Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 04/09/2012

Romney says he speaks more often with Gingrich than with Santorum

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) said Monday that he speaks more frequently with former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) than he does with Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who is Romney’s closest competitor in the GOP delegate race.


Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R). (Charles Dharapak — Associated Press)

“We haven’t had as much interaction, although at each contest’s conclusion we speak with each other,” Romney said of Santorum, according to CNN. “I call him, he calls me, we exchange congratulations. And we’ve had a chance to chat from time to time, and we continue to have a personal respect for one another.”

By contrast, Romney said that he and Gingrich “have spoken from time to time, and actually we have also gotten together with our wives and spoken.”

“We’re pretty open-eyed about this, as we talk about where we are at this stage,” Romney said, according to the CNN report. “In all likelihood I will be the one that gets the delegates to become the nominee.”

The comments by Romney came on the debut episode of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee’s (R) new radio show. Romney, who competed against Huckabee for the 2008 GOP presidential nod, was a guest on the inaugural episode of the show. The program airs weekdays at noon — the same time slot as Rush Limbaugh’s radio show.

Romney’s remarks to Huckabee also come one day after Gingrich told host Brit Hume on “Fox News Sunday” that he believes the former Massachusetts governor “most likely” will be the GOP nominee.

“I think you have to be realistic, given the size of his organization, given the number of primaries he’s won,” Gingrich said Sunday. “He is far and away, the most likely Republican nominee. And if he does get to 1,144 delegates, I’ll support him. I’ll do everything I can this fall to help him defeat Obama.”

The campaigns of both Gingrich and Santorum have lost steam in the wake of Romney’s wins last week in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia. The upcoming April 24 primaries in the northeast also bode well for Romney, although Santorum is seeking to make a strong showing in his home state of Pennsylvania.

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