Romney Hoping for 'Very Strong Support From Conservatives Across the Country'

By Susan Jones | January 4, 2012 | 8:57 AM EST

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney addresses supports with his wife Ann and their sons Matt, Josh, Craig and Tagg behind him during a Romney for President Iowa Caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

( - Admitting that the Iowa caucus results were a "virtual tie," first-place finisher Mitt Romney nevertheless pronounced himself very pleased with the result: 30,015 votes for him, only 8 more than the 30,007 for Rick Santorum.

In a Wednesday morning interview with Fox & Friends, Romney also made an appeal to conservative Republicans:

"I do want people to recall that four years ago, Mike Huckabee and I were the conservative alternatives to John McCain, Rudy Giuliani. I've still got the same positions on the issues I had four years ago. My record as governor and my positions are pretty darned conservative, and so I'm hoping to get very strong support from conservatives across the country."

Romney's rival Newt Gingrich, who describes himself as a Reagan conservative, has dismissed Romney as a "Massachusetts moderate," but Romney shrugged off the criticism as coming from a Washington insider:

"I think to fix Washington it's going to take someone to come in from outside of Washington. And we've got a lot of politicians who'd like to have the job of leading the country. I think it's time to have somebody who spent their life in the private sector leading Washington and getting America back on track."

Romney told “Fox & Friends” he's pleased that President Obama is so worried about having "good Republicans" on his heels.

"I think he's in trouble," Romney said. "Look, his jobs record is abysmal. He has also failed to put in place crippling sanctions against Iran. They're pursing their nuclear plans headlong. And of course he's racked up trillions -- trillions -- of additional dollars in deficit. This is a record that's awful, and they're going to do everything in their power to try to attack who they think the Republican nominee might be. So get ready for a blistering attack. I'm going to go after his record. He'll probably try and go after me personally, and I don't think it will be successful for him."

Romney, asked about reports that Sen. John McCain will endorse him on Wednesday, noted that McCain is "beloved in many parts of the country, particularly New Hampshire," where Romney has spent a lot of time campaigning.

"If in fact he makes an announcement today, that would be big for me in a state that he knows very, very well."

McCain won the New Hampshire primary four years ago, winning more votes there than Romney did. But McCain later lost the election to Barack Obama.

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