Nightly News | March 04, 2012
>>> for more on all this, we turn to nbc 's political and chief white house correspondent chuck todd . what message was the president sending in the remarks about iran in advance of the meeting with israel's benjamin netanyahu ?
>> two things. number one, making it clear, particularly to those on the domestic side here, politically, that containment was never an option, was never a strategy, meaning that somehow that some day the united states would be willing to deal with a nuclear iran , a la north korea . instead the message being we'll do what it takes to stop iran from getting a nuclear weapon . the second was reassurance to prime minister netanyahu that, look, eventually the u.s. will act militarily if necessary, but he was trying to buy time from netanyahu and we'll see, you know. he has his own domestic problems in israel. it is clear in polling there that before he did any military strike he would need united states support. what is interesting here, lester, both world leaders here have domestic political issues to deal with on this issue.
>> and on that note, let's look ahead to super tuesday. ohio in particular, a dead heat . but romney picked up some key conservative endorsements. what may tip the scale there and potentially tip the scale in the overall campaign?
>> it appears to be momentum. that's the thing. winning begets winning and clearly the michigan victory on tuesday gave romney some momentum. he's closing pretty well. look where he was today. he was in atlanta, georgia, knoxville, tennessee. mitt romney sees an opportunity not only to catch santorum . remember, santorum -- ohio is a must-win for santorum , not for romney . to catch him in ohio and then upset him in tennessee and, lester, it puts the entire race away.
>> chuck todd , our washington newsroom. chuck, thanks.
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