April 1st, 2012
11:07 AM ET
11 years ago

McConnell: Romney will be an ‘outstanding’ nominee

(CNN) - While stopping short of a full-throated endorsement, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday predicted Mitt Romney will become the Republican presidential pick and trumpeted the former Massachusetts governor as an “outstanding” nominee.

“I think he's going to be an excellent candidate, and I think the chances are overwhelming that he will be our nominee,” McConnell said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Romney has 571 delegates, according to CNN estimates, and McConnell argued that the GOP is in the “final phase” of the nominating process and will likely have its presidential candidate soon.

“It's absolutely apparent that it's in the best interests of our party at this particular point to get behind the person who is obviously going to be our nominee and to begin to make the case against the president of the United States,” McConnell told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

Asked why he has not thrown his support behind Romney in the form of an endorsement, McConnell said voters in the upcoming contests in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia do not need his advice.

“Most of the members of the Senate Republican Conference are either supporting him, or they have the view that I do, that it's time to turn our attention to the fall campaign,” he said.

McConnell, though not officially endorsing Romney, joins a growing number of leading Republicans calling on the party to unite around one candidate. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, former President George H. W. Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida all gave their nods to Romney this week.

“I think he will be an outstanding nominee,” McConnell said. “I think he can win the election.”

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Annie, Atlanta

    Seriously, to the good people of KY, is this the guy that represents your interests? The guy who said that his party's #1 goal was to make sure our President served only one term, and then refused to govern in an effort to reach that goal? He refused to do the job for which he was elected, and for which we pay him, for political gain. Personally, from where I'm sitting, this man is not only a disgrace but a traitor.

    April 1, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. Dave

    Can an old rich guy get a high rankin position in an old filthy richs guys administration? Yea,

    April 1, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. Dave

    Mitch to his buddies Mitt, Paul, Karl, & co. We dont have a snowballls chance in hell to win this thing. Whats the best way to Cheat? Lets Repress as many minorities & the old as possible.

    April 1, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. John

    Romney is a total flip flopper who has no inner core. His number one achievement Romney care is something he is running away from as fast as possible. He is now Anti abortion after previously being pro Abortion. He is the poster child for the 1% who pays 14% in taxes. He is an elitist who loves to fire people however the American people are going to beat him to the punch first this November and fire Mr. two faced Romney.....

    April 1, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. Dave

    Yo Micth, Russia is our biggest enemy. Oh yea, that makes for a Great Commander in Chief. God help us if Mr Personality is in that position!!!

    April 1, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. lyn

    Best way for the Democrats is to answer all the lies with truths. They hate facts. Old Mr. Mush Mouth needs to get a new pair of dancing shoes, his are wearing out dancing around answers with typical talking points and not answering the question. A Palin ploy.

    April 1, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. GonzoinHouston

    Oh, he'll make a great candidate, all right. He won't be any kind of president because he won't win in the fall, but he'll make a great candidate.

    April 1, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Scef

    McConnell knows the same thing that I do, the electoral map doesn't look to good for the repubs. The 22 states that are safely red states yield 176 elec votes, 94 shy of the 270 needed. The 22 blve states and DC yield 255 elec votes, just 15 shy of the 270. That leaves these 6 toss up states with their EC votes: FL 27, PA 21, OH 20, NC 15, VA 13, IN 11. The President won all 6 in 08. The repub would have to win 5 of the 6, FL is a must, to win the White House, plus not lose any states that are in play. If they lose GA it's a landslide.

    April 1, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Thomas

    The only reason Minority Leader Mitch McConnell believes the world is round , is because corporate special interest paid him to believe so .

    Romney / Romney , Later day Bush 2012

    April 1, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. AmericanSam

    You're going to have to do more to convince people that Mitt Romney is outstanding besides just saying he's outstanding.

    April 1, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. labman57

    Romney judges a person's qualifications to lead based on the depth of one's wallet rather than the depth of one's wisdom. He evaluates a person's net worth based on the value of one's portfolio rather than one's value to their community.

    Of course, in the end Mitt "Stepford" Romney will indeed by an outstanding Republican nominee, as he can be easily reprogrammed on a day's notice.

    April 1, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. diridi

    I hate this SOB, I think America needs to pass Term-Limits for Congress and Senate. He is a nasty idiot. GOP is hurting with him, and Eric Cantor..etc, o.k,

    April 1, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. A not-so-stupid former republican

    McConnell is right about one thing; no one needs any advice from a loser like him. Old pickle-face should be considering what is right for the country instead of worrying about what is good for his party: the Greedy Old Pigs. McConnell is typical of the republican leadership: old, fat, and stupid!

    April 1, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. A not-so-stupid former republican

    McConnell, Boehner, Cantor, Ryan, Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich are the ultimate enemies of the United States of America

    April 1, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. a realist

    Obama/Biden will win. Yay!

    April 1, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. ST

    Watching McConnell talking, the man showed vividly how skeptical he is about Romney.

    April 1, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. Al

    Mitch must really be proud of his record, the record that totals all of the way to NOTHING. RETIRE OLD MAN YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO AMERICA

    April 1, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. Tony

    Democrats agree. Romney will be an outstanding Republican nominee to run against in the general election. The Republican establishment is telling the Republican base that although Republican politicians attacked the individual mandate the last couple of years, they did not really mean it. Individual mandate is OK when it is our guy (a Republican) who enacted it, but not when the other guy (a Democrat) did the same.

    April 1, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Tim

    When I see the words "overwhelming" and McConnell in the same phrase what comes to mind for me is what an overwhelming failure as a so called leader Sen. McConnell has been. He is nothing more than an obstructionist and a someone who has perfected the art of carrying a disproportionate amount of pork back to his state. As a national leader? An overwhelming failure.

    April 1, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. Michael Q

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is the very reason and an example of why America should vote for anyone but a Republican. The Republican Party has to be rebuilt wherein the good of the country is a priority. Otherwise, the people will no longer buy the "me first" ideology of the capitalistic system where only the strong (winners) survive and the weak (losers) are cast aside.

    April 1, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. Killdeer

    Yeah Mitch, he's an outstanding candidate...out standing in the rain on Nov. 7th with the rest of you obstructionist GOP/TP baggers...

    Obama/ Biden 2012

    April 1, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. dreamer96

    Mitt never served in the US military and his 5 sons will never, and Mitch McConnell was kicked out after 2 years, back when they kicked out men for doing things like that in the barracks....Yes these guys are two much a like ...both hypocrites..and both to quick to start new wars, where other people's kids lives will be lost, and they will both make more money off the new war...

    April 1, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. cali girl

    To Dave, I want to add that Robmey has also alienated women, gays, immigrants, planned parenthood, and all of the 99% who he has no ability to relate to.
    Great posts Dave, thanks buddy.

    April 1, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |