February 6th, 2008
01:02 PM ET
15 years ago

Romney set to huddle with top advisors


Romney said Tuesday night his campaign will go on. (Photo credit: AP)

(CNN) - Mitt Romney and top aides and advisers plan to huddle Wednesday to discuss the future of his campaign, including whether to launch an advertising buy in upcoming primary states.

Romney vowed late Tuesday to press on, though top advisers acknowledged the delegate match was daunting.

"It is tough to saddle up this AM," said one top Romney adviser who spoke only on condition of anonymity.

Romney has poured more than $35 million of his personal fortune into the campaign, and after a rough Super Tuesday faces a decision of whether to spend more. Several advisers said there was a plan, in place before the Tuesday votes were counted, to begin advertising in the Washington, DC and Baltimore markets. Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia hold primaries next Tuesday.

"As of early this AM it was a go," said one of the campaign sources. "We can do the math but there are still openings," said another.

The official agenda for the meeting was discussion strategy though the March 4 GOP contests. Romney has no public events scheduled and aides say there are, at the moment, no plans for any public statement. An address to a major conservative gathering in Washington is planned for Thursday; McCain is also addressing the group.

Related: Watch Romney's campaign press secretary discuss his Super Tuesday performance

- CNN's John King and Dana Bash

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soundoff (393 Responses)
  1. Ga john

    Romney is not my candidate, and is not about 60% of other republican's candidate either. For the republicans to have a chance in nov., we need someone who is moderate. There are too many brittle, right wing republicans who would rather take their ball home, cry to mommy, and lose instead of working with someone who mostly agrees with them, but doesn't kowtow to every single right winger out there.

    February 6, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    It is a good thing that this phony suit has been shown the door. Now the question is... will he see his way out? And he can take his angry looking wife with him!

    February 6, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. David King

    Dear Anti- Mormon tricksters. If it wasn't for you Mitt Romney might be our next President of the United States of America!
    If you only knew that Mitt has a Testimony that Joseph Smith was a Prophet and that God told Joseph face to face in the "First Vision" that all of Christendom was an abomination in his sight, that they are ALL corrupt and in the employ of the Devil to blind the minds of mankind to the ONLY true way to Heaven (Mormonism,as taught in the Sacred Temple for 150+ years prior to 1990), you would vote for Elder Mitt Romney for President and come out of Christendom, become Mormons and live happily ever after!!!
    This is a Fact, not Fiction.

    February 6, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. nobamamama Parsons, Kansas



    February 6, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Sven Erik

    The Republican party is such a disaster right now because they courted the freaky Evangelicals. The Evangelical wing of the GOP felt it was their duty to tell people how to live their lives, what to do in the privacy of their own homes and exclude anyone who didn't fit their religious or social profile. Americans simply don't like to be told what to do by Big Brother. The Republican party will continue to hemorage until it gets back to its Libertarian roots. Small government, civil liberties, property rights and a balanced budget are the only thing that will attract new voters to the Republican party. Nixon, Ford and Barry Goldwater are rolling in their graves because they certainly know that GOP is reaping what it sowed.

    February 6, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Independent

    A couple of thoughts...

    1) A vote for Huckabee is a vote for Huckabee. What makes you think those voters who voted for Huckabee would have picked Romney as their 2nd choice? Romney's problem from the start was that he trashed his rivals in attack ads, then acted hurt when Huckabee/McCain hit back. Huckabee and McCain, whether they are wrong or right, cannot stand Romney... and as a result, I think a lot of their supporters can't stomach him either. As evidenced by the results in West Virginia, Huckabee supporters may very well have all gone to McCain in states like Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee... or at least a decent percentage of them. To continue to say that voting for Huckabee is taking votes away from Romney, it is just wrong! If you looked at the results yesterday across the country, Romney was in THIRD in almost every state! Huckabee would have the more legitimate argument that Romney is stealing votes from him!

    2) The whole business about accusing McCain/Huckabee of a backroom WV deal is pathetic, especially coming from a campaign who 24 hours before stated that one of the two rules in politics is "no whining." I am by no means an expert... but if I was a McCain supporter in that room yesterday, and saw that my candidate had no shot to win... it would be a no brainer as to who I would go stand with. It is common sense!!!

    3) "Conservatives" who say they refuse to vote for McCain or would vote for Hillary... Seriously... get a grip. You're actually willing to let Hillary pick the next 2-3 Supreme Court Justices? Doubt that. When you realize that McCain has a 100% pro-life voting record, you'll get over your "Next Reagan Wannabe who used to be pro-choice all the way till he was in his fifties" candidate real quick.

    February 6, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. rs wood


    –Evangelicals vote for Huckabee at or under 50% and are considered "unfair" and "bigoted" against a Mormon despite obviously spreading their vote out
    –Mormons vote for Romney at or near 90% and are considered "objective" and not bigoted against an Evangelical.

