February 4th, 2008
05:04 PM ET
15 years ago

Romney takes page from Edwards playbook

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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

Filed under: Mitt Romney
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. marcel

    Okay let me get this straight: If McCain is channeling Ronald Reagan Conservatism he is too old (school), but if he veers away from that conservatism, he too liberal to be conservative. If Romney is more conservative than McCain, he is like Reagan but it's new. Coal is new and clean, and if Romney campaigns 36 hours straight like Edwards it is the sign of a dedicated winner not a desperate loser.

    February 5, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  2. Susan Mark

    Just saw Mitt at the Long Beach rally... Mitt you were fantastic...

    Keep it up Mitt.... lots of folks were there for you and will be voting for you tomorrow... please Mitt fans... get out there and vote and bring all your neighbors with you.

    February 5, 2008 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  3. Chris, Arizona

    Go Romney '08!!!

    February 5, 2008 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  4. Apollo

    MITT !!!!

    Mitt is presidential....and he didn't dump his wife and kids and run off with the mistress (who just happened to have million$)

    Mitt is exactly the person we need to turn the country around–get the economy up and running strongly!

    MITT's the MAN!!!

    February 5, 2008 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  5. Rebecca/ALABAMA

    Romney you have my vote, I admire and respect you very much. I'm hoping you have a great day tomorrow. GO MITT!!!

    February 5, 2008 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  6. Brendan

    I'm in California and will vote for Mitt today!

    February 5, 2008 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  7. Floyd Bradley

    Clinton was born to be a lawyer, Obama was born to be a senator, Huckabee was born to be a preacher, McCain was born to be a soldier, but Romney was born to be President.

    February 5, 2008 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  8. Debbie

    Mitt Romney is the only choice for the Republican party. His work ethic, family values and vision to change Washington is just what we need. New blood in Washington not the Liberal McCain Train of the same olde same old

    February 5, 2008 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  9. G Morgan

    Hmmm. McCain over Romney....That shows the intelligence of the
    Republican Party. Of course, they are the same people who supported
    George W Bush...

    February 5, 2008 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  10. joe

    i'm starting to wonder how much more mr. romney is willing to spend of his own money? this race is really costing him a good bit of his fortune. i realize that he is rather wealthy, but at the end of the day, and if he fails to win the nomination, what impact will this venture have on his fianances. today may determine what mr. romney will do next.

    February 5, 2008 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  11. Bye Bush

    Hey Lev-

    The only reason every other Rep candidate "hates this guy" (as you put it) is because Romney is a straight shooter: he hasn't cheated on his wife, he hasn't been sanctioned for ethics violations, he doesn't cuss and lose his temper at fellow poiticians, in short, he has no skeletons in his closet. The fact that The Establishment hates him shows how untied and untarnished he is. If they loved him, I'd think twice about voting for him.

    And, yes, you're right that the only reason Huckabee is staying in the race is to syphon off votes from Romney. The former AR gov wants to do his buddy McCain a favor and hand him the nomination. His has no prayer of winning himself.

    Go, Mitt.

    February 5, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  12. David

    After today's results are in, Romney is out. 🙂

    February 5, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  13. Dan, Illinois

    Go Romney! You are the only candidate that will fix the US Economy and protect this country against illegal immigrants. The rest of the candidates except maybe Ron Paul will sell this country even more than it already is. God Bless America!!!

    February 5, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  14. Midge from Ohio

    Mitt is the only hope for the Republican party. McCain is an egotistical war monger and Huck is helping him. If McCain wins it is only because Huck didn't have the decency to drop out. Go Mitt!

    February 5, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  15. Mark Cross Junction VA

    Copy Edwards playbook? I believe Edwards didn't make it 4yrs ago and he is no where to be found now. He might want to try another playbook.

    February 5, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. Jim

    Romney practices Polytheism. Would you vote for someone that worshipped more than one God?

    February 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Ahnaf


    February 5, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. Tolu, Minneapolis, MN

    Mitt, how about taking one from John Edwards's playbook ... and "suspend your campaign"?

    February 5, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Angie, California

    “This is get every delegate that you can, every way that you possibly can,” Romney responded

    At the cost of your integrity and conscience?

    Spending millions to slander others with half-truths (i.e., lies) to buy oneself into office is not the way I would want my next president to win. If you're gonna try and win, try and win with some sense of dignity.

    I'm hoping and praying that today's Super Tuesday will result in a big "slap in the face" for the frontrunners. I say vote real – vote Huckabee!

    February 5, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. Nomad

    GO ROMNEY!!! I hope there's still time for people, with help of Rush Limbaugh and other "conservatives", to come to their senses and realize we won't get this chance for another 4 – 8 years if we don't do it right. I know we can think of who is RIGHT, not who the political pundits say is in the lead and jump on board. MUCH SUCCESS - HOPE CALIFORNIANS DOES THE RIGHT THING, THAT'LL MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE!!!

    February 5, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Walt, Belton,TX

    I wish the extreme right-wingers would just vote for Romney and leave the rest of mainstream, moderate Republicans and Independents outside their petty quarrel. The far right-wingers are not the base of the Republican party and never have been. They're just as bad as the extreme left-wingers of the Democratic party. Thank goodness there are moderates in both parties willing to do what is best for America and not their own personal agendas. When the extremes (Romney and Clinton) fail in their goals, perhaps this nation can begin some serious rebuilding and changing for the better.

    February 5, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. Emanuel

    Edwards is a good man. Too bad the media decided very early that it would be contest between woman and african-american.

    February 5, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. apr

    I just went and voted for Romney here in Georgia. I find it interesting that the Washington insiders don't like them...do you know why? Besides his religion, he is going to make them look like lazy politicians. Romneys rigorous work habits are notorious. Another interesting point to bring out is that in the 25 years of working professionally, not one candidate can get any dirt on Romney's business dealings..why? Because there isn't any. I ask you to show me anyone who could work for 25 years and not have an enemy in the business world. I have voted for other candidates in the past, but today when I voted, I felt that this time my vote will really matter.

    February 5, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. Bob

    He also took a page from Edwards and changed all his positions for political reasons!


    February 5, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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