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."

Filed under: Michigan
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Sidney madsen

    I think we need to stand up and start demanding that the press cover this primary unbiased. I am so sick of them feeding us the information as they want us to have it. The conservative Fox is as bad as CNN. What ever party you belong to aren't you sick of it?

    January 16, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  2. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    Enlightened Evangelicals (several of whom I know), are seeing the universal quality of a MAN OF FAITH, with similar social conservative views, even though not in complete harmony in doctrinal details and without wearing his religion on his sleeve. That's because he believes in treating all people fairly, regardless of their beliefs. Go Mitt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 16, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  3. Karen

    Eddy wrote:

    Finally, two states, Wyoming and Michigan who actually have people with brains, they've voted for someone who is prepared and well qualified to lead this country. Go Romney !!!

    Probably few of you are aware that Wyoming has been in Michigan recruiting residents and workers because Michigan's economy is so bad. It would be interesting to see how the tranplanted Michiganders affected Wyoming's results.

    January 16, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  4. Jose Card - Independent

    Congratulations! Good-looking!

    January 16, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  5. Tom Davie

    People always complain about what they FEAR.

    Obviously the Obama folks fear Romney. Romney is the only one who can beat Obama.

    Romney has the star power to offset Obama, and has been a govenor and whatnot to boot. He also has taken the 'change' stance .

    Romney should win the nomination. He has won the majority of the delegates.

    January 16, 2008 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  6. Sam IA

    Looks like Mitt is the CNN darling this week. Is this the Romney blog channel or just getting McCain out of the picture.

    January 16, 2008 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  7. Rebecca


    January 16, 2008 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  8. Michael R

    Americans are wanting complete change in washington, not just another wanabe telling us the same old lies, John, Mitt rudy, you know who you are.
    Ron Paul for ccomplete change.

    January 16, 2008 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  9. Lisa

    "Only a week ago, a win looked like it was impossible, but then you got out and told Americans what they needed to hear."

    He is willing to say anything he thinks it will take to get people to vote for him. He changes his message with every audience. He steals other candidates lines, and has a much poorer delivery.

    He is such a phony guy – how can anyone believe him? He is like a cartoon character. He actually said that he found his voice in Michigan. That wasn't even a good line for Clinton – and he wants to use that one too?

    January 16, 2008 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  10. Kirk

    People like to critisize Mitt Romney for "his Millions" – forget the fact that he "earned them" through his own hard work.

    People critisize Romney "saying he's buying votes and influence with his money. When in fact it's Democrats who buy people's votes with their entitlement programs – they actually use money taxed from people like Romney who create it to buy votes from people who don't know how to earn it for themselves on the promise of programs that are intended to keep them poor, independant and slaves of the state.

    January 16, 2008 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
  11. Anthony

    People call Mitt a phony – primarily because they can't comprehend or relate to his integrity, family values, accomplishments and personal success. Because someone seems too good to be true – shouldn't make them a phony – it should make them a standard and an example.

    January 16, 2008 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  12. Patty, Atlanta GA

    This is truely frightening. How can American...real God fearing Americans actually think this man could be president. He is a witch and a cultist to worships a man who was a know con artist. This nonsense might play on Planet Kolob where he wants to be but I can't accept it plays in American hearts. NO WITCHES IN THE WHITEHOUSE!

    January 16, 2008 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  13. Jen Cedar Falls, IA





    January 16, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  14. Replace the Establishment

    Looks like Ron Paul beat Giuliani and Thompson in Michigan!

    January 16, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  15. Tim, Minnesota

    Impossible? He bought every vote. He just about begged for them. If you voted for him, get ready for some serious fees. they don't call him "fee-fee" for nothing.

    January 16, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  16. Bub

    Replace the Establishment – that ain't saying much.

    January 16, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  17. Mark, SLC Utah

    Are some of the people in here for real? Calling Mitt a "witch" and a "corrupt mormon"?

    If a man has strong moral character and lives his life to such a degree that there is literally NO DIRT on the guy, what does it matter if his particular religious doctrinal beliefs differ from yours? It's clear that his religious beliefs have served he and his family well. The term "squeaky clean" has never been more apt, and shouldn't this be a sign of his general goodness and qualification as a moral leader?

    Or would you rather have a bible-thumper traveling around the country, wearing his religion on his sleeve, blatantly using his faith and the faith of others as a political tool, and expecting you to toe the evangelical line and vote for him for no other reason than the fact that he's a preacher?

    January 16, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  18. phil texas


    January 16, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  19. JM

    Why are people so myopic in their defense of this phony? He was a terrible governor in Mass.....raised corporate taxes and fees in Mass by $500 million during his 4 years in office.

