February 4th, 2008
07:09 AM ET
12 years ago

Romney predicts conservatives will stop McCain

 Romney appeared on CNN's Late Edition Sunday.

Romney appeared on CNN's Late Edition Sunday.

(CNN) - Mitt Romney predicted Sunday his party's conservative base will rally behind him on Super Tuesday in order to prevent John McCain from winning the Republican nomination.

"What I have to do is continue to see what's been happening the last few days, specifically that is conservatives across the country are saying, 'whoa, we have to get behind Mitt Romney,'" he said on CNN's Late Edition.

"You've got people like Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham and the list goes on and on and on - Hugh Hewitt, Lars Larson - conservative voices, both from radio and from publications, are saying, 'you know what, we've got to get behind Mitt Romney,'" he continued. "We really can't afford John McCain as the nominee of our party."

Following McCain's victory in Florida Tuesday, some prominent conservatives have expressed dismay with the prospect of the Arizona senator capturing the Republican nomination. On Wednesday, talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh said McCain's rise was the product of a 'fractured' conservative base and an "uninspiring" GOP presidential field.

"He is not the choice of conservatives, as opposed to the choice of the Republican establishment — and that distinction is key," Limbaugh said. "The Republican establishment, which has long sought to rid the party of conservative influence since Reagan, is feeling a victory today as well as our friends in the media."

Meanwhile, conservative commentator Ann Coulter said Thursday she would support Hillary Clinton over McCain.

"If you are looking at substance rather than if there is an R or a D after his name, manifestly, if he's our candidate, than Hillary is going to be our girl, because she's more conservative than he is," Coulter said. "I think she would be stronger on the war on terrorism."

But McCain also picked up support from some key conservatives this week, such as former Solicitor General Ted Olson and Georgia Sens. Johnny Isaacson and Saxby Chambliss, and on CBS Face the Nation Sunday the Arizona senator said, "I have a strong conservative record that I'm proud to run on."

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Filed under: John McCain • Mitt Romney
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Patty Atlanta GA

    This man has flipped his lid. I am very conservative and would never vote for him over a real Christian in a million years and neither will anyone in my Church! Smug and arrogant Mr. Romney thats you all over. You disgust me!

    February 4, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Steve

    Chris your're mistaken. Even if Romney spends millions on ads his opponets really use personal attacks. A new Zogby poll shows Romney 40 and McCain 32. The Rasmaussen is tied. Guess Florida didn't help his mo much.

    MB: Your candidate is now saying he voted for the Bush tax cuts twice; what he forgets to mention is that he voted against them.

    February 4, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. cathie

    Mitt Romney will get my vote for sure. I will vote democrat if McCain is the nominee, he scares me!!!! And talk about flip flop, now McCain wants to make the tax cuts permanent , he won't answer the question, if the immigration bill you put forward came to your desk as president would you support it. He just says it won't come to my desk, well that wasn't the question.. Yes, and where is the media, stating that Romney kicked McCains butt in Maine, no where!!! I have to say, when I see McCain on TV he makes me sick to my stomach, he is not honest, he will say anything to get elected. Vote for Romney.....

    February 4, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Michelle

    What can you say? Mitt is pretty! Mitt is wealthy! Mitt is flexible and adaptable! Mitt is smart???? NOT! Mitt is presidential???? Heck NO!... but he is pretty!

    February 4, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. Matt - Reading, PA

    Chris

    Romney was a nobody before he got into this race. He had to spend the kind of money he has spent in order to get recognized.. Having won 4 states and in second place by five delegates for the Republican nomination for President, I'd say its been a fairly good investment thus far.. well see though in the end..

    February 4, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Steve Blaine Washington

    When you think about how you are going to vote for President think about who you would want to have their finger on the nuclear trigger.
    At least under Bush the nuclear nations have relaxed their fingers and the planes are not on alerts back and forth to Russia's frontiers and there is not any immediate threat of lauching ICBMs.
    McCain is well known for his temperment. Do you want him with his finger on the nuclear trigger. How are other nations that have ICBMs going to react to having
    a man well known for his temper with his finger on the nuclear trigger especially Russia and China? You can be sure that they will up theire readiness for lauching
    nuclear missles in case Mccain blops his cork.

