George Stephanopoulos Ready to Crown Romney, 1099 Delegates Shy of Nomination
Ignoring the facts, Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday insisted that it would be "impossible" for a non-Mitt Romney candidate to capture the nomination if the former Massachusetts governor wins the South Carolina primary on Saturday. However, even if Romney won all 25 of the state's delegates, he would still be 1099 shy of the amount needed to clinch a final victory.
While talking to reporter John Berman, Stephanopoulos declared, "And if he wins on Saturday, impossible to see how any of [the other candidates] could really come back." Berman cemented this questionable logic, agreeing, "Seems like that wraps it up." [MP3 audio here.] Romney currently has 20 delegates. The most he could have after Saturday is 45. 1144 are needed to win the GOP nomination.
Stephanopoulos teased the segment by highlighting the "new ABC poll that shows that [Romney] may have an insurmountable lead as the candidates pounce in a South Carolina showdown last night."
Over on CBS This Morning, Charlie Rose offered the same talking points, lecturing Newt Gingrich: "What has to happen if- to prevent Governor [Mitt] Romney from doing so well in South Carolina that he wraps it up?"
Rose followed up, "But if you don't do that and Romney wins, is it all over?"
Obviously, Romney is in a strong position to win the nomination. But when the ex-governor is more than 1000 delegates away from doing so, the comments on ABC and CBS sound like nothing more than an attempt to control the process.
A transcript of the January 17th segment can be found below: