Nightly News | November 27, 2011
LESTER HOLT, anchor: And for more on where this race stands and where it's going, we turn to our chief White House correspondent and political director Chuck Todd . Chuck , Mitt Romney has watched challengers rise and fall over the last few months, all the while keeping potential questioners, i.e. the press, at arm's length.
CHUCK TODD reporting: Right.
HOLT: Any reason that may change?
TODD: Well, I don't know if it's going to change, Lester . You know, this is a strategy Rudy Giuliani tried to use four years ago. Remember he was the national front-runner. Then finally as his support started eroding in Iowa and New Hampshire , he decided to do national interviews and they turned into a disaster. It sort of piled on. And Mitt Romney doesn't want to allow the media to do what opponents could do, which is to take his various stances on various issues and use that against him showing them, well you said this in one year, you said this, now, which side of a specific issue are you on, whether it's immigration, abortion, etc. So he wants to avoid that. One thing he has going for him, while Newt Gingrich is rising in the polls, Lester , right now Newt does not have any money. He hasn't run a single paid television ad, direct mail piece, anything in the state of Iowa and that's where he's got to get things started. And that's where all of the negative ads could come against Romney . And right now Newt doesn't have the money.
HOLT: All right, Chuck Todd in our Washington newsroom. Chuck , thanks.