Decision 2012: Confident Romney Courts City GOP Fundraisers
A day after losing primaries in two key southern states, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was in Midtown on Wednesday but limited his exposure while trying to raise money behind closed doors. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
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NY1 was booted from a Wednesday fundraiser for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Midtown.
There was a brief sighting of the former Massachusetts governor when he emerged from Fox News, where he held his sole interview.
Asked about losing Alabama and Mississippi, he replied, "Don't forget Hawaii." The former Massachusetts governor won the caucuses there.
But Rick Santorum's sweep in the Republican strongholds is getting more attention.
"Well, I'm sorry they have to go back to look at other states that are actually kind of important. Let's say Florida, for instance, where I won, and Michigan, and Ohio, and Nevada and New Hampshire. The list goes on," Romney said on Fox News.
Those who attended fundraisers said Romney appeared totally at ease with what happened Tuesday night, and that he made a convincing case of how mathematically difficult it would be for any of his rivals to overtake him in the delegate count.
"He did not seem to be worried. He seemed very confident, very comfortable," said Oliver Mitchell, who attended a Romney fundraiser.
"Romney pointed out that any opponent he has would have to win almost 75 percent of the coming state delegates to be able to surpass him," said John Catsimatidis, who hosted a Romney fundraiser.
A fear among Republicans is not necessarily that Romney will lose the delegate count, but that no one will collect the majority needed to claim the nomination, leading to an unruly party convention late this summer.
Catsimatidis said Romney will still get the nod, rather than Santorum or former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
"The day-to-day Republicans that run our states and run our cities are terrified and panicking that the party would even consider Newt or Rick," said Catsimatidis.
But many in the Republican Party are doing just that. Santorum in particular has found one effective way of getting more votes is to urge ordinary Republicans that they, and not party bosses, can determine who gets the GOP nomination.
Meanwhile, Romney's New York appearance on Wednesday touched off protests, but no arrests.