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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Filed under: 2012 • John McCain • Lindsey Graham • Mitt Romney • TV-State of the Union
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Matthew

    Romneycare, obama care..not for me. Can buy me with money. I vote Santorum to lead me to freedom

    February 26, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Sorensen

    I am sure they are right. And Sanatorium will go down in flames with his anti women, contraception and gay people
    idiotic policies. But then – GOP – then what?? Romney is now totally unelectable!! The other bible-bangers are useless.
    You have to find somebody else before the convention! It is now heavy panic time! Ask Boehner! Ask McDonnell!
    Joke,Joke. You are in real trouble.

    February 26, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Two old fossils, one a closet queen predict a big win... YAWN!

    February 26, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. mirrorlogic

    Romney attacks and slams...then sends his surrogates out to say how much better a candidate he has become. Guess in their view as Republicans...a good candidate is someone that has attack dog characteristics and can say whatever is necessary to be elected. Talk about the establishment supporting the establishment candidate.
    Say NO to HYPER-RICH, out-of-touch Willard Mitt R-money!

    February 26, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Matthew

    I mean..why would anyone vote for the progressive who lost to the progressive who lost to the powed trip communist. RICK SANTORUM SPEAKS THE CONSERVATISM IN MY DICTIONARY! Take us to freedom Rick..God Bless! That's right, GOD BLESS!

    February 26, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. Ricardo

    Don't listen to McCain, he's a retarded. This moron chose Palin as his vp

    February 26, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. king

    These two sour sop of cronyism need to pack up and go home, they've done enough damage to this country as it is already. Now they want Obama to go to war with seria. Time is the key for going to war, Obama will do like he did in Libya, he will wait until majority of the Syrian people want a changed government. If he does this before he has the majority on his side, he will have another Iraq and afghanistan on his hand which almost bankrupt this country. Ain't no one in any country will tollerate western intervention without the majority of that country's people are for it.

    February 26, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. Don

    Santorum forced us to have Obamacare because he wanted to take on for the team. His team just happened to be the Democrat one. Santorum you can't be a conservative if you vote like a democrat.

    February 26, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. mirrorlogic

    Michigan will not forget the Romney stabbed the state in its back with his Op Ed piece saying let the car industry go bankrupt. There was not any private capital markets working at that time - zero! Every banker knows no private funds were moving, the market had ground to a stop and froze. That would have lead to 1 million jobs loss and all the accumulative losses from those (real numbers, and real impacts). Romney was a fool to suggest it.

    February 26, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. mirrorlogic

    Romney will not win Michigan - because he doesn't deserve to win Michigan! You do not call on killing the car industry and then try to come back and say you saved it! Even those not astute in politics know a lie like that won't float no matter how many Ads they listen to.

    February 26, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Ricardo

    McCain always see things on the reverse, don't listen to him. Remember in 2008 he said Sarah Palin is the most qualify governor, like everybody knows

    February 26, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Romneycare, obama care..not for me. Can buy me with money. I vote Santorum to lead me to freedom.

    Matt , please explain what freedom is to you . My reason for asking you is that I don't find your fearless leader Rick openminded enough to find water if he fell out of a boat , not to mention true freedom.

    Just a little freedom of thought for you Matt.

    February 26, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Jordan

    The deciding vote on Obamacare was turn-coat Specter. Guess who through their political heft and endorsement behind Specter rather than the Republican candidate? Your buddy Santorum. Guess who voted to raise the debt ceiling five times and was in office while the size of the federal budget increased 80%? Your buddy Santorum. Guess who went to Washington poor and left a millionaire? Your buddy Santorum. So called "Romneycare" was a state-level attempt to eliminat medical welfare (medical care free-riding). We conservatives used to be against welfare. Not any more I guess. Romney will repeal Obamacare. It is an integral plank of his economic reform policy proposals.

    February 26, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. diridi

    both are idiots in this nation. Get rid of these old junk in next election. Obama2012.

    February 26, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens is anti worker, now he is pro-life, a job killer, a corporate raider, a tax evader, pro Wall Street bailout puppet, anti American automobile bailout, a chicken hawk who wants to start another war, he favors tax cuts for the wealthy, he is anti consumer protection, and he is the most liberal candidate that the baggers have.

    February 26, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    People are beginning to talk about those two rascals.

    February 26, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Elphaba

    Enjoy it while it lasts, Mitt. Your political career will be over come November.

    February 26, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. vic , nashville ,tn

    I am tired watching Mc Cain and Graham in Sunday talk show they never tell the truth, they spin the story for them party is first

    February 26, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. Thomas

    I mean..why would anyone vote for the progressive who lost to the progressive who lost to the powed trip communist. RICK SANTORUM SPEAKS THE CONSERVATISM IN MY DICTIONARY! Take us to freedom Rick..God Bless! That's right, GOD BLESS!

    Matt , would it be to much to ask if we could stay with the Webster's Dictionary. It would be very helpful if religious fundamentalists would stop introducing self serving non neutral fear based redirect.

    As for John McCain and Lindsey Graham , I have a confession: I occasionally watch Lawrence Welk reruns on PBS. ...

    February 26, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. Elphaba

    I get a kick out of these Republitards. When the economy was tanking during W, they all ran away from deregulation. Even McCain, who called himself Mr. Deregulation until the economy tanked. Now they are all pandering to big business, saying deregulation will save the economy. The whole GOP is nothoing but a big flip-flop.

    February 26, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. Bev

    i disagree romney is electable because people will understand that this run away spending is our biggest threat

    February 26, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. Bessy

    @ Thomas-ROTFLMAO on your comment about the boat and water.
    I agree with your comments.
    Romney deserves to lose Michigan. I could never, evr, vote for anyone of the three. They are all idiots.

    February 26, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. Indy

    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. Its is laughable when Santorum is raked over the coals for his vote to pay the bills. I am sure the Obama team is sweating with Santorum polling just as well or better as Romney, they are hoping to take Romney out themselves and have the book on Romney and the last chapter is Mitts going home severely defeated

    February 26, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. 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.

    February 26, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. GI Joe.

    HA! McCain also predicted Palin would put him in the W.H. So much for HIS thinking abilities.

    February 26, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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