Graham, McCain predict big primary night for Romney
February 26th, 2012
11:56 AM ET
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Graham, McCain predict big primary night for Romney

(CNN) – Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham said Sunday they expect Mitt Romney to bring home victories in the upcoming Michigan and Arizona primaries.

“I think he’s going to win both states,” Graham said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” arguing that Romney is a “better candidate” because of the primary process.

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While the South Carolina senator has yet to endorse a candidate, he praised Romney for “getting better and better” throughout the campaign season.

“Romney really has sharpened his skills, and I think that will pay dividends if he gets the nomination,” Graham told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

McCain, a Romney supporter and longtime Arizona senator, agreed Romney will do well on Tuesday, despite concerns about the close race between the former Massachusetts governor and Rick Santorum in Romney’s native state of Michigan.

“I'm confident Mitt will do well on Tuesday night in Arizona and in Michigan and hopefully that will move this process forward so we can concentrate on the real adversary,” McCain said.

He added he doesn’t expect a contested convention, a scenario now widely speculated about among conservative circles if none of the candidates has secured enough delegates for the nomination by August.

“Almost every time there’s been contested primaries, people predict it,” McCain said. “(But) the system doesn’t lend itself to it.”

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soundoff (33 Responses)

    GOBP pinheads in lockstep. They are so dsperate that they're praying for the plastic man.

    February 26, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Larry L

    The outcome of the general election is becoming quite clear. The ridiculous field of candidates and the foolish issues the Republicans have chosen sealed the win for President Obama. Contraception is evil? Really? That's what you've got?

    They should just declare their real intent to kill Social Security and Medicare and be done with it. The Koch brothers will spend enough to get Romney the nomination. He'll get votes from the right-wing who simply can't vote Democrat – especially for a President of mixed race. The moderates and independents will reject the foolish and shallow platform the Republicans have put forward and President Obama will win by a landslide. This is easy to predict.

    February 26, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. John in Brooklyn

    These are two "establishment" Republicans who can see their nomination process spinning into a bad circus act, with nearly every foreseeable outcome as a disaster for their party. Romney is a bad choice but, considering the possibilities of one of the other three candidates winning or a brokered convention, McCain and Graham are desperately trying to direct their political help to him.

    February 26, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Domonic

    Please stop this election all together, until we can get some decent representation on both sides. Santorum, Romney, Gingrich, Paul, Obama = sad, sad, sad, sad and pathetic.

    February 26, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    @Wire Palladin,
    All debt increases that relate to Iraq and Afiganistan wars should be included in debts from Republicans because Obama (and Democrats) cannot just short them down on the day he got to office. He has to keep spending on them until they are responsively wound down. In addition, Republicans have been pushing for the wars to continue, and that means they should be responsible for that portion of the debts.

    February 26, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    Wire Palladin, S. F.
    $12 trillion of our national debt is due to republican presidents, if you include Bush's TARP and his last year in office.
    If national debt is the deciding issue in November ( and it will be ), Obama loses. You know that.
    But just to be fair, congress spends the money. $12 trillion of our national debt is due to Democrat controlled congresses and $1.5 trillion due to Republican controlled congresses. Democratic congresses have spent America into the dirt. The Obama/ Pelosi/ Reid Washington political machine were responsible for $5 trillion of it. In just 2 years. Yeah, let's talk numbers Wire! That will send Obama back to Chicago and Reid back to Vegas.

    February 26, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. John in Brooklyn

    George Orwell would be so pleased (or horrified) that the Republicans are actually demonstrating that newspeak has lept off the pages of "1984" into our national political dialogue. According to the GOP these days:

    * Religious liberty = having government operate according to fundamentalist Chirstian doctrine.
    * Pro-life = Protecting a fetus, even at the expense of the MOTHER'S life, then blaming her for becoming pregnant in the first place, thus forcing her to have a drug test before she can receive food stamps to feed the child.
    * Protecting the Sanctity of Marriage = Ensurng that a segment of the population can't marry those who they have committed their lives to, yet run a candidate who has been married 3 times and who divorced one while she was dieing of cancer.
    * Protecting Us From Terrorism = Denouncing the Girl Scouts as "un-American", while simultaneously denouncing the war effort in Afghanistant that is targeting the people who actually attacked us on 9/11.
    * Fiscal Conservatism = Allowing the government to approach insolvency and destroy its credit rating while denouncing ALL taxes, thus cutting off the means to actually PAY the government's bills.
    * Personhood = Protecting the basic rights afforded to everyone by the Constitution, including corporations.
    * Constitutional Enforcement of Citizenship = Passionately insisting on seeing the president's birth certificate, while simulatenously attempting to deny citizenship of "natural born" Americans because their parents were illegally in the country when they were born.

    I don't know whether to laugh at these people, or be horrified that their rhetoric actually resonates with so many people.

    February 26, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    I wonder if conservatives are smart enough to realize that voting to raise the debt ceiling is the same as voting to pay your bills.
    I wonder if Democrats understand that national debt does not always need to go up. It can be reduced, too. Republicans not only understand that, they have passed a plan to do that. Known as Paul Ryan's Path-To-Prosperity, it was passed by the Republican House of Representatives and it so far is the only plan for paying down the nation's huge debt.

    February 26, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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