RUSH: Yesterday on the David Gregory podcast website… The David Gregory podcast website? Is this the guy that used to run Meet the Press? He’s got a podcast? I’ve seen him on CNN doing commentary. (interruption) And we found it? Well, I don’t know. Anyway, Mitt Romney was there on the David Gregory podcast website (that’s what I want to do when I grow up), and Gregory said to Romney, “Do you think that Republicans are headed to an open convention?” That’s an incisive question. I’m happy to be able to provide that for you. Here’s Romney’s answer…
ROMNEY: I think that depends on whether or not Mr. Cruz and Mr. Kasich both stay in the race aggressively through California. I think. I think Cruz and Kasich divide the vote, if you will, and that would make it easier for Mr. Trump to win the winner-take-all congressional districts and the winner-take-all states and get the delegates he needs either to reach the 1,237 — or to get close enough to it that he could persuade the uncommitted delegates that he’d need to get the victory on the first ballot. If it remains three candidates, I think Mr. Trump gets it on the first ballot.
RUSH: “If it remains three,” meaning Kasich stays in. Of course, there’s no question Cruz is staying in. What is this, Kasich or Cruz? Unless they drop out or what? So let’s run through this. He says if Cruz — I’m sorry, Mr. Cruz and Mr. “Kasich divide the vote, if you will, and that would make it easier for Mr. Trump to win the winner-take-all congressional districts and the winner-take-all states and get the delegates he needs either to reach the 1,237 — or to get close enough to it that he could persuade the uncommitted delegates that he’d need to get the victory on the first ballot.”
Now, what do you think Kasich would say if somebody said, “Did you hear what…?” I’m sure this has happened. “Did you hear what Mitt Romney said? Mitt Romney said you staying in guarantees Trump wins!” Kasich would say, “No, no, no! I’m the nominee. I’m gonna the nominee. You watch.” People look at themselves and ask if there are any men in white coats nearby. Anyway, David Gregory had another question. He said, “Everybody keeps focusing on 1,237 as the magic number. But if Trump gets close — and he has the ability to work it a little bit, get some unbound delegates to go his way — then what?”
ROMNEY: That’s the nature of the process, and my guess is some delegates might like to fly around on Air Trump or perhaps get a membership to Mar-a-Lago. I think there’s a lot of ways to be persuasive on the part of the people who are close. There will be quite a few uncommitted delegates that go to Cleveland, and being able to pick off 50 or a hundred of them is probably not beyond the possibility of a strong campaign.
RUSH: Sounds like Mitt’s kind of accepting the obvious and sounds kind of like it’s gonna happen. Who was it, Rex Ryan? I just saw him, I guess, introduce Trump in upstate New York near Buffalo. (interruption) The Bills, yeah. But he did it. He said he was not acting as part of the Buffalo Bills. He was just an independent guy up there. But he introduced Trump at a campaign rally.