Mitt Romney, who has struggled against Rick Santorum in Michigan, predicted Sunday that he will win the primaries in his home state and Arizona on Tuesday.
“I think I can show that I can fight real hard and come from behind,” Romney said on Fox News Sunday. “I’m planning on winning here in Michigan and obviously Arizona.”
Romney reminded viewers that in 2008 he trailed Republican rival John McCain by eight points before coming back to win. And this year, he said, the momentum is moving in the right direction. Ten days ago he was trailing Santorum by 15 points and is now the two are in a virtual dead heat.
Romney stuck by his position that the federal government should not have bailed out Detroit’s automakers even though, as host Chris Wallace pointed out, the head of GM and governor of Michigan, a Romney supporter, both have said the auto industry would not have survived without the government money.
He also defended remarking earlier this week that he owns a Ford Mustang and a couple of Cadillacs, a comment that drew criticism that Romney was disconnected from average voters.
“If people think there’s something wrong with being successful in America then they better vote for the other guy,” he said.
Romney also defended the tax plan he announced this week, which would cut marginal tax rates by 20 percent, arguing that it's similar to a proposal put out by President Obama’s deficit commission.
“I’m cutting rates across the board by 20 percent and I’m not going to put a bigger burden on middle income Americans,” he said.