Sunday 22 April 2018

Romney makes the magic number for Republicans

David Usborne in Washington

Mitt Romney focused his fire on Barack Obama yesterday after primary voting in Texas finally pushed him past the magic number of 1,144 delegates he needed to clinch the Republican nomination.

Not that his passing of the milestone went entirely smoothly. First, he was lampooned for attending a fundraiser organised by Donald Trump, who has again been questioning whether Mr Obama is an American.

Then there was the embarrassing glitch with the launch of a new smartphone application by his campaign team, which included a mistake on one of its pages trumpeting the Romney slogan: "A Better Amercia".

Mr Romney, however, tried to look beyond the primary process towards the general election in November.

"I know the road to 1,144 was long and hard, but I also know that the road to November 6, is also going to be long," he said. "It's going to be worth it because we're going to take back the White House and get America right again."

Recent polls have given Mr Romney an almost even chance of winning the White House. Giving Republicans hope are reports that outside groups are expecting to spend $1bn (€800m) over the next five months slamming Mr Obama, particularly on the economy.

Meanwhile, as Donald Trump put on a Las Vegas fundraiser for Mr Romney last night, both men avoided questions the billionaire reality TV star raised in the past week about Mr Obama's birthplace.

"He's going to be an absolutely great president," Mr Trump said of Mr Romney. "He's going to create jobs like you haven't seen for many, many years, since we were great. We were a great country. Soon we won't be a great country at all. We have to do it now. Mitt Romney will make us a great country again."

Meanwhile, Mr Obama called Mr Romney last night to congratulate him on securing the nomination, saying he looked forward to a "healthy debate about America's future." (© Independent News Service)

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