Romney plays expectations game in N.H.
January 6th, 2012
08:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney plays expectations game in N.H.

Tilton, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney strove to manage expectations in advance of Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, just as one high-profile supporter seemed to raise them Friday.

Romney told a packed audience at a spaghetti dinner in Tilton that he couldn't take his commanding lead for granted three days before the primary.

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"I know some pollsters say I'm doing real well. Let me tell you, those polls, they can just disappear overnight," Romney said, comparing the polling process to dating. "It’s like well, I might try this but you know, getting married, that's something else."

But in introductory remarks, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley urged voters to deliver a substantial victory to Romney to propel him "with the biggest momentum possible" into the next voting contest in her home state.

"I want this to be the biggest margin yet," she told the audience.

Most state polls in New Hampshire show Romney leading his rivals by more than 20 points.

Staying on message, Romney closed his stump speech with another reminder he hadn't won yet, and appealed to voters to keep working hard on his presidential effort.

"I need all the help I can get," he said. "I need you to get out there. Give me a bigger margin than 8 votes if you possibly can."

Romney bested former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum by 8 votes in Iowa - a slim margin Romney has joked amounted to a "landslide" victory.

After another speech in which the GOP candidate trained his fire solely on President Obama, Romney was asked by an audience member about negative advertising in the primary and whether the field could coalesce around a nominee.

"If I'm not the nominee, I will be supporting our nominee and working for him," Romney said, adding candidates should be able to "put our egos and bruised feelings aside."

"If there's a candidate who thinks this campaign is about them, they're wrong," he said.

Romney was also asked by a woman in the audience if he would give up some of his wealth to help struggling Americans.

The woman told Romney she was struggling, and added: "It’s a little hard for me because I know you’re a multimillionaire. I read that you have four houses. Would you be willing to give up some of that so that we middle Americans could get some tax cuts?"

"That’s an idea!" he responded. "Okay, well let’s see. I don’t have four houses, that’s number one, although it’s a good idea."

Romney, who owns three homes, told the woman he could best help by becoming president and turning around the economy.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Indy

    He is doing well in the polls running on a job creator that has not created a job in more then 12 years, and even then he was a financer and not a job creator. Mitts has made a career out of running for an elected position and after spending 30 million he is starting to get some traction sooooo good for Mitts ?

    January 6, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |

    Watch his shifty eyes as he speaks. Watch them! Back and forth, no focusing, shift, shift, shift, no core, lying and hiding Romney is not the one to put up against Obama but, I am glad the rebumplican'ts seem to think he is...

    January 6, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  3. bobby

    Gotta love him! I sure hope he gets the chance cuz he's our only chance

    January 6, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Mitts expectations , God has a sense of humor !

    January 7, 2012 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  5. T'sah From Virginia

    Blah, blah, blah!!!

    Obama 2012!!

    January 7, 2012 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  6. sick of republican phonies

    I can't wait for the election so this preening, presumptive, pompous blowhard is sent packing. I don't want to see his fake smile again. What a tool.

    January 7, 2012 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  7. Irma in north Carolina

    I hope you loose Both NH and South Carolina, you think you have it won already, would serve you right.

    January 7, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  8. TonyZ

    Of course, he will not give up anything for the middle class.

    January 7, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  9. DC Insider

    Rachel is a die heart Obama fan and long time Democratic activist She i s ust trying to stir up trouble here. I just love all the CNN Obamabots like Racheal, Roland, Gloria,, Donna Brazille, Gergen, Carville and others who, under the pretense of journalism, take every opportunity to either promote Obama and the Dems or slam the GOP - CNN has truly gone down hill foro a once proud viable news organization to a partisan pom pom cheerleader and press office for Obama modeled after the National Enquirer and Dsily Mirror. The next thing we will hear is that CNN is hacking the phones of the GOP candidates -- or perhaps the NSA and Holder is already doing that for Obama

    January 7, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  10. diridi

    Namratha Radava is a clown, from India, and stupid to support GOP, she knows they will not win, more so, she supported Rick Perry, this the way, she knows nothing about Politics. both stupids.

    January 7, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |