GOP: OK, It's Romney

Also, Paul Ryan says he'd be open to vice president slot if asked
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2012 12:19 PM CDT
Paul Ryan speaks during CBS "Face the Nation" Sunday, March 25, 2012. Ryan today said he'd consider running for vice president if asked.   (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)
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(Newser) – Republicans watched Rick Santorum's convincing victory in Louisiana last night, eyed his burgeoning numbers in Wisconsin, and ... took to the Sunday talk shows today to concede that Mitt Romney would win the nomination, and that they are OK with that. A look around your Sunday dial, as per Politico:

  • Lindsey Graham: "I think the primary is over. Romney will be the nominee. The fat lady hasn't sung yet. But she's warming up. I'm very comfortable with him. He'll get to 1,144. The last thing I want is a brokered convention."

  • Haley Barbour: "I'm not one of those that think you should say to people you've got to get out. This will wind down. Unless Romney steps on a land mine, it looks like he will be the nominee."
  • Paul Ryan: "I don’t know if I’d say (Romney) has it wrapped up. He is clearly on his way. I think he is becoming the prohibitive front runner. I think the sooner we coalesce around a nominee, the better off we are going to be. The prize is November, not this summer."
  • And, while Ryan's on the subject: If he was tapped to be vice president, "I would have to consider it, but it’s not something I’m even thinking about right now. Who knows about that. It’s not a bridge I’ve even come even close to crossing."
  • Not so fast, says Michele Bachmann: "This is the people's race and it is the primary voters who are going to make their decision. I think the quicker that the Republicans can unify behind our candidate and make Barack Obama and his failed policies the focus of this election the better off we all will be, but the people need to decide."
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