January 13th, 2008
12:29 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney: Michigan 'not do or die'


Romney talks at a house party in Michigan Saturday. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) 

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Mitt Romney told CNN Sunday he will continue his presidential campaign through February even if he fails to score a much-needed win in Tuesday's Michigan primary.

"It's not do or die," Romney said on CNN's Late Edition of a Michigan win. "We are going all the way through February. But I can tell you, it is very important to me…I would like to see Michigan in the win column."

Romney placed second in Iowa and New Hampshire earlier this month, despite heavily outspending his opponents on television advertising there.

And according to a new analysis from TNS Media Intelligence/Campaign Media Analysis Group, CNN’s consultant on campaign ad spending, the former Massachusetts governor is also on track to dwarf his chief rivals on television advertising in Michigan.

He has spent more than $2 million on ads in that state, compared to John McCain's $360,000 and Mike Huckabee's $40,000.

Two new polls out of Michigan Sunday continue to show Romney and McCain are locked in a tight race for the top spot, while Huckabee is in a close third. A McClatchy/MSNBC poll puts Romney 8 points ahead of McCain, while a Detroit Free Press survey has Romney up by 5. Meanwhile, a Detroit News poll released Saturday showed McCain with a statistically-insignificant 1-point edge over Romney.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Michigan • Mitt Romney
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Big D

    A 60-vote filibuster proof majority for Democrats?

    The people who claim that “ITS NOT AMNESTY, THEY HAVE TO PAY A SMALL FINE”- McCain is the biggest threat against the Democrats are attempting to fool us. This guy would be a disaster as President. He is a well-known hot head in the senate. Absolutely the last person we want with his finger on the nuclear trigger. This very, very old man in reality would lose in possibly the largest landslide vote it history. He would probably even lose his home state of Arizona. McCain’s illegal alien amnesty bill has so infuriated Arizonans that they just enacted the harshest law is the country to get rid of his beloved illegals.

    The McCain/Kennedy amnesty bill had failed by only a few votes when it came up last year in the Senate. 7 Republicans joined 39 Democrats voting for it. Obama and Clinton both supported the amnesty bill. You know what will surely be one of the first bills to pass in 2009.

    A few weeks ago Mitt Romney was way ahead. That’s when the Democrats went into action, mobilizing the press against Romney. A Romney nomination would be a real challenge to the Democrats in the general election.

    Not only does he brings a blue state over to the Republicans next November, enacted a non-government paid universal health care plan that would neutralize that issue advantage for Democrats.

    The media is doing its best to downplay Mitt Romney’s chances. And they just may succeed. The New Hampshire winner and Republican pariah John McCain is all the buzz now. McCain has a previous win in Michigan and he is riding a wave of positive press coverage to a possible win just a few days from now. This will further damage Mitt Romney’s chances and may ensure the Democrats will face a much weaker opponent in the general election.

    Romney unites the fiscal, security, and yes, this Mormon family man will even unite the social conservatives in the general election. Either a Huckabee or McCain nomination would divide and depress the Republican turnout, boosting the Democrats to a big win. Maybe even an increase in the Senate to a 60 vote majority.

    Please think again if you are planning on voting for McCain or Huckabee.


    January 13, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Allan Jones

    Romney's right. Michigan is NOT do or die for him. I am sick and tired of the media trying to drive nail in this man's coffin. Let's face it, lots of people want Romney out of the race because he stands in the way of them accomplishing their agendas. The biggest culprit is the liberal mainstream media, but the democratic and republican presidential candidates are also eager to have him out.

    BUT THINGS ARE DIFFERENT THIS YEAR FOLKS. The dymanics of the race are such that Romney could go on to win the nomination even if he never wins first place in any further early primary states (he already won Wymoing in a landslide). This will be a race of attrition, and Romney is better positioned than any other candidate to win that type of race. Not to mention the fact that Romney is the de facto establishment candidate. The RNC nor their talking heads support McCain or Huckabee, and Giuliani is fading fast. They want Romney to win the nomination. Romney is a fighter and don't understimate him.


    January 13, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Jerry

    News flash......Money can't buy everything, but it can get you enough name recognition that you can run again. That's exactly what Romney is trying to do. He wants to compete with right-wing, baptist christian bible thumping, neo-cons in 2012. Huckabee, on the otherhand, is actually doing the same thing. Only Huckabee wants to position himself for the right-wing, baptist christian bible thumper vote in 2012, too. Should be interesting 5 years from now !!!!. As for the current election, the ONLY solution for America's present mess is a Democrat.

