Nightly News | February 28, 2012
>>> and in washington as well, we're joined by members of our team, our political director, chief white house correspondent chuck todd along with andrea mitchell in new york, down with washington. we have moderator "of "meet the press" david gregory . in politics they say a win is a win and walk away. what if it isn't a win tonight for mitt romney ?
>> well look, then it is -- there's no overstating the importance of this. it throws the entire nomination proce pr pro- wide open . you will have republican donors calling for a couple of things. number one, immediate changes in staffing, strategy, infrastructure, all those things. and the second would be possibly start making phone calls to other republicans. again, there would be a full-on panic because you could see santorum , a win tonight in michigan and he could just ride momentum and sweep super tuesday and suddenly romney would be behind.
>> and david, the other part, the other side of that question is what would a victory do for rick santorum ?
>> well, a victory or even a close, a narrow defeat, his team is already preparing for that, to make the argument that they do have some momentum on their side here, that they were able to force a close contest in michigan. they can ride the wave of strong support among ultraconservatives, make the moral case, go into super tuesday in the southern contests. and stay with the rust belt theme, a pitch to working class voters in ohio where santorum wants to make a big stand. the biggest point, though, brian, is this is going to be a fragile front-runner still in mitt romney . either way , this is not going to slam the door shut, no matter how tonight goes.
>> and an sdree yeah, i heard one official say we've got 14,000 folks who are going to come to the polls today and vote for santorum . not because they want him to be president. they want to make trouble for the gop.
>> there's some indication some liberal democrats may have voted for santorum , but it's hard to persuade feel, liberals, to go all the way to the right. it's easier as they did, voting for john mccain who they fell was more moderate for george w. bush to vote for him to try to cause trouble. so it remains to be seen whether enough democrats really crossed over to operation chaos , make trouble for mitt romney and the republicans.
>> whatever happens tonight, it will have us talking all the way through tomorrow. thanks to all the members of our