November 1st, 2007
12:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Romney: Early state wins would create a national movement

Romney met with potential supporters Wednesday night at a house party in Adel, Iowa.

ADEL, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Wednesday that if he does well in Iowa and New Hampshire "and then on in Michigan and South Carolina, the whole nation would move toward my campaign."

"Because people will say 'Gosh, I haven't looked at this guy. Let's get to know him better," Romney said.

"The test that comes from the early states will either give me the momentum I need to go on and become our nominee or give that momentum to somebody else."

Romney spoke highly of the current nominating system, saying it allowed people in early-voting states to make decisions after meeting candidates face to face. He added that he's made 462 total stops in Iowa and New Hampshire.

"I like the fact that you select the nominee not based on just what you see on TV, but instead based on meeting candidates in living rooms and in town meetings."

Incidentally, the former Massachusetts governor leads all other candidates in terms of money spent on TV commercials so far in this election cycle.

Romney–the consistent Republican front-runner in both Iowa and New Hampshire–made the comments to a group of about 75 people at a house party in Adel, Iowa. It kicks off another couple of days stumping throughout the Hawkeye State.

-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Iowa • Mitt Romney • Race to '08
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Wynter, Loudon, NH

    Mitt Romney, the picture perfect Republican candidate... only if you ignore reality and have him stand in front of adoring fans all the time like Bush does.

    Mr. Romney is a superficial candidate that will only lose his luster as history catches up with him.

    Telling it like I see it,

    November 1, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Bob, Seattle, WA

    Romney is intelligent but way too 'practiced'. His life style is way, way too wealthy for the average American to relate with. Everything about his has to do with 'image'. He and Hilliary believe that they are so 'connected' to the backroom 'power brokers' of America that mostly all they have to do is 'look good'. But when push comes to shove, it is hard to fool the 'sheep' of America. Mike Huckabee has neither the wealth nor the 'power broker' connections that the 'heavy hitter' front runners do. In either party. What Huckabee does have is 'sincerity and concern for Ameria in ALL of it's Red, White, and Blue' running through all the pores in his body. With the exception of the misguided Ron Paul, all of the other candidates dance to someone else' drummer other than their own. American needs and deserves a 'free' thinker. One that is NOT tied to the 'power brokering wealthy elite' whether they are corporations or private citizens. If the 'power brokers' were truly concerned for the great American middle class, they would indeed jump on Mr. Huckabee's band wagon.

    November 1, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. lars, DC

    it says alot that Mitt is leading in Iowa and New Hampshire. That means people have gotten to know him and liked him. They have seen that his stand on republicn issues is strong. I'm voting for Mitt 2008!

    November 1, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Bill, CA

    Romney is the RICHEST of all the candidates: just what America needs, a money grubbing gazzilionaire who cannot POSSIBLY relate to John Q Public and their needs. yes, all the candidates are wealthy (sad isnt it...only the rich can run!) but Romeny tops them all. He even LOOKS like he uses 100$ bills for toilet paper...

    November 1, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. Dan, Saint Louis, Missouri

    As history has taught us,there will be a candidate who emerges strong from the early state primaries and builds national consensus in the party. Romney will be this candidate in '08. While Giuliani enjoys support from the fringe of the party and has been helped by his national recognition after 911, conservative voters will begin to coalesce behind one candidate (Romney) in order to defeat Giuliani in sort of the same way they will show up to defeat Hillary. While polling is often of "probably voters", the past has shown that social conservatives are the ones who make the greatest showing at the polls and this will obviously hurt Giuliani. The only thing Romney lacks is national recognition, which will come with wins in Iowa, New Hampsire and Michigan, as well as a possible win in South Carolina. Also, the Romney campaign has wisely earned the support of the very popular senators in New Hampsire and South Carolina.

    November 1, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. jt, okc

    The guy thinks he can trick us after spending over 50 million dollars, and about a third of that was his own money.

    He should stick with business or keep running the olympics.

    November 1, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    And that IS how the race is won in this country, state by state. Not national polls.

    November 1, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Daniel, NY

    The most recent wave of early polls from ARG has Romney leading in Iowa, New Hampshire AND South Carolina! Link.

    November 1, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Mike, U.S. Air Force, New Braunfels, Texas

    Ironic, considering he only shows up to selective events because he would rather attend fund-raisers. It's no surprise he is so high in the polls right now. Television is a powerful way to shape people's opinions. And considering the amount of money he has spent on an insane number of TV commercials, most peoples' eyes and minds have been bombarded by images of Romney. Too bad that money plays such a huge roll in getting elected.

    November 1, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. Aaron Kinney, Sherman Oaks CA

    Nobody is gonna move towards his campaign. He is a lame duck. He is unelectable, if for no other reason than that he is pro-war.

    November 1, 2007 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. greg, boise, Id

    It's always interesting to find someone like jt who thinks you can simply buy your way to a nomination, or buy/advertise your way to greater product sales. Am I the only here old enough to remember New Coke, and the "stunning" success it had because of all the advertising $$ that the Coca-Cola company spent on it?

    November 1, 2007 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. Pres Watkinsville, GA

    Let's start the Chrismas season on December 26, and the presidential campaign season on January 21. Why not?

    November 1, 2007 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. Tim, Minneapolis,MN

    I know Mitt stated his boys have been doing their service to their country by trying to get him elected. If he doesn't get the nomination, I wonder if they'll join the military since their Dad really believes in patriotism.

    November 1, 2007 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  14. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    Gov. Romney seems to be the only person on the Republican Ticket that in my view has a chance to win the national Election, like him or hate him he has seen multiple points of view in his past, I don't know how much pandering he is making now in order to win the election, but he does not remind me of Bush during his speeches (which were scary at the time) I'm not voting for him, but watch out people, he is not out of this race yet...

    November 1, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Watch for Hillary to get off of her attacking Bush (the moron isn't running) and not answering anyones questions long enough to start going after Romney.

    Can he say she is only going after him because he is a mormon, or is she the only one who can play a "card"?

    November 1, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  16. Jenny Smith Ailey, Georgia

    Are you not a mormon? Would we all have to worry about our little girls being taken as brides by older men in the congregation?

    November 2, 2007 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  17. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    Experience, leadership, and great vision for change as well as his platform: strong economy, strong military, and strong family, make Romney the only candidate capable of leading our nation into the future.

    Romney 08!

    November 2, 2007 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  18. Tom, Phoenix, AZ

    Is it me or do Mitt's words hit others like those of a salesman who has lost his way? A salesman who has become so enamored with himself and so pleased with his strategy of how he is going to sell us he can not help himself and tells us how he will sell us while he does it? Buy the early states outright with overwhelming and slickly produced tv and print campaigns, tell us to our face he is really not doing that, and then have the resulting free national publicity push him into living rooms around the country. Now the flip-flopping on the major issues to suit the election he is in makes sense – it's really not about the issues, it's about the sale.

    November 2, 2007 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  19. david houston texas

    Toward his campaign, or toward Ronald Regan's campaign.

    November 2, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    I am sick and tired of peoples anti mormon remarks which have no truth.
    I hope the FCC fines you and your monitors hundreds of millions of dollars.
    The Church in Salt Lake City have not practiced polygomy for well over 100 years. They excommunicate these people. I have heard a lot of bigots
    promoting anti Mormon litature throughout my life and get what. Most of it that I have seen came from Southern Baptists.

    November 4, 2007 12:14 am at 12:14 am |