February 1st, 2008
09:20 PM ET
14 years ago

Romney’s Super Tuesday strategy takes shape

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/01/art.romney0131.ap.jpg caption="Romney’s Super Tuesday strategy is taking shape."]SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (CNN) – Mitt Romney’s Super Tuesday strategy became a little clearer Friday when reporters traveling with the former Massachusetts governor were told where they would be going before he heads home to Boston on Tuesday to cast his vote in his home state’s presidential primary.

The campaign had kept their plans under wraps, not even telling the press where they would be buying advertising time, other than in California. On Friday, Romney alluded to a schedule in flux, saying they would focus on states where they are strong and could land a large number of delegates.

Romney is taking a brief break from the trail Saturday in Salt Lake City, Utah to attend the funeral of Gordon Hinckley, the former president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

From Utah, Romney plans to make campaign stops in Minneapolis, Chicago, St. Louis, Tennessee, Georgia, and West Virginia before winding up in Boston on February 5.

After leaving California Friday morning, Romney flew to Denver, Colorado for a well-attended rally at a Ford dealership, telling the crowd, “I have a Ford Mustang, it’s one cool car.”

Romney declined to make a prediction on what sort of Super Tuesday showing he’d need to stay in the race. “I can't possibly forecast at this stage what the kind of numbers I'll have coming out of Tuesday will be,” he said.

“There are a number of states we think we can pick up. There are other states we think are real long shots, there a number of states where I'm competitive. And we're going to be fighting in a lot of states.”

Romney is crisscrossing the country with some familiar campaign trail themes: his own economy-oriented pitch, and attacks on Republican rival John McCain for his relative lack of fiscal experience, his votes against President Bush’s tax cuts and drilling for oil on federal land in Alaska, and his record of partnering with prominent Senate Democrats on what Romney describes as liberal-leaning pieces of legislation.

“I believe his positions on a number of key Republican issues are not in line with the mainstream of our party,” Romney told reporters in Denver.

While Romney jumps from state to state, wife Ann and an army of sons have fanned out to the far reaches of the country – Mrs. Romney to North Dakota, sons Josh, Tagg and Matt to Alaska, Maine and Montana. “At this stage, I expect to keep on battling and get the nomination,” said Romney, “and I'm not going to forecast anything other than success.”

- CNN Political Producer Alexander Marquardt

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  1. john

    Romney appears to want to save his party from another Goldwater-type defeat.

    McCain will decimate the GOP with his liberal nostrums. McCain another

    Arizona Republican, will hearten and unite Democrats with his pro-war and

    divisive views on immigration. He is being set-up by liberal news media for

    defeat, only he doesn't know it.

    February 1, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  2. Ben

    He should quit so that Huckabee can go one-on-one with McCain. Romney is a phony conservative, and many conservatives think he is worse than McCain. With Huckabee, it's a clear choice.

    February 1, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |

    I have watched every debate, both (D) and (R), and read all the issues with leading candidates, and tried to keep up with TV, NET and talk radio topics on the issues. My best estimate, on who will be our next prez, will be an (R), and it won't be McCain. It will be just one surprize after another and another election for the history books.

    February 2, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |

    Are we so desperate to turn this country back 30 years! If insane McCain or Hitlery is voted into office, that is exactly what will happen. We need to learn from the past, back in the 70's we were trying to get out of Vietnam, it divided this country terribly. We are in a war right now, what do you think would happen if insane McCain is voted into the office of president. He is a war monger, he will keep driving this country further into debt and destroy this country, then what!

    A natural disaster hits us like Katrina again, then where is the money and resources to rebound from something like that. It will be tied down in Iraq...we have that problem right now. Insane McCain is the worse person to run this country since Carter.

    We need a leader to help this country and that person is Romney, he saved the olympics, he turned Taxachusetts around and despite what Hickupbee says he did, Romney is better to lead this country thatn insane McCain and Hichupbee on there best day.

    A hot head war monger who loves illegal aliens and will traise taxes and the libs love him,Tom Daschle asked him to cross party lines recently. Hickupbee is just a washed up John Edwards trying to stay in the race to keep delegates from Romney, Hickupbee won't win, he's just a McCain hack, he will be rewarded for what he's done to Romney. Please use your common sense and vote Romney, if you vote insane McCain, you turn this country back 30 years, the same will be if you vote Hitlery.


    February 2, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. whatsitToyou

    I wish him success because I really fear John McCain being the republican nominee..A Clinton McCain ballot would be the worst!

    February 2, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Leo

    Didn't the majority of the people in this country reject the Amnesty Bill that McCain/Kennedy tried to push down our throat? Then why are we voting for him????? He is a nasty, cranky old man already!
    I will stay home or vote for a democrate if Mitt Romney does not get the nod.

    February 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Romney for President

    I hope Mitt wins on Tuesday since he is the most electable,intelligent, presidential and trustworthy candidate out there. We really have to unite behind Romney as conservatives and republicans. Juan Mexcaain just does not have the mentality and intellect to lead this country.

    No Mexccain thanks.

    Romney all the way.

    February 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Ja

    This shows that Romney is a man of character; he is willing to take time from his busy schedule to show respect and honor for his religious Leader, at the most important time of his campaign. Romney is a good man will lead this country in right direction.

    February 2, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Harry

    Romney's "army of sons" can fan out. McCain's can't, because his two youngest are actively serving in the military – one in Iraq and the other in the Navy.

    February 2, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Jim Mason

    Mitt Romney is my favorite in this election cycle and always has been.
    No surprise to see the rapid demise of Rudy, as well as Fred and others.
    If the process were a little more sane, Mitt would continue to lead in
    delegates as he once did until Florida. Good that California awards
    delegates by congressional district, not winner take all, and other states
    look favorable to chalk up more delegates. Mitt has the best pitch,
    best wife, best finances, cleanest life, great family, fine record
    of public service and private sector success. What's not to like?
    Oh yeah, he doesn't snarl like McSnappy does, and he's only age 60
    this year. If all else fails, he's eliminated all this competition
    for his next run in 2012 or 2016 (when he'd still be younger and better
    looking than McSnappy is now), just the way Ronnie Reagan ran again
    in 1980 after punishing Gerald Ford handsomely in 1976. In fact, in '76
    Reagan lost continually and ran out of money, then hit the jackpot with
    the Panama Canal issue and nearly beat Ford, the incumbent but
    unelected president, for the GOP nomination by running up a string
    of late primary victories nationwide. Do the same, Mitt - keep it up
    and sooner or later you'll become president, too, like Reagan.

    February 2, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. anna


    February 2, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. MVE for Mitt

    go Mitt!!!!!!!!!

    February 2, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. Walt, Belton,TX

    Romney hasn’t figured out yet that not all the voters are as stupid as the politicians give them credit for.

    February 2, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  14. Tom

    If that was the case McCains campaign would still be on life support or in the grave since their is no conceivable way that he can win considering the amount of animosity he has created within his supposed party.

    February 3, 2008 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  15. Jerry

    McCain – gang of 14
    – voted against Bush Tax cuts
    – know to vote with Democrats (Maverick)
    – Amnesty for law breakers $500,000,000,000,000 wouldn't be enough
    – Can't teach an old dog new trick. Been in Washington how long? He has had a chance to make change, but he has been playing both sides.

    ENOUGH SAID!!!!!!!

    February 3, 2008 05:35 am at 5:35 am |