    February 4, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Matt

    GO MITT!!

    February 4, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. GubTub

    You've got people like Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham and the list goes on and on and on" Since my company "Bain Capitol is buying Clear Channel Communications, all those talk radio folks know that I have the power to deny access to them from the largest radio network in the United States."

    February 4, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. Utah Mormon

    Mitt a conservative!?!
    He was (and I bet still is) pro abortion
    He was (and I bet still is) pro gay marriage
    We raised taxes (fees)
    He flip flops based on the polls and his electorate
    If he had gray hair i'd think he was Kerry's clone come back to try to win the presidency on the GOP side.

    February 4, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. David, Gilbert Arizona

    The unfortunate truth about Mitt is that he became a conservative when he decided to run for President. His past history is a very stark contrast to the conservative he advertises today.

    As a whole, the American voter has become very opposed to the ultra conservative point of view. We have to remember, it was the ultra conservatives that gave us George Bush originally. Campaigning as an ultra conservative may be the exact reason Romney loses the nomination, if that is actually the case. Voters in general have become more moderate.

    February 4, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    Utah Mormon

    If Mitt would have had the integrity to hold those views such as pro choice and pro gay marriage, and became a Democrat, he would have had a greater chance of winning the presidency. But the guy is a fake.

    Those views are actually good, not bad, or at least that is what the MAJORITY of Americans think.

    February 4, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. anyone but huckabee

    California and other western states will vote for Romney. We know how important it is to secure the borders, fix the economy, and reign in the OUT OF CONTROL ENTITLEMENT SPENDING. Go Romney!!

    February 4, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. Leila

    This scramble for who is the "most conservative" is moot, because the majority of America is sick of the conservatives (as David from Arizona points out) and sick of the crap that conservatives have been feeding us for the past eight years. Did anyone see the budget Bush released today? McCain will continue to bury us in debt by perpetuating the war without end and Romney doesn't know what he wants to do.

    I'm curious to see how conservatives change their tune toward McCain when they're facing a choice between him and Obama/Clinton. If they don't think he's conservative enough, get used to it. I can't wait to see them cry when we finally have a Democratic administration again.

    February 4, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. JW

    Time to set the record straight ,Mitt ROMNEY left Bain Capital in 1999 . do your research

    February 4, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Jen

    You guys are still getting it all wrong. Mitt Romney did NOT "become" conservative to run for president. He personally has always been conservative. He upheld the current liberal aws in MA– like he promised the constituants he would. His record as governor shows he voted conservatively while in office w/authority to affect law–NOT when he decided to run.

    McCain was going to switch parties in order to increase his chances of running for president– that's a much more EXTREME Flip than anything Romney has ever done. McCain's accomplishments as a senator are all liberal and he has been there, part of the establishment, part of the problem.

    I don't know how mb and others can say McCain is honest and has honor after the shotty stunt he pulled in the final hours in FL against Romney. He couldn't just win it honestly– he LIED and EVERYONE knows it– in order to get votes and it's disgusting that so many republicans would overlook this and previous scandal to elect him as the nominee.

    [Conservatives– get behind ROMNEY tomorrow. He is the most "new" candidate, offers the most breadth of knowledge to revamp the economy, immigration, social security. He has NO history of scandal and ethics violations like McCain and Huckabee– and the press has been at it for a year now to expose something to bring him down!

    If you do NOT vote for Romney for some irrelevant, superficial reason or based on his religion, you are either ignorant or a bigot and we will have missed the best opportunity for a great leader in this country! Think long and hard and be honest with yourself before you go to the polls!

    February 4, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. David....Nevada

    No drivers license for illegals,, shut the freakin boder down now.....Too many run back to mexico after they've done their dirty deeds... Look at how they control the Guetamala boder...and their central and southern neighbors. talk about double standard... La Raza can kiss my a..

    February 4, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. Tom Wittmann

    If conservatives are able o willing to stop McCain, they would hand the presidency to the Dems.

    Fortunately, they will not be able or willing to do that.

    This said, the candidate I like most is Huckabee, except the fact that he possibly will have dificulties to separate Religion from Politics. Otherwise, he would be
    a perfect complement for McCAIN, as he has hands-on experience in civil governing.

