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Romney: Time to resolve GOP nomination ASAP

WASHINGTON -- At his speech before newspaper editors in DC today, Mitt Romney also made this not-so-subtle point: It's time for Republicans to wrap up the nomination process as soon as possible.

Asked during a question-and-answer session after his remarks whether he has spoken to Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich about exiting the GOP contest, Romney quipped, "No, I haven't. But now that you bring it up..."

As laughter subsided, he added that "people are free to make their own decision."

But he noted confidently, "I hope that we're able to resolve our nomination process as soon as possible." He added, "I'd like to focus our time and attention on those key battleground states and raising the funds to be somewhat competitive with the president and his billion-dollar quest."