    February 6, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. charlieblaze

    Mitt seriously should withdraw at this point. He's trying to run as the "super conservative", but Huckabee is siphoning off his potential base. The Huckabee and McCain combination has to be one of the more recent examples of shrewd political alliances. It's a higher chance of a McCain Huckabee ticket than an Obama-Clinton one.

    February 6, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Issy N.

    I hope Mitt Romney is out. I know that religion had a big part to play but I believe for good reason. These people belive that the leaders of the mormon church are prophets and if anyone watched the PBS special done earlier last year you saw their "prophet" saying that they had three problems. I forget the third but feminists and educated people were two. Also that they can't question the prophets running the church. How scary is that especially since they are suppose to do everything the prophets say without question? If he is a good mormon then our country would be ruked by his church. I'm glad he suffered a huge blow although I had hoped that if he went far enough the truth about this religion would be brought to light.

    February 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Joe, Wilmington DE

    Stop spending $$$ and concede for goodness sake!

    February 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. Get Real

    Rep in MD you hit the nail in the head. McCain is the choice of the Democrats and stands no chance in November. The liberal media has been pushing for him from day one. The Demos and the Media will have a field day with McCain
    on several fronts. His Age, his support of Bush on Iraq, but not the tax cuts and whatever else they can throw at him to swing the election to Obama or Clinton.
    Romney has a better chance of winning in November, right now, unless the convention is deadlocked, it looks like it will be McVain. with Huckabee as his running mate.

    February 6, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Snycheck

    Remember, Ronald Reagan was just about Mitt's age when he started campaigning for president. it took him two or three times to do it, and look at the outcome. I think Romney's done in this election but should stay on just to pick away at McCain's lead. After a dem wins the White House and we fall into the inevitable recession, we'll look back at our choices today and think about what could have been done differently. I'd like to see Mitt work his magic in Michigan. I'd like to see him fix our economic woes. But given the inevitible backlash against the Bush Administration (nixonian?), the dems have all the fervor and momentum to win office just in time to make a bad situation worse (Carter). If Mitt can learn how to relax the uptight portions of his persona, he'd be able to win over more votes. Indeed, the political landscape both mirrors the past and stinks of the present. We have been avoiding a true recession since the 1970s. What expands must contract. Let a dem be Herbert Hoover.

    February 6, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Harriet

    This is why ordinary people can't get in the game. If you don't have millions in the bank or deep pockets to fund you, forget it. The best candidate for the country shouldn't necessarily be the richest.

    Maybe all candidates should be required to run on the same funds and let the chips fall where they may.

    But investing $35 million dollars to gain a job that pays $400,000/year (or $3.2 million over 8 years) doesn't sound like wise return on investment to me. Sounds like ego instead. Are we sure he'd be prudent in investing our own money?

    February 6, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. Karen

    It is sad that so many of these comments are focused on schoolyard behavior like "My party is better than your party" type mentality and that it comes largely from the far right wing who will only accept someone who parrots every single view they have. Ever heard of compromise? Boy you must be big fun to be around.

    It was the divisive behavior of the Bush administration that has put this country at each other's throats. It is precisely this kind of nonsense that has ripped this country apart and will continue to do so if we have someone who cannot cross the aisle and work with both parties in the White House. Do I really need to point out that it was the current Republican administration that took us from a well respected country and no deficit to our current dire financial straits with really poor international relations? Stop acting so superior. You are not. Time to learn to play well with others.

    February 6, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Eddy Peck

    Mitt is a morman comon guys dont waste your breath here.. nobody even understands what a mornman is.. and yes it does not suprise me he took utah by 90% that is the biggest morman state in the us. the fact that such a clown can run for president is more of what concerns me...eddy go repubs... go strait back to your bank account and place your votes again for mccain... vote with your wallets againm like you did with bush... good thinking.... display the republican IQ with your vote.....


    February 6, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. Henry

    Romney will have 2 things left when the day is done – integrity and 100X the money of McAmnesty or Huckleberry. McCain will dump Huckster when he ceases to be useful to him. Congrats evangelicals, you just handed the nomination to a true blue democrat. I'm a lifelong republican and I will be out of the party when he hits 1,091. I'll vote Paul on the Libertarian ticket or I'll vote Obama, before I vote for a liar.

    February 6, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. Midge from Ohio

    To you who voted for McCain: if he wins the Presidential elections do not whine about the failing economy or the war in Iraq. You had your chance to do something about it and you failed.
    Go Mitt "08!

    February 6, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  18. susan

    have notice that no news media is critizing obama and asking him hard questions like others like cliton and the rest my concern as the others would be that we elect this guy then we find out he does not know anything just like the former lt. governer of maryland voiced his concern or is the media afrid because he is black and no one can touch him.

    February 7, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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