Romney sweeps three States; sets sights on Obama

Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney made a clean sweep as he comfortably won the primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington DC.

Updated: Apr 04, 2012, 11:19 AM IST

Washington: Republican presidential
frontrunner Mitt Romney made a clean sweep today as he
comfortably won the primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and
Washington DC, tightening his grip on the party`s nomination.

Romney`s win in all the three Republican primaries put
him past the half way mark to the 1,144 delegates needed to
clinch the party`s nomination to challenge incumbent Barack
Obama during the November presidential elections.

"Thank you, Wisconsin! And Maryland! And Washington, DC!
We have won a great victory tonight in our campaign to restore
the promise of America," 65-year-old Romney said in his
victory speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Rick Santorum, the former Senator from Pennsylvania, who
lost all the three primaries now is pinning all his hopes on
the primary in Pennsylvania which is scheduled for April 24.

"I ask you over the next three weeks, this isn`t
halftime, no marching bands. We`re hitting the field. The
clock starts tonight. We`ve got three weeks to go out here in
Pennsylvania and win this state and after winning this state,
the field looks a little different in May," Santorum said in
his speech in Pennsylvania.

In his speech in Milwaukee, Romney continued with his
attack on the Obama Administration.

"We all know that President Obama cannot run on his
record. We know that he can`t run on his broken promises," the
former Massachusetts governor said.

"I seem to remember him saying that he was going to be a
uniter, not a divider. Frankly I think this is one of the
worst of his broken promises. We don`t need a campaigner in
chief. We need a commander in chief. We need a leader that
America deserves," Romney said.

"The presidency is bigger than this. He was supposed to
be bigger than this. We need solutions, not excuses. We need a
president who takes the lead, not one who spreads the blame.
We need someone who appeals to our dreams and our aspirations,
not to our fears and our anxieties," Romney said.

"We as Americans deserve to choose what kind of country
we want and what kind of people we want to be. And the good
news is, it`s not too late to get America back on track. It`s
not too late to put our country back onto a path of
prosperity," he said.

If elected in November, Romney vowed to spend the next
four years rebuilding the foundation of a opportunity society
led by free people and free enterprises.

"In Obama`s government-centered society, the government
has to do more because the economy is doomed to do less,
because when you attack business and you vilify success, you
are going to have less business and less success," he said.

"In Obama`s government-centered society, government
spending always increases because, well, why not? There`s
always someone who`s entitled to something more and who`s
willing to vote for anyone who will give them something more,"
Romney said.

"I don`t want to transform America. I want to restore to
America the economic values of freedom and opportunity and
limited government that has made us the powerhouse of the
world," Romney said.

Following the three victories, American media was quick
to pronounce that Romney has cemented his status as the almost
certain Republican nominee and put new pressure on rival
Santorum to significantly scale back his campaign.