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

Romney takes page from Edwards playbook

Romney is set for a 36 hour campaign push.

Romney is set for a 36 hour campaign push.

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. N. Wisconsin

    You can do it Romney, keep it up!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. independent for obama

    whether romney or mccain wins its going to be smooth sailing for the democrats

    February 4, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. Billy


    February 4, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. Brad

    Hmmm lets compare work ethic alone, Romney campaigns for 36 straight hours while MCcain takes his 6 elderly man catnaps a day. Wow Romney is head and heels a harder, more moral worker than mccain will ever be.

    February 4, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. JOhn

    Go Romney '08

    February 4, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |

    Edwards dropped out his playbook may not be very good

    February 4, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. Bryan

    Go Mitt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. Jay

    Go Mitt! Don't be fooled by Juan McAmnesty America! He stated over the weekend that he would sign McCain/Kennedy if it came across his desk as president. We can't afford paying for healthcare for illegals and social security as well. We need to take away their incentive (employment) so that they have no reason to stay here. Also – McCain has no plan for energy independence! He wants to regulate industries that aren't "green." This will kill American companies. Mitt's plan is the way to go! Use coal to fuel technology (which is 70 yrs old), use clean nuclear energy. Stop sending 400 billion a year to countries that hate us. McCain keeps saying that we need to stop sending over our oil money, but he doesn't have a plan on how to get it done. I have no idea how he got to where he is in this race, but he needs to be stopped now!

    February 4, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  9. Lev Klinemann, CA

    This man is evil,
    the only reason Huckabee is staying in the race is so that Mitt doesn't win,
    every Republican candidate hates this guy,
    this is not the moveies were the more people hate you the cooler you are OK,
    are you getting a hint Mitt supporters?

    February 4, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. Aric (Arizona)

    We sure need someone in the White House that can endure this type of rigorous schedule. Mitt, we appreciate the time and effort that is being made to preserve the Republican party as one that is conservative.
    Go Romney.
    Romney '08

    February 4, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  11. Scott

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

    Well if that doesn't sum up Mitt Romney I don't know what does.

    February 4, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. afisher, Midlothian, VA

    Thank you so much Governor Romney for all you are doing for us.

    February 4, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |

    Romney goes to city to city and leaves before anyone knows he was actually there... c'mon having a campaign at a gas station with photographers?!? i think he is behaving like a extravagant celebrity

    February 4, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  14. Larry Jackson

    I still believe that Romeny is the best candidate for the Republican party. Other candidates change their minds more then Romney does, so I don't see how that is an issue. Press is obviously for McCain. How someone who thinks like a liberal can be a true Republican is beyond me. I just hope when McCain loses his temper he is not in the White House, if McCain can't get his way, he will lose his temper, even on the American people. McCain has no plan to help the economy and he is in favor of letting the illegals get what they want. Sounds to me like he plans to keep things just the way they are. So how can he be the candidate for change.

    February 4, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  15. Neal

    Go Mitt! This candidate knows what sacrifice is all about! He is the only candidate that has the energy to change Washington.

    February 4, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  16. Eric, San Diego

    Mitt Romney is no John Edwards!

    Go John Edwards!

    February 4, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  17. JW

    Mitt Romney is the only Republican candidate that can win against any of the Democrates choice in Nov. 08 Why? John McCain has veered away from the Ronald Reagan Conservatism and Principles that made our party and country great.

    February 4, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  18. BlackHouse

    Don't let Romney have a chance! He does not understand the politics at all! McCain is so well handling the politics in Washington, only McCain can get things done in Washington!

    Romney also is not real Christian like McCain. McCain prays with every religions to seek peace for the world!

    Romney is too young to have any real experience! McCain knows everything, including how to fight Iraq and Iran with one hand! McCain will be able to finish off Iraq war and win Iran in no time!

    February 4, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. JH

    The headline for this article is ridiculous journalism at best! Why on earth would the author suggest Romney is somehow copying Edwards' campaign strategy by traveling from state to state like every other candidate is doing.

    Why not "Romney determined to reach voters"

    or "Romney seeking delegates state by state"

    or "Romney goes on multi-state blitz on eve of Super Tuesday"

    How about a headline that accurately portrays the facts! The fact that Romney sees a real chance to pull an upset on Super Tuesday, and keep his campaign viable. Or the fact that conservatives are getting behind him in a big way, and that if he has a good showing tomorrow, we will see a huge surge of support behind him!!!



    February 4, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  20. Billie Vice

    Go – MITT – Go.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you for safe travel and the
    WIN beneath your wings.

    February 4, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  21. Chris, Silicon Valley, CA, USA

    “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.”

    If he believed that, why didn't he campaign more here?

    February 4, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  22. bad idea

    I hope Mitt lose.He is such an arrogant rich dude who thinks that American should followed his money minded mind.Even if Mccain in not in the race,I would vote for Mike Huckebee.In said,he wished that Mike quit the race and Mike voter would go for him.Let me asked Mike voter,would you vote for Mitt who is so obnoxious and proud?Yes,he is rich but for someone who said that he will turn around our economy but for him to spent $35 million dollars is way too much.I belevied he is so power hungry person.And furthermore he is not a patriot who never served military whereas others did.Why can't he spent money on the military instead on the Presidential bid.It tells me what kind of person he is.Mitt I hope you lost,if you ever be a president that will be end of the USA.

    February 4, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  23. Lindsay

    Romney is the man! You can't deny his unbelievable campaigning enthusiasm, which is a direct reflection of his unbelievable enthusiasm for the USA. With the private sector experience and Washington outsider mentality...he'll bring a real change to the White House. A change for good.

    February 4, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  24. McCAIN's 4 Gay Marrige

    McCains support of Gay Marriage MEANS HE IS SCARY


    I think riding on a plane is in everybodies play book

    February 4, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  25. Brent

    What a waste of fuel.

    February 4, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
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