The Chase 2012

Romney’s Michigan chairman confident but stops short of predicting primary win

ALBION, Mich. — Although he voiced strong confidence that his candidate would be the eventual Republican nominee against Barack Obama this fall, the chairman of Mitt Romney’s campaign in Michigan stopped short of predicting an outright Romney victory in that state’s nationally watched presidential primary Tuesday.

When we asked State Attorney General Bill Schuette (pronounced “Shoe-Tea”) flat out if Romney would emerge triumphant over Rick Santorum in the primary held in the state where he was born and his father was governor, he replied that Romney “would do very well” in what he said would surely be a close contest.  Schuette, who is chairman of Romney’s campaign in Michigan, spoke to us following a following a pre-primary speech by Romney at the Caster Concepts plant here on Monday afternoon.

Schuette went on to predict that Romney would “eventually” be the Republican nominee for president and did not think the speculation about labor unions encouraging traditional Democratic voters would not be a significant factor in the presidential primary Feb. 28.

He also made a strong case that his candidate’s strong emphasis on job creation and reducing government spending would be key to Republicans carrying Michigan in the fall.        

The main issue in the Wolverine State, Schuette told us, “is a four-letter word:  J-O-B-S” and that Romney’s background as a successful businessman with a record of creating private sector jobs was his strongest selling point in the state.  Schuette went on to predict that Romney would “eventually” be the Republican nominee for president and did not think the speculation about labor unions encouraging traditional Democratic voters would not be a significant factor in the presidential primary Feb. 28.

There will not be enough “monkeying around by Democrats,” as Schuette put it, to affect the outcome.  (Michigan has no party registration, so traditional Democrats can vote in Republican primaries and vice versa).

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