Mitt Romney, basking in the glow of his first gold medal of the Republican nomination race, made the rounds of the six morning TV shows today to claim momentum from his Michigan primary win.
Even as his rivals accuse him of pandering by promising to restore the auto industry's glory, Romney said his message of helping the economy and fixing Washington connected with Michigan voters.
He also denied intentionally stepping on John McCain's post-primary speech. It is traditional political courtesy for the winner to let the also-rans say their piece before giving their victory speech, but Romney started his in Michigan Tuesday night in the middle of McCain's in Charleston, S.C. The TV networks broke away from McCain, depriving him of air time.
In final, unofficial returns, Romney finished with 39 percent of the vote, well ahead of McCain with 30 percent, and Mike Huckabee with 16 percent. Ron Paul ended up in fourth with 6 percent, Fred Thompson in fifth with 4 percent, and Rudy Giuliani in sixth with 3 percent.