ABC News’ John Berman Reports: Former Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., was speaking at a giant phone bank in Boston, trying to give a pep talk to supporters of former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass.
He argued that this is a different type of campaign now. This isn’t about Iowa and New Hampshire: "This is a delegate count."
Talent said, "This is 1976," meaning a long GOP brawl to the convention not seen since Gerald Ford edged out the Gipper — Ronald Reagan — over three decades ago.
After defeats in Iowa and New Hampshire scrapped Romney’s early-state win strategy, his surrogates appear to be trying to steel his base of supporters for a much longer fight to the Republican convention.