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And happening now Mitt Romney in full general election mode the presumptive Republican nominee set to speak in Arizona to a gathering of state GOP chairs.
An event that gives the governor a chance to thank those who have been with him since the beginning of his campaign.
And it also helps him to solidify his support among the party faithful as the Romney camp gears up for the general election.
I gears up for November to be sure.
But presumptive or not mr.
Romney still needs some 450.
-- delegates to reach the 1000.
Delegates needed to cinch the nomination.
With his main challenger Rick Santorum out it is just a question of when -- Romney reaches that magic number chief political correspondent -- -- back on the road live.
From Scottsdale Arizona with more fresh today it's a Carl -- a little bit about this events.
Was very big deal symbolically.
Romney -- the all but.
Certain presidential nominee today what an opportunity to talk to some of the most influential and powerful Republicans in all fifty states.
The state chairman have their fingers on the levers.
And the buttons of the GOP organization and every single state Romney needs them to get behind him.
And there's tremendous enthusiasm for and here they are very very eager.
To get the general election race against President Obama under -- and today there will be something of a symbolic handoff John McCain -- endorsed Romney.
Will today sort of hand the reins over to him having been the 08 Republican presidential nominee.
This is an opportunity for him to do -- Romney in front of the RNC state chairman today yesterday was in Ohio the quintessential battleground Bellwether in this battle.
And Romney as he has been consistently since Rick Santorum dropped out of the race focused all of his artillery at Barack Obama with an economic -- -- If you want to know where his vision leave -- open your eyes.
Because we've been living it for the last three years.
It leads to lost jobs lost homes.
Is -- and that vision and I have a vision of growth and jobs and economic vitality.
And so here we are -- Scottsdale Arizona Arizona of course the hometown -- home state.
John McCain the 2008 nominee so Biden introducing Romney today notwithstanding his pre existing endorsement it's meant to be a signal that now.
Though he has not -- the 11144 delegates necessary to be the official nominee and that won't happen until ultimately -- -- the convention in Tampa.
Later this summer.
Romney today will tell that grass roots the organizers who run the GOP at the state level that it's time for them to listen to John McCain.
And assume that he is now a titular head of the Republican Party and its standard bearer for -- twelve.
Carl thank you very much Scott chairman live tracks from Arizona today.
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