Former RNC Chairman Mike Duncan says Romney has run 'beautiful campaign' so far

01/09/2012 07:43 AM

Heading into Tuesday’s primary in New Hampshire, former Gov. Mitt Romney is well-positioned to lock up the Republican presidential nomination after running a “beautiful campaign,” said former Republican chairman Mike Duncan.

“It hasn’t hurt him to this point, and I would argue it will not hurt him,” said Duncan, who served as the 60th chairman of the Republican National Committee during the 2008 presidential election. (3:50 of the interview).

Duncan said in an interview Thursday on Pure Politics that last week’s Iowa caucuses finished about the way he expected with former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum finishing second to Romney by eight votes.

“You could see Rick Santorum coming up in the rolling averages of the polls over the weekend, even though he was shown to be behind he was winning each day, and that showed clearly that he had the momentum,” Duncan said (:43 of the interview). “Had this occurred a month earlier Newt Gingrich would have won… Probably Ron Paul would have been second and third who knows.”

Duncan says everything in politics is about timing, and the timing looks right for the Romney campaign.

“Timing is everything in politics and Romney came out at the right time and Santorum came out at the right time, and those two along with Ron Paul have a ticket to New Hampshire and have a ticket all the way to Florida,” said Duncan. (1:04 of the interview)

Duncan offered some insights into the shape of Romney’s campaign in the seeming merry-go round of Republican front runners in this primary race.

“I think that Mitt Romney has run a beautiful campaign,” said Duncan. He said a successful presidential candidate must have three things coming together. Find out what they are at 1:40 of the interview.

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