New Hampshire Republican Mitt Romney, a businessman-turned-politician, will take more direct control of his presidential campaign message after failing to win either the Iowa caucuses or the New Hampshire primary, a top adviser said Tuesday.
Romney himself pledged a long fight for the GOP nomination. He held out his second-place finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, with a victory in Wyoming wedged between, as testimony to his 50-state strategy.
"There have been three races so far. I've gotten two silvers and one gold - thank-you Wyoming," Romney said in a spartan seven-minute address conceding the race.
"On to Michigan and South Carolina and Florida and Nevada," Romney said. "I'll fight to be back here in November in those states and others."
A Romney intimate, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid pre-empting the candidate, said the campaign was "going to take the shackles off, have him be less measured."