Nightly News | February 26, 2012
>>> bring in our political director in chief white house correspondent chuck todd . what about this idea of someone else getting in late in the game, if romney loses michigan ?
>> well, we know there has been some chatter about it and some republican strategies have been looking at the different filing deadlines, what is realistic, this or that. it all does depend at this point on romney in michigan . if he loses michigan , that chatter will get very loud. you will hear public calls. you will hear public hand wringing. there is some united states senators in particular that have been talking about this without putting their name to it. they'll start putting their name to it. but it does -- at this point, you got to feel better today if you're mitt romney than last week, because it does feel he's got a little bit of momentum back, that he's probably inched ahead in michigan , and at this point barring a bunch of democrats coming over into this primary and that's very possible, michigan has a history of this, and putting santorum over the top , they feel a lot better today about sweeping michigan and arizona than they did two weeks ago.
>> let me take you back to our lead story, this anti-american violence in afghanistan, both romney and santorum say today the president shouldn't have apologized over the koran incident. you heard andrea say this could become a political issue. is this going to become the next political flashpoint in this election season?
>> what i found fascinating is you had the third candidate here, newt gingrich , the other day saying if they're going to target, if the afghans and afghan forces are going to target american soldiers or nato soldiers, then maybe it is time to get out completely. so in whether it becomes an issue, i think what you're going to see is a public flashpoint about whether we have got a -- to speed up the withdrawal process from afghanistan, lester?
>> chuck todd in our washington