks like Michigan is the first state to see through the media popularity contest and recognize Mitt is the only candidate with the experience to get this economy going again. There is no other republican candidate that has the ability to beat Obama. Go Mitt!

    January 15, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  12. Dave

    The fact of the matter is that McCain telling the truth about anything is not what will doom him. It is the fact that he feels more comfortable with working with those on the far left then those in his own party. If that isn't a clear indication of where McCains views stand then I don't know what is. Working across the aisle would have been great for him if the things he has put his name are were more moderate and less extreme left.

    As far as the presidential race stands currently Romney was already in fact the front runner. It didn't matter that he hadn't won an election since he has been consistently at the top unlike most of the other Republican candiates who are great in one state and don't do very well at all in other states.

    January 15, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  13. Nick

    Yeah! Go Mitt! You won because you told a bunch of people exactly what they wanted to hear, even though it wasn't true! If Mitt's president, Michigan's going to have all their jobs back and Detroit's going to relive their glory days because of Mitt's managerial experience! Yay!

    I can't believe Michigan actually fell for this phony.

    January 15, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  14. DF

    I've been skeptical of McCain from the time he did a flipflop and sided with Bush during the 2004 election, when it was rumored that McCain might become John Kerry's runnng mate—anyone remember that?

    Romney has proven that he is a leader, and will make the needed changes that can improve an economy (i.e. as govenor of MA). I hope that Americans do not screw up and make a collassal mistake once again and vote into office the WRONG person.

    January 16, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  15. Grace, Overland Park, Kansas

    this "victory" for mitt is pathetic and quite frankly embarrassing for him.

    1) His comment regarding how Michigan is in his DNA was crap. He was greatly helped because his Dad was a popular three-term governor. The Romney name is not unfamiliar to the people of MI.

    2) After spending 2 million alone on TV advertising, you better be able to win.

    3) He told Michigan voters exactly what they wanted to hear without telling them how he would do it. As one CNN commentator put it, he was running as the "President of Michigan". In other words, he pretty much pandered to their wishes. Gee what else is new.

    Oh yeah, and Hillary's "win" tonight was pathetic too. When you're the only top tier name on the ballot, I would hope that you could at least garner 70-80% of the vote. And can someone explain why she left her name on the ballot? Is she really that desperate?

    January 16, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  16. Jim M,

    Great job Mitt! It's about time a 'win' gets him some respect. Even though it's not his first win. This will be a momentum builder for him and it's at a good time.
    Hopefully this will run into SC and make the people realize that this nomination is about a person of great virtue, accomplishments, intelligence and about someone who will take care of the job that needs to be done at this time.
    I respect the President and I have for quite some time but let's face it, unfortunately he is not respected much across the nation. Mitt is very articulate and passionate, so he won't have a problem connecting with the American people.
    He's a proven leader and I feel very confident with him being the Republican nominee. Good luck Mitt, I really hope the people wake up and push the other guys aside.
    Let's hope for the best Mitt supporters! Tally up those delegates!!

    January 16, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  17. ESF

    I like Mitt Romney's message of optimism. That's what America needs at this time when things seems to be going wrong- someone who has hope, experience and a vision to win. Mitt Romney is the one who will help the economy and strengthen America. Go Mitt!

    January 16, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Mitt rolled up his sleeves and got to work, showing the spirit that made him a wealthy man.

    America needs his ethic. I see the flip flop report but were they flops, maturations, or the product of being the only Rebulican in the land of the Kennedy's? I am think some combination there of which reflects he is not too stuborn to compromise to get things done which is the #1 ingredient in any receipe to fix Washington.

    As to the bash this guy bash that. Why?

    Almost every canidate in this race has something to offer and a fundamental thing they believe in, ok Obama has never exhibited either but he brings hope right? Hope for what no one knows, but hope.

    Romney Thompson (with Hunter as Sec of Defense) is starting to look like a real good ticket for the future. I think americans should take a hard look.

    January 16, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  19. Austin, CO

    Looks like throwing money around and telling people what they want to hear finally worked out for the guy.

    Anyone who only appeals to the republican base has no chance in the main election, but I doubt he will make it that far.

    January 16, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  20. Gene

    WAY TO GO MITT !!!!!!!!!!

    Phony? That's Hillary's middle name.

    January 16, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  21. Val Davydov, MA



    January 16, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  22. Mechelle

    Michigan, you made me proud!!

    Congrats Mitt!

    This is going to be an awesome election!

    January 16, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  23. DF

    I just so happen to be from the school of thought that a president should actually be qualified in order to be elected, and experience as a POW does not exactly qualify someone to hold that office. Go Mitt, Go...

    January 16, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  24. RIchard

    1. Never generalize in an election...it makes you look like a bandwaggoneer ("he flip flops on everything" is a press-bite if I ever heard one!) 2. True and False differ between one person and the next like night and day...while Romney has shifted positions between the past and now, his morals and reasoning is consistent...I am sure had we had President Dukakis, Gore, or even Kerry, NONE of them would have flip flopped on anything, they are such stalwart independent thinkers! 3. Location, location, location.....hell yes location matters to how one votes....ever see a CA map of blue coastline representing 5% of the state and red interior taking up the "minority 95%!!" 4. You betcha....Romney has swiftboats in his past, like saving the Salt Lake Olympics, resurrecting countless business from the brink and saving literally thousands of jobs, and, oh yes, there was that little thin in Mass called a GOVERNORSHIP!!!! SHAMEFULL!!!! 5. Let's all wait and see what the next 6 months bring before going too crazy!!

    January 16, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  25. James

    I'm glad that Mitt won tonight. Maybe it was just me, but it seemed like the media didn't give him his fair share of screen time. For example, Wyoming has more delegates than New Hampshire, but it has been just an afterthought. Additionally, since when is getting second out of six losing? Overall I feel he is the best candidate, I wish he would come across a little warmer. I am a little tired of hearing "Washington is broken" and the "but they haven't" referencing what hasn't been done in Washington. I wish he would talk more about what he is going to do and how.
    I think he is the candidate for the job, I think his campaign could come across better.
    I'm glad he didn't come across cocky and say "I knew we would win tonight" but at the same time I don't think it was "almost impossible" like he said about his comeback.
    I was a little disappointed that he was being accused of the attack ads. I don't think he needed to meddle in that. I wish he would have just kept to himself and she stated his own views and kept a positive campaign. It must be tough.

    January 16, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
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