He’s in denial, the conservative base will be sitting this one out if Romney is the nominee.

(The Hill) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) sees his chances of beating President Obama as “better than 50-50.”

The Republican presidential candidate said Tuesday that his chances of beating Obama are “very good,” something he attributes to the economy.

“I probably do give myself better than 50-50 odds, but it’s up to the American people. And I’ll tell them what I believe, and if that works, great,” he said on NBC’s “Today” show.

“There’s no sure thing in politics, but this is a time when the American people are really concerned about the scale of government — they want to cut it back — and they’re concerned about the economy, long-term and short-term. And that’s in my wheelhouse,” he explained.

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