    He will say and do anything to get votes.....he flipped on every major issue to run for president.

    27 elected republicans in the entire state of Mass have come out in support of him and not one has donated a penny to his campaign. Why? Because they don't want to be connected to him in any way for their political survival.

    Both Boston papers (one conservative and one liberal) have condemned his aspiraritons as nothing more than an ego trip.

    The only good thing about Michigan is that this guy can blow the rest of his fortune on the rest of this campaign. Wait til he has to report his personal donations on January 31st. I bet he will be pushing $50 million!....and they are calling him Mitt-Witt for a reason.

    January 16, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  20. Rhino

    Mitt's money and heritage won in Michigan, along with his blatant pandering to those poor unemployed $40/hour assembly line workers who would rather jump on unemployment than concede a portion of their extremely gracious benefits.
    McCain's major downfall? He failed to outline where the replacement jobs would be directed and what the possible impact would be.
    It seems incredible to me that none of these candidates has picked up on the most obvious industry awaiting birth – the border security industry.
    The issues of border security aren't the United States' alone – and if we could shift the focus from merely band-aiding the gaps to a true entrepreneurial effort I would think it could be one of the larger new job sectors in this country.
    Border intelligence data centers, monitoring remote surveillance systems; border patrol drones, border guards, development of unique barrier systems, the labor to install all of this and keep it going – where would you rather spend some of your federal tax dollars – on the mating habits of bears or knowing that every individual coming or going from this country is accounted for?
    Michigan is a natural choice to launch this type of initiative, and once developed could be marketed around the globe.
    Another point I'd like to highlight is that all this talk about the federal government and our tax dollars being used to prevent foreclosures and help auto companies develop efficient transportation is very disturbing; it flies in the face of capitalism and will establish dangerous precedent. That money can go to learning institutions for R&D – but to promise it to for-profit companies is one step closer to a socialist system where the government is expected to take care of all our needs.
    Whatever happened to the true Republican party?

    January 16, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  21. Craig in Texas

    Fortune Magazine:

    Given Romney's business acumen, it's no surprise he's assembled one of the most successful political money machines ever. "Romney is an incredibly aggressive and efficient fundraiser," says Vogel, who attributes it to his private-sector skills. In April, when he was still relatively unknown nationally, Romney made headlines when his campaign reported it had blown past the rest of the Republican field and raised $23 million in the first quarter!

    People who know Mitt won't shut up about how smart and pragmatic and decisive he is. "Mitt never takes anything at face value," says Glenn Hubbard, dean of Columbia's business school and a Romney (and former Bush administration) economic advisor. "He's constantly questioning." Says Fraser Bullock, a former Bain partner who worked with Romney on the Olympics: "He's not an ideologue. He makes decisions based on researching data more deeply than anyone I know. As people get to know him better, they'll see an extremely competent, strong leader." !!

    South Carolina and Nevada are next and Texas is preparing! ROMNEY 2008

    January 16, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. Santosh-Phila

    Look this win means very little in the longer scheme of things. The press is blatantly rooting for a topsy-turvy race in teh GOP Primary. Who are they to pre-decide that Romney has shaken up the race? McCain may still be a front-runner. Romney won a state he essentially SHOULD have won by using protectionist rhetoric to push free-trade ideas. McCain argued for those same free-trade ideas using free-trade rhetoric so he lost in protectionist Michigan, where apparently the Republicans vote like Democrats, on populist grounds. New Hampshire is a better representative of America as a whole than Michigan is. McCain won the Republican vote there although not by much.

    I'm happy for Gov. Romney but this won't affect matters nationally very much. The real momentum is still with Sen. McCain b/c a month and a half ago his current position was unforeseeable.

    January 16, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. Lori

    The economy is in a tailspin, I'm so relieved to see Romney pulling ahead. We need him. Not snarky, whiny McCain or Huck-a-bigot.

    January 16, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. JJ

    If people voted for him because of his father being Governor, then they weren't around when his father was governor or they would have cringed at the name.

    January 16, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  25. Nomad

    Go, MITT!! Let's now win Nevada and go down to sunny Florida and trounce Giulianni and McCain – and this train ain't stoppin for nuttin!!! You'll make a great President - brainy AND handsome ... WOW!!! And, by the way, what candidate would NOT mention his Father in the state where he was born and his Father was multi-term Governor?! Duh!!!??? And, the way I heard it, AMC was sold to Chrysler. MITT 2008!!!!!

    January 16, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
1 2 3 4