Romney: If battle to convention, 'signaling our doom'
March 12th, 2012
05:02 PM ET
8 years ago

Romney: If battle to convention, 'signaling our doom'

(CNN) – Mitt Romney, fending off talk of a contested GOP convention from rivals Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, said Monday it would be catastrophic if Republicans continued to battle for the nomination until August.

"If we go to a convention we would be signaling our doom in terms of replacing President Obama," Romney said in an interview on Fox News. "We need to select someone to become our nominee, get that person nominated and get focused on rebounding and getting him out of the White House."

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Romney said Santorum would need a "miracle" to clinch enough delegates to become the Republican presidential nominee.

"If he is able to pull off a miracle, he will be the nominee, but we have a selection process and we are in the middle of it and I am strongly leading and I will continue to lead and you will see me get the delegates to become the nominee," Romney said.

CNN currently estimates Romney to have secured 458 delegates, more than twice the amount won by Santorum, who is estimated to have 203. A candidate needs 1,144 delegates to clinch the GOP nomination.

In the interview Monday, Romney became incredulous when contemplating the notion of a GOP convention without a presumptive nominee.

"All the way to the end of August to select a nominee? And have campaign working during a convention? Can you imagine anything a bigger gift to president Obama? That will not happen," Romney said.

Rival campaigns don't have the organization to go head to head with the incumbent Democrat, Romney asserted, suggesting the support he's seen in southern states with upcoming contests was indicative of his strength against Obama.

"We need to get behind the guy who can beat President Obama, and I can," Romney said. "The other guys are nice folks but they have not organized a campaign with a staff, the organization, the fundraising capacity, to actually beat Obama. I have and that is why so many people in Mississippi and Alabama are joining my effort."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Donnie

    Willard you need to rest a bit. jindal sees the writing on the wall and has his election to worry about but redneck foxworthy whoever he is has endorsed you

    March 12, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  2. John Brown

    I pay 30% for my taxes and he pays 14%. I have to pay additional 16% for his tax credit? That's kind of tax what Republican wants! Wow.. That's very nice.

    March 12, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  3. Donnie

    Our doom? more like your doom willard. it is your own party saying it no less!

    March 12, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  4. Hawk in Texas

    Not one word on how to fix the economy that the republicans trashed. not one word about creating jobs. nothing about global warming, nothing about the oil companys gouging the public. only we must beat obama. that is all that the republicans have on their mind to beat obama. the oil companys are jacking up the price of gasoline to make obama look bad. banks aren't lending to make him look bad. the republicans will destroy america to beat Obama.

    March 12, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  5. tim123

    this is true gingrich and santorum are putting yheir egos ahead of their party amd their country.

    March 12, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    what's wrong with being a successful billionaire? Isn't that what America is all about? Many of these persons didn't
    inherit all their money, they worked for it the old-fashioned way.

    March 12, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  7. tigerakabj

    Then I hope Santorum and Gingrich go all the way to the convention.

    Furthermore, even if they knew they couldn't win, they are going to stay in the race anyway just to sell more books, trash talk a couple more people (like you), and point out to everybody how they are the best thing since sliced bread (in their own minds). They could care less Mittens about you, the party, or the country.

    It was so funny watching President Obama respond to the inane reporter's questions saying "Good luck (to you)." No really. He was licking his chops waiting to release video after video of you having a debate with yourself.

    March 13, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  8. Texas voter


    March 13, 2012 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  9. Attila, The Hun

    It is written in the Book of Moron that RoMoney will be the eventual nominee.

    March 13, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  10. dan5404

    That signal went up following the first debate, and the flag is still waving.

    March 13, 2012 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  11. Graveworm

    The only reason why a convention might be possible is because of you Romney. No one likes you. The only reason why you are this far is because you paid for your votes and delegates.

    March 13, 2012 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  12. Obama 2012

    Aaah! It feels Good to be a Democrat!

    March 13, 2012 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  13. Ricardo

    Yeah good thinking Romney, drop out n Santorum can be the nomminee, how's that?

    March 13, 2012 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  14. James

    Wow. It's not about anything except beating Obama... How sad.

    March 13, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  15. Guess What

    some of us dont like you romney, so lets take it all the way to the end, because you cannot get all conservatives together, Romney is a White obama

    March 13, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  16. wgf

    If you think making $300,000 a year in speaking fees is "not much", then you might be a Romney.

    btw... I just love this Foxworthy endorsement. There's just no end to the Romney – Foxworthy jokes.

    March 13, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  17. diridi

    By bad virtue of Bush and Reagan, GOP is doldrums....They better come to earth and think of people first, than Greed.

    March 13, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  18. DaveSEMass

    The fact that Ship 'N Flip Robmey is still the leading GOP candidate is a sufficient signal of doom for the GOP. Flip thinks he's inevitable, but only ardent white racists and millionaires will vote for him in the general election. That's only, at most, 40% of the voting population. At least the Ayatollah connects with every day people and therefore stands a better chance against Obama. GOP voters who choose Romney are choosing doom and they don't even like the guy. Who could really like a guy like Romney except a fellow country club member?

    March 13, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  19. Mike M

    "We need to get behind the guy who can beat President Obama, and I can," Romney said. How convenient that the GOP should stop their infighting and protracted primaries and support... well support ME!

    Could Mr Romney be any more transparent?

    March 13, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  20. dagoberto

    So, Mr. Romney, you are ready to drop out?

    March 13, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  21. LDS Underwear

    Mitt finally got something right. If the GOP nominates him, they are doomed. Go eat some catfish, newly found Bubba.

    March 13, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  22. coy4one

    A vote for any of these Republican candidates is a vote for the wealthy, corporations, and for more burdens on the middle class and the poor. And if Gingrich thinks that having Perry as his running mate is a good thing, he should know that he (Gingrich) needs a pap smear first, followed by listening to his (Perry's) heartbeat, and then Gingrich needs a Texas Voter's ID card. Oh, and don't forget that although there is a V.P. residence, Perry will need the government to pay for his private estate.

    March 13, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  23. Sorensen

    What an incredibly naive statement. They are already doomed and have been for some time.
    There is obviously no end to the stupidity, panic and increasing irrelevance of the GOP.

    March 13, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  24. Expat American

    Sounds like there is Panic at the Old, WHITE, Christian Extremist, Tea Party Disco.

    March 13, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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