This is a rush transcript from "Your World," February 28, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
NEIL CAVUTO, HOST OF "YOUR WORLD": In the meantime, Michigan, five hours to go before the polls close, turnout so far said to be low. Thirty delegates are up for grabs there.
By the way, this is also Mitt Romney's home state, a state many say he needs to win tonight if he wants to clinch the GOP nomination any time soon.
Romney telling me moments ago he will win Michigan and Arizona as well.
MITT ROMNEY (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I'm planning on winning in Arizona soundly, a lot of delegates there.
And I'll pick up a lot of delegates in Michigan, whether I win or not. I would like to win in Michigan. Obviously, I think I will. But I'll probably end up tonight with two or three times as many delegates coming out of tonight as anybody else in the race. So that’s a victory. We’ve got to get delegates. I'll keep on battling ahead.
CAVUTO: All right, so are referring to the fact that in Arizona, you win there, you take all the delegates. Even if you were to split Michigan, you would take half the delegates; it's a big night for you.
I understand. But you know the storyline. It goes, if you can't win the state that his father governed for three consecutive terms, he's from here, the roots are here, you're in deep trouble.
You don't buy that?
ROMNEY: You know, people try and write a narrative of that nature.
I'm understanding of that, that’s what they are going to try and do. But, frankly I’m planning on winning in Michigan. And if for some reason I don't, I have got by far the most delegates. I got a lot of states ahead. Weve got some states we’re going to win down the road. Super Tuesday, we got some good states that are going to be in our column. And I expect to get the delegates I need to win.
Now, if I were turned down by Massachusetts, where I’ve lived for the last 40 years, where I served as governor that might be a little harder to explain.
CAVUTO: Let me ask you, you have noted -- and the Rick Santorum campaign has not denied -- these robo-calls to rally Democratic voters to cast their votes against you, saying that your opposition to the auto bailouts were not good.
Now, of course, Rick Santorum was also against those auto bailouts. But what do you think of the whole tactic and the fact that it could tip the state his way tonight?
ROMNEY: Well, the Obama people, the UAW and Rick Santorum are all running ads focused on Democrats, calling, rather, Democrat homes, saying please go out and vote against Mitt Romney and vote for Rick Santorum.
You’ve got Michael Moore saying he’s telling people to vote for Rick Santorum. This is obviously an effort to try and intervene in our party, to kidnap our primary process. Republicans ought to be able to select the nominee we want.
And, clearly, Democrats have concluded that Rick Santorum is the easiest guy to run against Barack Obama. That’s why they are telling Democrats to vote for him.
CAVUTO: So you think that they are working in concert with Obama folks?
ROMNEY: Well, there’s no question but that they’re in league.
They probably haven’t communicated with one another, but you don’t need to. They’re all running the same robo-calls, trying to get Democrats to go and sign up in the Republican primary, and telling them all to vote for Rick Santorum. That obviously tells Republicans who the Democrats are most afraid of. And it’s not Rick Santorum. It’s me, or they wouldn’t be doing that.
CAVUTO: Still, the president even today, Governor, speaking to the UAW in Washington, said that your anti-union stance, more to the point, your anti-rescue stance is already coming back to bite you.
I want you to hear what the president said a couple hours ago.
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PRESIDENT OBAMA: You’ve got folks saying, well, the real problem is -- what we really disagreed with was the workers, they all made out like bandits -- that saving the auto industry was just about paying back the unions.
OBAMA: I mean, even by the standards of this town, that’s a load of you know what.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
CAVUTO: What do you think of that?
ROMNEY: Well, he sure has quite some rhetoric going there.
And, frankly, what should’ve happened in the auto industry is, it should’ve gone through a managed bankruptcy process. And if government was helped -- was needed to help to get them out of that bankruptcy process that was something I said in my op-ed I was open to.
But the idea of writing checks to the companies, that was something I opposed. And the idea of putting his hand on the scale of justice and saying we’re going to give a disproportionate share of the companies to the UAW, look, we’ve got to follow law in this country.
We either believe in the rule of law or we believe in the rule of cronies. And crony capitalism is bad here, as it is around the world. The president was just simply wrong in the way he managed this process.
CAVUTO: Maybe conservatives in the party, Governor, want you to either shout or get angry more. You addressed it earlier today in a press conference, where you say -- where you said, "I’m not willing to light my hair on fire to win over conservative voters." What did you mean by that?
ROMNEY: Well, there have been some candidates in this race who have said some things that are I think over the top. I have used that phrase before.
I’m not going to pull them out one by one, because it just adds my voice to their voices. But I think you have to show some degree of reason as you are dealing with the issues that we face today.
But I recognize this president has made some enormous mistakes. I happen to think that he is taking America in a country -- in a direction that makes us a great deal weaker, that he imperils our future, that he has made it harder for the recovery to occur, and that if he’s reelected that America will suffer.
And those I think are the kinds of words that need to be heard, rather than personal attacks, which I think are less effective.