Blunt says to keep an eye on Virginia

June 25, 2012

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, a Republican who is Mitt Romney’s point person in Congress, doesn’t think Ohio or Florida will be the main states to watch on election night. He will have his eyes on Virginia.

In an interview at the annual Reuters Washington Summit, Blunt was asked which state was the one to monitor in the run-up to the Nov. 6 election between President Barack Obama and Romney.

“Virginia,” he said. “If I was watching one state on election night, it would be a state I’d [watch].”

“I don’t think Romney has to carry Virginia, but if he carries Virginia he’s the president,” Blunt predicted.

Blunt said he thought Romney would beat Obama in Florida and Ohio – two swing states where Republicans and Democrats are campaigning heavily.

Then Blunt, who was careful to say at the beginning of the interview that he did not speak on behalf of the Romney campaign, waffled a bit so he didn’t sound too optimistic.

“I’m probably too close to that campaign to be much on the record on that topic,” he said. “I’ve probably already made a mistake here…They all three are critical.”

Photo credit: Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) answers reporters’ questions during the Reuters Washington Summit in Washington, June 25, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Erns

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