Romney Surrogate: ‘This is 1976′

By Jennifer Parker

Jan 9, 2008 10:44am

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.

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