Romney Says He'd Be Fine With Second Place

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Todd Splangler and Kathleen Gray Detroit Free Press

JOHNSTON, Iowa -- Mitt Romney's New Year's resolution seems to be: I won't exaggerate the likelihood of winning in Iowa or even of becoming president.

The Republican acknowledged Tuesday that he might have to be satisfied with second place in a state where he has spent enormous amounts of money, effort and time.

Speaking after a brief speech at a supporter's house in suburban Des Moines, Romney said new polls show him neck-and-neck with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in Thursday's Iowa caucus.

Romney -- who grew up in Bloomfield Hills and is the son of former Michigan Gov. George Romney -- said he is in Iowa to win, but conceded he might not.

"I'm not losing sleep, frankly," the former Massachusetts governor said. "This is the experience of a lifetime."