    I am sure that Romney would be a far third behing Huckabee if the latter had the
    money available as Romney !

    As to that a candidate must have experience in private business, this is not so.
    Sometimes, this could be even negative, as politics is not about making money, but only to invest it wisely considering not only the profit !

    Margaret Thatcher, in the UKm Konrad Adenauer in Germany, Romald Reagan in the US did great for their countries, by selecting and heraing good ministers and economic advisers. Of course, this do not mean the president must be ignorant in economics, neither McCain is so.

    Tom

    February 4, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. Steph

    YOU GUYS ARE JUST SO DILUSSIONAL; I DON'T EVEN WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU ANYMORE.

    I DON'T SEE HOW ANYONE CAN BE MORE CONSERVATIVE THAN HUCKABEE, BUT WHATEVER. OR ARE YOU JUST LOOKING FOR A CANDIDATE TO BEAT HILL? IT SEEMS TO ME THAT'S WHY A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE VOTING FOR MCCAIN – GOD BLESS HIM.

    YOU CAN TELL ROMNEY IS A PHONY AND A FAKE JUST BY LOOKING AT HIM, BUT IF THAT'S THE KIND OF PERSON YOU ALL WANT TO SUPPORT, THAT'S YOUR OWN BUSINESS. PLEASE DON'T TRY TO MAKE IT MINE.

    I'M VOTING FOR MIKE HUCKABEE BECAUSE THAT'S WHO I TRULY WANT TO RUN MY NATION AND AS A U.S. CITIZEN, THAT'S WHAT I FEEL OBLIGATED TO DO – NOT TO USE MY VOTE TO MANIPULATE THE SYSTEM BY VOTING AGAINST SOMEONE.

    HUCKABEE '08

    February 4, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  19. Lev Klinemann, CA

    Ok,
    all Ron Paul supporters go away,
    are we past that crap "Ron Paul Revolution"
    the man is a freak, yes he's right on the war,
    but the man would ruin the economy of this country completely.
    His ideas only work in communities where you have less than 100 people, yes only 100. It may look like it makes sense but in a real world, the biggest economy in the world, 300+ million citizens, Ron Paul libretarian ideas JUST DONT WORK.

    February 4, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  20. NC Mom

    Utah Mormon:

    Mitt has always been for traditional marriage and has supported gays so that they have civil rights as to life, liberty, and happiness. He has never supported gay marriage. As for abortion, he became pro-life years ago. Not in an attempt to run for the presidency. Get your facts straight!

    Mitt in '08

    February 4, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  21. W.S.S. Nampa Idaho

    It would be easier for Mitt to run as a liberal or a moderate than a conservative if he wanted to get elected. So why would he fake being a conservative?

    February 4, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  22. KD

    Nobody's perfect, but in light of the candidates for the GOP; I'm going with Romney. He has no record of scandals like McCain does with the K5, and he has been married to his wonderful wife for years and has 5 great children. One must step back and look at the life a man's lived to know if he can truly be trusted. McCain left his first wife for a woman 18 years his junior. He says one thing but then denies he ever said it. I encourage EVERYONE to reall LOOK past the media and study the candidates out thoughtfully...you may be surprised with what you learn.
    Romney 08

    February 4, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  23. Rose

    It's too bad Romney had to go negative his entire campaign. I thought in the beginning, he had a real shot. Now, he spends so much money on TV ads and he can't make up his mind who he wants to attack next. His new target regretfully is Hillary Clinton. I think he's out. Just my opinion.

    February 4, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  24. mr.fair tax

    SO LEV, YOU THINK HILLARY AND OBAMA ARE BETTER?
    I PRAY EVERYDAY FOR A REAL LEADER OF THE MIGHTY UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WHO IS NOT A LIB!!!!

    AMERICA OWES NOTHING TO ANY CITIZEN , EXCEPT A FAIR TAX AND A MILITARY.
    GO TO WORK PEOPLE AND LIVE UP TO YOUR DUMB MISTAKES!!!!

    February 4, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  25. Rob

    Come on Romney! Come on Romney! Come on Romney! I can NEVER vote for McCain! Come on Romney!

    February 5, 2008 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
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