Speaking with George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America Tuesday, ABC News senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper downplayed the idea of new Republican candidates getting into the presidential race. “Jon Karl got news from Republican Senators saying that if Mitt Romney loses in Michigan next Tuesday, he’s going to be calling for other candidates to get into the race. But most Republican voters, according to a new Gallup poll, don’t want that. this is still fanciful talk, isn’t it? “I think this is what Republicans believe in — Beltway Republicans believe in other than Santa Claus,” Tapper snarked.
“This is not a serious issue having a brokered convention where some kind of savior candidate comes in,” he added. “The nominee is in the race right now. It’s a question of sorting out who that will be, probably still Mitt Romney.
Karl reported on Friday that a prominent Republican senator called upon new candidates if Romney lost Michigan. “If Romney cannot win Michigan, we need a new candidate…We’d get killed…He’d be too damaged. If he can’t even win in Michigan, where his family is from, where he grew up.”
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