Romney Surrogate on N.H. Primary: 'It’s Not Even About Picking Someone With Your Own Beliefs and Principles'

By Eric Scheiner | January 6, 2012 | 3:28pm EST

( - New Hampshire State Sen. Gary Lambert, speaking for the presidential campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Romney, told the Nashua New Hampshire Republican City Committee that this year's first-in-the-nation primary is not about liking a candidate, “It’s not even about picking someone with your own beliefs and principles. This is about picking a person that can beat Barack Obama, period.”

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“Rather than go on with the blah, blah, blah. I’d like to get right to the point. Which is--Look, we know how this movie is going to end. Mitt Romney is going to be the nominee,” Lambert said.

“This is not about picking your favorite, it’s not about picking someone you like. It’s not about picking someone even with your own beliefs and principles. This is about picking a person that can beat Barack Obama, period.”

Earlier Lambert said, “The way I look at it, the sooner we get it over with the better. We can save the money because in the end, guess who we’re after? We’re after Barack Obama.”

Lambert said he was asked to speak Thursday to the Nashua committee as a replacement for the GOP presidential candidate’s wife, Ann Romney.

“I understand that Ann Romney was supposed to speak to you and a I feel privileged to be able to speak to you - in the fact that she is not able to make it -and they asked me to come up here,” Lambert said as he took the podium.

Thursday’s gathering of the Nashua New Hampshire Republican City Committee was it’s last meeting before next Tuesday's primary.

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