ROMNEY PLANE, Nashville to Oklahoma City (CNN) – In the final hours before Super Tuesday, Mitt Romney is following the example John Edwards set when he campaigned for 36 straight hours before the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary.
Romney too will hit the road and take to the skies with his staff and the press in tow for the 36 hours before his Super Tuesday party in Boston Tuesday night.
Asked Sunday if this was his version of the Edwards campaigning marathon, “This is get every delegate that you can, every way that you possibly can,” Romney responded, “You have to be guided by where the delegates are.”
After a rally in Nashville Monday morning, Romney jetted off to Atlanta for an event and then boarded his plane to fly clear across the country to Long Beach, California for a single rally. Why go that far for barely an hour on the ground?
“I can tell you it’s a lot better than not going to California,” Romney told CNN, “If I win California, that means you’re going to have a conservative in the White House.”
Not wanting to squander any opportunity, Romney will hold a press conference at Oklahoma City’s airport while the plane is refueled on the way to the West coast.
After his appearance in Long Beach, he will once again climb the steps of the plane, this time bound for Charleston, West Virginia where he’ll arrive at 5am Tuesday morning.
“I do not like red-eye flights,” Romney told reporters traveling with him, but joked that if he has to fly them, he likes to sleep on the floor.
With eight hours to go, Romney will take one last flight home to Boston to vote in the Massachusetts primary and throw what he hopes will be a victory party.
He doesn’t, however, think Super Tuesday will be the finish line. “Maybe about halfway through,” Romney told reporters in Atlanta, “we’re going to go on and continue to rack up delegates, and I'm planning on winning this nomination.”
- CNN Political Producer Alexander Marquardt