    ONLY A DEMOCRAT CAN COME IN NEXT YEAR AND REALLY HELP GET AMERICA BACK ON TRACK. UNTIL 2012, REPUBLICANS ARE WINDOW DRESSING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 13, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Paul Thompson

    I can't believe that anyone would ever vote for him.
    He made his millions closing and ripping off companies,
    now he's buying up media/radio stations.

    He had federal money from the Big Dig...and messed that up.
    Left Mass in a fiscal mess....what's he going to do? bankrupt America?

    January 13, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Steve in NH

    Vote for Mitt !!

    He is the true, and only, conservative candidate who can win. McCain and Huckabee are trying the label themselves as conservatives. Don't listen to them. Instead, just look at the record and research what they would do:

    Taxes: Huck increased taxes; McCain voted against the Bush tax cuts.
    Immigration: Huck won't secure the border and enforce our immigration laws; McCain-Kennedy (enough said).
    War on Terror: I don't trust Huck; McCain won't waterboard a terrorist to save a schoolhouse filled with our children

    Michigan voters - go see Mitt on the campaign trail or just visit his website. Don't trust all media accounts. He will provide the leadership we all need right now.

    Mitt Romney for President.

    January 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Jackson

    I hope Michigan will vote for someone who can actually get something done.

    Mitt Romney is the clear choice for me when it comes to actually doing things instead of talking about how important they are.

    January 13, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Cile

    I can't believe someone who has done so well in business is so totally clueless when it come to to politics. George Bush is a the last person anyone should defend because he is totaly without defense. Yet Romney continues to support someone the majority of the American people know is incompetent , arrogant and to the point of being criminal. Which brings us to what many of us would desire and demand- impeachment for both Bush and Dickie!!!!!

    January 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |


    January 13, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Tom Masters

    Oh this is a really good one, usually it's the media trying to brainwash the public.

    Here we have Romney trying to brainwash the media, scent of blood is in the air.

    Notice his verbiage indicated he is going through to Super Tuesday, not to the White House.

    Not that he would make it there, but how disconcerting this must be to his supporters.

    Mitt is a clear case of 'Promise much, Deliver little', the poeple in Michigan know this, and he will be damaged Tuesday when he fails to carry his 'home state'.

    January 13, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. Pam

    Mitt Romney is awsome. He really lives what he says. He is the kind of person that sets a perfect example as a family person, a business person, a politician, a religious person. None of the other candidates Democrat or Republican or anything else can hold a candle to him. He is head and shoulders above the rest.

    Why would we want the Clintons again. They set the worst example by their behaviour. Hillary was downright rude to the military when she was a President's Wife. Bill Clinton will just have more time to fool around with interns while his wife is working. They have moved from very poor to very rich through a lot of shady deals over the years.

    I cannot emphasize this enough.

    Huckabee is no good at all. He does not believe in Evolution, he let prisoners free that he had no business setting free.

    McCain is too militant.

    Oboma should not be called contantly a Black candidate. He is Black and White and should be portrayed that way by the media. He is young and impressive. He would be a better vice-President.

    January 13, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. Gobama

    The Clintons are about PERSONAL AMBITIONS. How do we know this?

    The self-destructive Clintons built up a huge White House legacy and then selfishly proceeded to destroy their own legacy and marriage, undermine the Presidency and encourage bungling bush to continue the destruction of the US Presidency.

    If the Clintons can't care about THEIR OWN White House legacy, how less will the Clintons care about America! A lot less!


    Obama 08

    January 13, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. No to Clinton

    Hang in there Mitt. You will have my vote if Clinton is it for the Democrats!

    January 13, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. Steve, Detroit, MI

    Michigan loves Mitt and the whole Romney family. Brilliant leaders and good, wholesome people. Go Mitt in '08!

    January 13, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. Mcain - WAR MONGER

    McCain is a great Rambo, lets call him if we need one.

    Romney brought the world together at the Olympics and he has made lots of American jobs with places like Staples he knows what it takes to make jobs and keep them in America.

    January 13, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. rachel lanore

    I was just listening to the liberal press today... oh give me a break, the press is totally biased and only giving news coverage to help the democratic cause... the
    press manipulates the public by supporting one Republican Candidate and then the next... the press is helping to confuse the Republican Voters...
    this morning I was watching Chris M. One of the comentators blurts out everyone hates Romney, even the other candidates hate Romney....

    If Romney is so hated, why is he in current first place among delegates votes.... if he is so hated why did almost 50,000 people come out to vote for him in N.H.... just because he didn't take first... he is not hated...

