Mitt Romney's sweep of primaries Tuesday is boosting his delegate count, but not enough to cross the threshold to becoming the Republican presidential nominee. That means New York's GOP Primary in three weeks will be more important than it's been in years. YNN's Josh Robin has the latest from the campaign trail.
UNITED STATES -- A day after President Obama spoke to the group, Mitt Romney took his turn before a national meeting of news editors, countering attacks made Tuesday by his possible rival.
"This is not the time for President Obama's hide-and-seek campaign. President Obama has said he wants to transform America. I don't want to transform America. I want to restore to America the values of economic freedom and opportunity and small government that have made this nation the leader it is," Romney said.
And leading the Republican field is where Romney finds himself. Not enough to claim that he's the nominee, but past the halfway point.
It could essentially be over in less than three weeks when Pennsylvania votes in what the state's former senator Rick Santorum calls do-or-die.
Santorum said, "We have to win here and we plan on winning here. You know, as I said last night, the people in Pennsylvania know me. All of the negative attacks are, I think, gonna fall on a lot of deaf ears here and we got a strong base of support here."
But Santorum's once formidable lead there is now single digits. And there are four other states voting April 24, including New York State, which has the biggest delegate haul and where Romney is favored to win handily.
"New York is decisive because of its timing."
Ed Cox is New York's Republican chairman. Officially neutral, he thinks a big Romney win here could end the nomination battle.
Cox said, “Especially if Romney were to win in Central and Western New York and to win fairly handily there among those conservative areas, that would be very, very decisive."
While Republicans are still voting, President Obama isn't waiting. Believing he'll face Romney in the general election, the Democrat is trying to define him early as beholden to the rich.
Regardless of the delegate count, it's the kind of argument that will likely become increasingly louder in the coming weeks.