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. Bill

    Then I guess the GOP is doomed. This has a long way to go. The entire field of candidates are a joke and the comedy will go on until August.

    March 12, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    "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."

    Would you still say this Willard if "that person" is not you? I highy doubt if you would care Mr. 1%.

    March 12, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. frag

    60% of the Republicans, who voted "anybody but Romney" are now supposed to support him so they can be part of the 35 to 40% of the voters who don't want Obama. Not much of a stratagy Mitt. Quick, get in there and solidfy your minority so you won't lose by as much.

    March 12, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    My goodness. It's almost like that perfum cloud that little old ladies have that almost chokes you on the subway or can be smelled a block away before you pass them on the know, that mixure of heavy flowery scents, BenGay and baby powder? Except with Mittens its the reek of desperation, insincerity and pleading.

    March 12, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Mikey

    A little panic?

    March 12, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Mr. Moderate

    So the only thing that matters is unseating the president? No mention of fixing the problems and challenges of our country. Thanks for clarifying your and your party's motivations Mitt, it confirms what so many of us have long believed.

    March 12, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. BBear1

    Wait a minute. What's with the teleprompters, Mr. Romney. I thought you Republicans didn't need them.

    March 12, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. Melo-D

    Mitt Romney being the best the GOP has to offer, is signaling the GOP's doom.

    March 12, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. curious

    It seems to me that the focus for any republican would be how do we produce a budget surplus? From Nixon to Bush, we had 28 straight years of budget deficits. Actions speak louder than words. Does Romney purpose to be the first republican president to produce a surplus?

    March 12, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. CBR

    The other candidates have the right to stay in the race as long as they see fit. Sorry, Mr. Romney, calling for them to retreat is in your self-interest and not that of the country.

    March 12, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    Doom it is Mittens. It doesn't look like Sanctimonious Santorum is going to quit anytime soon and since you are only about 40% of the way there for delegates, you'd better do a more convincing job to the sheep if you want that nomination

    March 12, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. CommonSense 12

    Mitt if that was the case, you would have more delegates!! First of all, you have no proof that can actually beat the other republican candidates, yet alone compete well against President the President said, good luck because you'll need it, Mr. Flip-Flopper!!!

    March 12, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. Darw1n

    @Sniffit – Nice metaphor, lol

    March 12, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    It's clear. Republicans are rallying behind Mitt Romney because he is not only the most capable guy in the 2012 race ( Obama included ) who can effectively address the most important issues for the American federal government right now, he is also the one who can get strong Independent support and capture the Senate as well as the House.

    This is what is happening right now and it is enjoyable to watch. As we showed in 2010, the true power in America is still right where it needs to be. With the voters.

    March 12, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. Russ

    It's pretty sad when GOP's campaign comes down to "we have nothing to offer, we just want the black guy out of the White House." What has this country turned into?

    March 12, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. The Greedy Old PIgs declared class war on US!

    This flaccid field of clown car candidates is merely a symptom of what has already doomed the GOBP deathcult. Fact is, the GOBP is no longer a party, is a cult based on articles of faith that history has disproven, like deregulation and tax cuts for the filthy rich. They are doomed because they ignore the three quarters of Americans who want a millionaire tax. They are doomed because they still believe their phony "christian" religions should hold sway over government. They are doomed because they care only for the greedy and not the needy.

    March 12, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. Don

    Wow you Democrats are just jealous that you didn't pick a candidate that could have fixed the economy like you used to have with Bill Clinton. I bet you're regretting that you didn't pick Hillary. Now we Republicans have someone better than Bill (smarter, will better improve the economy, and doesn't cheat on wife), and you guys resort to name calling. Don't worry it'll be over soon, stop crying, try to not be sore losers and show some pride for America. You'll get another chance at it in 2016 or 2020.

    March 12, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  18. GonzoinHouston

    So everyone should support Romney because he has a better organization and more rich friends. I guess if you have the money, the friends, and spend 5 years working on it non-stop you should become president. Who knew? I always thought becoming president had something to do with leadership and solutions.

    March 12, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  19. Independent Jones

    It's actually a pretty intelligent strategy.

    At this point the vast majority of people have already accepted that Romney is going to be the candidate and the faster Romney gets the nod, the faster he can reverse his viewpoints on key issues and support the things he supported in the first place.

    I'm sure there's a think-tank out there that has already run the numbers on just how long it takes for a reversal in policy and fundamental beliefs to be forgotten by the voting public... especially the knee-jerk voters.

    March 12, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. I'm Confused

    Romney lost to McCain who lost to Barry in '08. So now the GOP wants the loser who lost to the loser who lost to the biggest loser of all. A winning strategy ? RON PAUL Take back our freedom!

    March 12, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Since the other item is closed, just wanted to say: If anyone enjoys hugging 12 year old girls, it would be old dudes from that church in Utah.

    March 12, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  22. Corey

    That's what the Republicans get for this clown show. God help us all if any of them, including Mr. 1%, gets elected President. But it's not in the bag for Obama. Remember, this country was dumb enough and fooled enough to elect George W. Bush....twice!

    March 12, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  23. ST

    Now Romney wants to kick them out and after he has clinched the number, will he then kneel down and beg them to join him? This man is totally good for nothing!

    March 12, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  24. Jules

    Doom and Gloom, Doom and Gloom – that's all the GOP knows about – where are their ideas – where are the jobs they ran on in 2010 in the midterms? Where is anything from the GOP? The only they know is no, not that. They know all they've got is let's cut taxes for the job creators – like we did during the Bush administration and lost millions of jobs while the so called "job creators" became increasingly rich. Why don't you ask the Tea Party what you should say – oh that's right – that is why we are talking about contraception, gays, shipping people out of the country, etc. Come on boys – put your big boy pants on and come up with some ideas – everybody except Santorum, that is, because he has already said he is not a visionary so he can be excused. No ideas there.

    March 12, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  25. Beverly - NYC

    Mitt are you really thnking of the party or how much you're going to waste on nasty ads in the coming months. Someone is beginning to look desperate.

    March 12, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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