Mitt Romney clinched the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a win in the Texas primary, reports The Huff Post.
According to the Associated Press count, Romney cleared the benchmark of 1,144 delegates needed to win the nomination by winning at least 88 delegates in the Texas primary.
“We did it!” Romney proclaimed in a message to supporters, noting that “it’s only the beginning.”
“An honor and a privilege and a great responsibility,” Romney told supporters at a fundraiser in Las Vegas. “And I know the road to 1,144 was long and hard, but I also know that the road to 11-06 — Nov. 6th — is also going to be long and it’s going to be hard and it’s going to be worth it because we’re going to take back the White House and get America right again.”
Romney now has persuade swing voters that he can do a better job fixing the nation’s struggling economy than Obama. In Barack Obama, he faces a well-funded candidate with a proven campaign team in an election that will be heavily influenced by the economy.
“Our party has come together with the goal of putting the failures of the last three and a half years behind us. I have no illusions about the difficulties of the task before us. But whatever challenges lie ahead, we will settle for nothing less than getting America back on the path to full employment and prosperity,” Romney said in a statement.
Mitt Romney’s success was officially acknowledged by Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, who will now swing the full might of the party to aiding Romney’s campaign, writes The Telegraph.
However, Romney’s big day was a little overshadowed by his appearance with real estate mogul Donald Trump, who organized a major fund-raiser for Romney in Las Vegas, according to Reuters.
Trump has been loudly expressing his doubts over whether President Obama was born in the United States despite clear evidence that he was born in Hawaii, and Romney did nothing to publicly rein him in.
“Look, it’s very simple,” said Trump in the interview. “A book publisher came out three days ago and said that in his written synopsis of his book,” Trump went on, “he said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia. His mother never spent a day in the hospital.”
However, Romney decided not todistance himself from Trump, despite the reality TV and real estate mogul’s continued skepticism about Obama’s birth certificate.
“You know, I don’t agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe in,” Romney told reporters Monday.
The former Massachusetts governor now faces a lengthy to-do list for his duel with Barack Obama, from picking a vice presidential running mate to raising hundreds of millions of dollars for a national campaign.
Romney already went on the attack Tuesday, releasing a Web video citing the Obama administration’s loan-guarantee investments in four renewable-energy firms that lost money and laid off workers.
“We need to have presidents who understand how this economy works,” Mitt Romney told reporters Tuesday. “Sometimes I just don’t think he understands what it takes to help people. I know he wants to help, but he doesn’t know what he’s got to do.”