    Be careful people when reading and watching the news...

    I can predict one thing that is for sure... if McCain gets the Republican Nomination the liberal media is going to be relentless in bringing up, The Keating Five Scandal, Cindy McCain getting off the hook for her drug stealing from her own charity... and drug addiction... plus McCain's value system will come under fire for leaving his car accident injuried first wife for Cindy....

    the press will be merciless......

    Look at the Skeleton's in the candidates closets.....

    Adultry, drug abuse, son's that torture dogs., and Dad's that use their position to get sons off the hook...Dishonesty in money matters and pay offs...... decide now what you want the opposition and the liberal press to focus on in the General Election...

    Go Mitt, you have no skeletons...

    January 13, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |

    Romney is all about JOBS JOBS JOBS.

    He's got my vote I love it when he said that.

    January 13, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Ticker Shock, Richmond, VA

    I think it is shameful that campaigning began so far ahead of elections. I am afraid that things will continue to get uglier and uglier for all involved. I'm tired, really tired, of listening to all of both parties. They are all, at this point, disgraceful, in my opinion.

    January 13, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    So far as I can tell, Mitt would win the "Most Like George Bush" contest–and that's not a prize to be coveted. The sooner he drops out the better.

    January 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. Charles in Salt Lake City, UT

    Once again, a case of flipping before the flop.

    Folks, if you think Republicans have been unkind to poor Mr. Mitt, just wait and see how the Democrats would chew him up if he becomes the nominee. This man is a walking, ticking liability bomb just waiting to go off, and no one understands that better than Romney himself.

    Does anyone think for one minute that it is possible for any Republican to be elected without being able to attract crossover votes? Of course not. And does anyone imagine that Mitt Romney would be able to draw any of those needed votes from Black Democrats, knowing of the Mormon Church's long practice of racism? The fact that they finally got around to "fixing" the problem 30 years ago (as far as African Americans are concerned, the LDS Book of Mormon still teaches that Native Americans - i.e., Indians and Latinos - have dark skin due to a curse from God) will not carry much weight, since most Black voters realize that putting a Mormon in the White House as America's symbol would be tantamount to casting approval upon 140 years of discrimination practiced in the name of God.

    He is thoroughly unelectable in a national contest.

    January 13, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. Garry

    As we all know the Nations economy is a big concern. It would be nice to actually have a proven successful businessman, with integrity at the head of the country. Those who haven't ever owned or run a big company may not think it matters or has anything to do with it but I can assure you it does.

    January 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. T&T

    we still plan to vote for Governor Mitt Romney and heard he did really well in Mitchigan today which his own home town is Mitchigan his parents grew up in Mitchigan
    and I am watching his campaign in Mitchigan now we think he got up ahead of Mccain in the polls

    January 13, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    Keep going Mitt, let everyone across this country hear your message and see your plans. You are clear as a bell to those who aren't so shallow to have their ears plugged and their minds closed.

    I didn't know of you until you came to Iowa. I listened to several candidates including you. I fully believe that you, Mitt have the whole package; High Intelligence, Integrity, incredibly impressive real world and political experience ( Bi-partisan), an ability to speak with conviction and leadership, a firm belief in just punishment, an mature attitude and respect for the Presidential role, respect for all people (even when they personally poke at you), a solid family and an ability to make sense and order out of it all.

    It also helps that you're NOT 72 yrs old, as McCain is, and NOT a comedian-wannabe hypocrite as Huckabee is. You have my support, keep going, the USA needs you to lead us back to being United and Strong.

    January 13, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. Dixon, Des Moines Iowa

    If any candidate is serious about being our President s/he should never drop out because of a couple states. If there is a time to drop out it would be after Super Tuesday. We here in Iowa made our choices very clear and we all hope our choices will finish as President. However, the people I know do not believe we have a corner on the market. It is a chance for us to be heard; since the regular election is a time we are of little consequence in the bigger picture. The candidates will be in Florida, California and other big states at the end.

    January 13, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. Patty D.

    The fact that McCain is giving Romney a literal run for his money speaks volumes. The fact is, Romney is buying the presidency. By putting millions of his own money he was supposed to have the advantage. I think voters will prove otherwise.

    January 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  25. Mario

    Mitt is the right person for this country, he will do what no lib like Hitlery will do, bring this country together, not raise taxes like Hitlery wants to and kill any chance to see this country do better in the economy.

    Mitt is better for the job than insane McCain and Hillbilly Gomer Pyle lookalike Hickupbee, he has a better record than those two good for nothings.

    Go Mitt!

    January 13, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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