• With: Mitt Romney

    ROMNEY: Well, I would like to win Arizona and Michigan, because, of course, there are a lot of delegates at stake in both states.

    And I will be campaigning hard to win in those states. I can't make a prediction as to what will happen. Last time, I won, but I think I won by two points. So, it was pretty darn close. And so, I am not expecting a landslide.

    I don't -- I can't tell you 100 percent that I will win, but I am planning on it. I'm going to work hard for it. And I think the people of Michigan understand that this is a chance to select as our nominee a person who was born and raised in Michigan, who understands Michigan values, and who will do everything in his power to get Michigan working again.

    It is beginning to show signs of progress, but there is a lot more we need to do to get Detroit and Michigan on track again.

    CAVUTO: But are you worried, Governor? Even people who like you a great deal -- Jim DeMint, who supported you four years ago, said what happened a couple of days ago is a signal, saying about you, sir, "Playing it safe, as Romney tends to do, is not going to get it done."

    What do you make of that?

    ROMNEY: Well, actually, we played pretty hard in Florida, as you probably know, a lot of delegates at stake there, worked almost around the clock, made a real effort in Florida, and I think surprised a lot people, who expected Newt Gingrich to win there. He was ahead I think by double digits after South Carolina in Florida. So, it was a come-from-behind, worked like crazy, and won that. And then we went to Nevada. And we were concerned that Speaker Gingrich, with the support of his friends in Las Vegas, would be able to be successful there, of course, delegates at stake in Nevada as well.

    We worked tirelessly there. In the three that just happened, as you point out, they were nonbinding, but we would like to have won those. We didn't, came closer in Colorado than the others. But we're going to focus our efforts on Michigan and Nevada.

    And when it comes to working hard, I have not been home since Christmas, Neil.


    ROMNEY: So you can't work -- I have not been in my bed since Christmas. So we are working pretty darn hard. And I think people in Michigan and Arizona are going to give me their support. Sure hope so.

    CAVUTO: My family would welcome if I didn't come home since Christmas.


    CAVUTO: But your point is well-taken.

    Governor, I would like to conclude, then, with just a sense of the math, the delegate math. I know you try not to get into the intricacies of this, but many have been arguing to me -- pundits all, so take it with a grain of salt -- that it is statistically possible that you could get to the convention without a majority of the delegates, without the 1,144 you will need.

    Do you think that is possible?

    ROMNEY: Well, anything is possible. I think it is unlikely.

    And I expect that one or the other of us will be able to garner the kind of support necessary to become the nominee. And that will allow us, of course, to begin raising money for the general election and to begin to campaign against President Obama.

    CAVUTO: But do you worry that the later it -- I'm sorry, sir -- that the later it goes, that the less, I don't know, instantly inevitable you seem, that it ups the ante and the pressure on you?

    ROMNEY: Well, the table is set the way it's set. And I will get the delegates I get.

    I hope I get -- I hope I win all the remaining contests. But I remember, last time around, John McCain, I think he lost 19 states on his way to getting the nomination. You don't win them all. And, so, I expect I will lose a number of states before we actually get to a point where I get the 1,150 delegates I need.

    But I must admit, I would be a little surprised if we went all the way until, what, August or September until we had a nominee. That would be unusual. Is it mathematically possible? Yeah. But usually one or the other candidates runs out of money, runs out of support, and someone else is able to garner the delegates needed for the nomination.

    CAVUTO: So, you're not worried that the party then goes outside and says, well, Mitt just doesn't get to the finish line? ROMNEY: Well, I don't know what is going to happen. I think I'm going to be the nominee if I do my job right.

    But maybe it is the other guy who becomes the nominee. I think it's kind of unlikely it would be someone else altogether. I think, most likely, it will be Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, or myself.


    CAVUTO: All right, we shall see -- Mitt Romney.

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