Mitt Romney made the morning television show rounds to acknowledge that he’ll have to fight to win next week's South Carolina primary.
Romney gave interviews to CNN's "American Morning," Fox News’ "Fox and Friends," ABC’s "Good Morning America," NBC's "Today Show" and MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" Wednesday. Romney won the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, making him the first non-incumbent Republican to win both the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire’s nominating contest.
“You are right, I have an uphill climb in South Carolina given my track record there,” Romney said on Fox, adding that winning both Iowa and New Hampshire has given his campaign a “boost.”
On MSNBC, Romney defended his ability to win over conservative evangelicals in South Caroilna, noting that he won the majority of the conservative vote in New Hampshire and won the endorsement of influential South Carolina conservative Bob Jones four years ago.
“There are people who want to elect a commander in chief. They're not worried about electing a pastor in chief,” Romney said of the evangelical vote on MSNBC. On ABC, Romney said, “I think the people in South Carolina want someone who knows how to work the economy”
In Romney's near-simultaneous appearances on all the major network television shows, he was repeatedly asked about criticism of his past at Bain Capital. Romney repeatedly told viewers that he created 100,000 jobs and started well-known businesses while at Bain, and labeled his Republican primary competitors’ attacks on his Bain record as a sign of their desperation.
“Those that are calling themselves true conservatives ended up attacking venture capitalism and capitalism in general. It suggests a bit of a desperate time for some campaigns,” Rommey said on MSNBC. “You know, I don't know the logic behind it to be honest with you. I think it's the wrong course for them to take. But frankly I'm kind of glad they're taking it. I don't think it'll be successful. It gives people a good chance to understand that my background is in business.”
“I think it's something we expected to come from President Obama. We didn't expect that Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry would become the witnesses for his prosecution, if you will," Romney said on NBC. "I don't think it's helped them. For them to be attacking free enterprise and suggest that people should have a limit to how much they can make in their success is something which the Democrats have been talking about for years."
He said he is determined to keep the focus on Obama: “I have a long way to go before I get the nomination, if I'm lucky enough to get it. But I really think we're best off focusing on the failures of this president and in my case I want to demonstrate that I have the capacity to make America once again a great place for opportunity, for rising incomes,” Romney said on CNN.
At the same time, Romney was careful not to discount his rivals' campaigns moving forward -- a potential sign that he hopes he can win the support of any who might drop out.
“I don’t expect people to fall by the wayside for lack of funds—I think I expect them to fall by the wayside eventually for lack of voters,” Romney said of Gingrich and Perry on ABC. On CBS, Romney said of Ron Paul, “He’s shown that he can get a great deal of support.”