While the political world is abuzz with speculation about whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will run for the Republican presidential nomination, candidate Mitt Romney says Christie’s actions are having little effect on him.
“You've got to find some excitement, you’ve got to have some intrigue,” the former Massachusetts governor said, referring to the media.
As for Christie, “That’s part of his business to generate interest and support for himself and his campaign for re-election in New Jersey, for his agenda in New Jersey,” Romney said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today. “Who knows, maybe he decides to get in. I can’t control what other folks do. All I can control is what I do.”
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Romney, who is engaged in a pitched battle with Texas Gov. Rick Perry for the campaign’s front-runner position, said he could produce a quick move up in the polls by making “outrageous and incendiary” comments. “But in the final analysis, I think people will move to the person who they think will get the economy going again and understands the challenges America faces and knows how to deal with those.”
Before addressing the Christie issue, Romney discussed how he deals with his competitors in general. “At a stage like this, my view is you express what you believe, talk about the issues you care about, and hopefully people will come to you,” he said. “You keep your head down . . . hope the other guys stumble, but if they don’t that’s the nature of American politics.”
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