February 28th, 2012
10:15 AM ET
10 years ago

Top Republican predicts consequences if Romney loses Michigan

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is all riding on Michigan's primary vote, a top GOP congressman said Tuesday.

"From my perspective, if Romney does not win Michigan, it creates real problems for his candidacy," New York Rep. Peter King said Tuesday on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

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King said a Michigan loss for Romney would spark more active recruitment of other candidates from GOP insiders.

"I think you will start seeing more activity among the Republican establishment, whatever that is, talking to people like Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan, Mitch Daniels. If Mitt Romney has not been able to break loose at all, can't win Michigan, it raises real problems. Rick Santorum has had a lot of negatives over the last week. If he is still able to win Michigan, that shows a real problem that Mitt Romney has."

King was quick to make clear he was just verbalizing Republican chatter.

"I have no inside knowledge," King said. "Just whispering and mumbling here. Again, among top Republicans who are concerned that Governor Romney has not been able to break loose. The longer this goes on and his weaknesses show, the stronger President Obama becomes."

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Filed under: 2012 • Michigan • Peter King
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  1. Sniffit

    To be fair, this is the same tinfoil hat wearing demagogue who makes dire predictions about what will happen if we'rea ll not running around like our hair is on fire fearing every single muslim person we see so, needless to say, we should all takes his dire predictions with a large grain of salt...even if he happens to be correct in this instance.

    February 28, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Joseph B

    Very few people seem to "like" Romney. But somehow (maybe it's the great hair), the media has considered Romney to be "electable" even though he is unable to win effectively in his own party. Romney has won Maine, New Hampshire, Nevada, and Florida. Yet lost Iowa, Colorado, South Carolina, Minnesota, and Missouri. What makes him electable? Perhaps the GOP establishment has reached the point where they do not like what their base has become and what their base believes.

    February 28, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. Frank Rena

    Peter – imagine my surprise when a politician spouts nonsense – what a shock. First of all you should be promoting a cohesive effort to defeat Obama not cause additional rifts in the party. Not sure if it was Santorum that started the myth but the media jumped on board"Romney Must Win MI". A long long time a go ina state far way Romney left MI – his father was gov in 1960 – most of those that voted for him have passed on or moved to FL where BTW they voted for Mitt. I am sure that it was an oversight that when you had the oppty to negate the loss you failed to do so – you should have mentioned that it is a tough race for Mitt because of the DNC and labor pumping large anti Romney ad buys and creating chaos by asking Dem Labor Goons to vote for Santorum – coincidentially Santorum is doing the same thing the only dif is that the DNC is up front about their intentions to creat chaos and Slick Rick is not. The fact that the race is even close for Mitt is a huge factor in the spllt the delegates state – he came from a 15pt deficit to a dead heat. If he loses MI and slams AZ the race is far from over as Slick Rick would like us to believe.

    We all know that if Santorum wins the election one thing is an absolute certainty – Obama wins and the country loses – pleare get you priorities in order and focus on defeating Obama.

    February 28, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If Romney loses MI and wins only a few states in Super Tuesday, then a new candidate could come in and provide something new for people. I don't see that happening. It will be a squeaker though; hard fought is what I see.

    February 28, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Coolheaded

    Ever notice every contest is "must win" for Romney, and "probably will lose" for everyone else?

    February 28, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. Bill

    The comedy that is the GOP continues.

    February 28, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Whispering and mumbling is the GOBP's stock in trade, especially when it contains fear, lies, hate, ignorance and propaganda. In this case, though, it's probably true. Rmoney is in trouble and will remain in trouble because he's fundamentally (a) a liar and (b) way out of touch with average Americans. Sadly, that describes virtually anyone the GOBP can run.

    February 28, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. Riptim

    The republicans and the tea baggers are so desperate they are begging someone else to run, they know they have already lost the POTUS. The aim now is to take back the house and and get back the supreme court to eliminate this stupidity that corporations are people.

    February 28, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. ST

    Everybody knows: " East West Home Is Best". If your own home is not the best place to be, where else should you be. Michigan is where Romney was born. He needs full support from people there who regard him as their native son. If they can not take him that way, how on earth other parts who know Romney by name only can take him as a serious, reliable, trustworthy person. Folks, charity always starts at home!

    February 28, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Carl

    If Romney loses his homestate, he is kinda screwed. This would give Santorum tremendous momentum.

    February 28, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. clarke

    The Issue:
    Why is Rick Santorum spending your tax dollars on his family?

    Rick took $100,000 from a struggling Pennsylvania public school district to pay for his children’s “cyber” education program
    Unfortunately, Rick and his family live in suburban Virginia, not Pennsylvania, so they weren’t entitled to those funds
    And when exposed in the press, Rick wouldn’t pay back the money, so the Penn Hills School District had to go to court to get it back…at more cost to local taxpayers
    Pretty hypocritical, since Rick won his first congressional race by attacking the incumbent for living in Virginia instead of Pennsylvania

    February 28, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. ourjungle

    Jesus had an Economic Plan...TEACH THEM TO FISH. Romney understands this Econnomic Plan...(ie, PUT THEM TO WORK). Santorum is focused on regulating your Bedroom

    February 28, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. zooni

    Corporate America has selected Romney as their candidate and MSM has ignored candidates in order to push him through. Corporate America will select another candidate and America will get a surprise, we have no clue on this guys agenda candidate.

    February 28, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. darcy fournier

    The problem with our political system is that it does not work. Parties should be abolished.

    Also, if you have no chance to win, like Gingrich and Paul, you should be made to disband and stop raising millions for a dead campaign when people that you claim to represent can't afford gas.

    Santorum is too religious...I don't need a president talking to me about God, I can handle that on my own. What I need a president to do is something that is out of my hands...create jobs, get gas rices under control, allow me to be able to keep my home and make it safe for me to be an American over seas so I don't get my head cut off because we stick out nose into the business of others.

    Romney is going to be the man to face Obama in November-Michigan win or loss...and while i do not agree with some of his points, anything and anyone is better than the man that sits in office right now.

    February 28, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Is Mitt a Git?

    Obama is strong on his own merits–end of story. He does not need to rely on the revealed weaknesses of the republican candidates–especially Romney, to be considered strong. That is nothing but arrogant republican thinking.

    Obama 2.0, 2012

    February 28, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    "I think you will start seeing more activity among the Republican establishment, whatever that is, talking to people like Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan, Mitch Daniels. ...."
    I laugh every time a Republican mentions Jeb Bush in this context. I had thought that it was just Republican voters who sufferred from both long and short term memory loss. Now I see the politicians are also afflicted. Jeb Bush. Didn't the Republican establishment all but formally kick him out of the party for his saying that The Stimulus worked? I thought that Jeb Bush get branded for life as an "Obama lover" because he appeared on stage with Pres. Obama, put politics aside and thanked him for The Stimilus funds, and then asked for a second round because it was good for America as it struggled its' through the economic damage of the global financial crisis.

    Have Republicans forgotten about all of this? Or are they hoping that the voters have forgotten about it? Jeb Bush will not jump into the race, though. Just last week remarking on the current state of the conservative movement, he said, "I used to think that I was a conservative."

    February 28, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Sandy

    Why does someone else have to get in the race? If the voters pick Santorum over Rommey, then that's the horse you go with because that's who the voters want!

    Of course, I don't want Santorum, but if the Republican voters do, then that's who the nominee should be. Why do GOPers are always disregarding the peoples' vote!

    February 28, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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