Newt Gingrich poll vault prompts Mitt Romney reboot
Mitt Romney, facing anxiety from some of his own supporters after sliding back to second in a slew of polls, took a series of steps Tuesday to signal he’ll get more aggressive in the final weeks before voting begins.
Romney also indicated that he’s prepared for a long slog toward the Republican nomination — a nod to supporters who are getting spooked by Newt Gingrich’s growing lead in first-in-the-nation Iowa.
“I’ve still got about seven more days of fundraising, and then we get to spend almost all of our time politicking in New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina, Florida, a couple other states,” Romney told reporters here.
He also said he was abandoning his media cocoon and planned to do more interviews in coming days.
“With regards to media, you’re going to see me on a lot more shows than I’ve been on in the last several months,” Romney said.
And with Gingrich appearing formidable in Iowa, the former Massachusetts governor predicted a drawn-out battle for the GOP nod.
“This will probably take longer than a week or two to sort out,” he said. “My expectation is that it’s going to be a campaign that is going to go on for a while.”