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

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  1. val davydov, ma

    This just goes to show how hardworking Mitt Romney is. This man is amazing – he is the one that deserves our vote to be elected to the White House. My entire family and I will be voting for him tomorrow.

    Romney 08! Romney all the way!

    February 4, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  2. Cathy

    Mitt – keep it going...PLEASE! I cant even hold my nose and vote for McCain. I did my research last summer.....decided on Mitt Romney and have not let up since. Every day I find more and more substantial reasons to vote for Mitt. I sincerely hope that anyone out there that has been rooting for Huckabee, thinks about this one. Mike is a great guy, but reality says he cant win....and a vote for Mike is a vote for McCain...so please think of the Republican base and check that box for Mitt!!

    February 4, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  3. Cherish

    Yes, Mitt Romney is taking a page from a Democrat's playbook – it's nothing new to him. He can't come up with original ideas.

    Squint and look at his campaign signs – they'll look exactly like Obama's. The themes of "change" and "Washington is broken" are new to his campaign, and it is evident where he got them from.

    He can't stay consistent – he's for gay rights, then he's against them – he's for a date for pullout, but now we should try for "victory" in Iraq...

    For all the unfriendly things I say about Mitt Romney, I hope he gets the Republican nomination. He'd be endlessly more easy to defeat than someone who is moderately respectable, like John McCain.

    OBAMA '08!!!

    February 4, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  4. john

    I hope Willard Mitt Romney blows all of his money on a losing campaign. Sorry willard.. you cant buy the election

    February 4, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. Doc Savage

    Romney is a good guy, and the second best candidate after McCain. Why couldn't the Dems give us anyone qualified to be President?

    February 4, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. befmed

    One loser taking pages from the playbook of another loser. Go Mitt.

    February 4, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. John Ryan (Texas)

    Well for all of you that say that Huckabee should stay in the race are not seeing through his deception. He realsed prisoner who raped and murder people and more than 40% of those he realeased ended up back in jail for very similar crimes. If he give clemancy to criminals in his state I would hate to see what he would do with terrorist if he would "re-intergrate them into society". Huckabee is a poor choice. All the other republican canidates though are rude bigot's towards Mitt Romney just because he is a mormon. To me this is ubsured to base your opinion of somebody off of their religion because the constitution gives us Freedom of religion. We also as conservatives must see that the far-left and this includes CNN want to see Romney defeated because they know he will be a great president.

    Go ROMNEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  8. RC

    I will vote Romney tomorrow.
    GO MITT!

    February 4, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  9. Doc Savage

    Have some fun... Google "santorum"

    February 4, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  10. Janet in Calif.

    Mitt Romney will bring strength and REAL experience to Washington. He can and WILL strengthen our economy and our nation as a WHOLE.

    "Help us (Mitt Romney) ... you're our only hope."

    February 4, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. John

    Lev Klinemann, CA

    In the last days.... Good will be called Evil and Evil will be called Good. Thank you for telling us about who you represent.

    February 4, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  12. Bill, Covington,LA

    Lev Klinemann:

    The problem with this nation is people like you, you are the "El Diablo" of the world not Mitt Romney.
    Hang in there Mitt.

    February 4, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  13. conservative

    good idea Romney, but Mccain will win super tuesday, the nomination and the presidency. Good effort though romney. Your flip flopping makes you a bad canidate but i comend you on the 36 hour surge

    February 4, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  14. ag

    What's the deal with the pundits ???

    Rmoney only has 19 more delegates than Huckabee....59-40

    So how come the crying for Huckabee to drop out.. What's the deal with that?

    Let's be fair...


    February 4, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  15. AZ Marti

    Don't even think that just McCain is from AZ that AZ is behind him. Illegals are a huge problem and rather than confront the situation, McCain supported amnesty. Why do you think he got the Cuban vote in Florida? Many, many Arizonans will NOT vote for him. Romney is just the get-the-work-done kind of guy we need to pull America back out of the hole we've allowed ourselves t get into. Go Mitt!!
    Maybe the other candidates resent him, because they know he's more on top of the issues thanthey are. He's definitely not running because he wants or needs the money. People, stop and think. Trust your own research. Maybe even ask God, but don't just follow those who really have their own agenda. McCain is a true American war hero, but believe me, it stops there.

    February 4, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  16. Chris, Bethesda, Maryland

    "A conservative in the White House?" Isn't this the guy who flip-flopped on abortion and gay rights? Where does he get off calling McCain "not conservative enough?"

    February 4, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  17. Chris, Arizona

    Romney has my vote from Arizona. We've seen enough of McCain. He loves the idea of AMNESTY and we've seen what it does to a state. McCain is also a double-talker who has never run anything in his life.

    Mitt is going to come up big tomorrow!

    February 4, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  18. Steve

    Romney has my vote! No one is as committed as him. No one is as prepared as him. No one will lead this nation in the right direction but him.

    February 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  19. Jared from Salt Lake

    Enjoy your last days Mitt in the campaign.

    McCain is showing you a lesson in politics. The Go Mitt supporters are hallucinating.

    February 4, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  20. AJ, IC, IA

    Edwards?!! What a dumb comparison! Romney knows what it takes to get things done!

    Romney '08!

    February 4, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  21. tj

    Twits for Mitt! The true conservative? Only his hairstylist knows.

    February 4, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  22. william

    God speed MITT!!! Your in our prayers.

    February 5, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  23. Dee

    McCain talks and talks but does does he say what his real plans are. Maybe I missed that. He's a manipulator.Let see he's been a senator for how long ,O ya 20 some years and hasn't achieved anything, May some scandels like the Keating 5

    February 5, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  24. Dave

    And this from a guy that won't drink coffee!! Good luck tonight, Mitt!

    February 5, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  25. I'm with Mitt!

    I'm With Mitt!

    And I'm in LA County. Glad to see him make the effort to come to Cali. Don't count us all in the tank for McCain. Romney DOES have huge support here.

    February 5, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
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