February 6th, 2008
01:02 PM ET
14 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

Filed under: John McCain • Mitt Romney
soundoff (393 Responses)
  1. SLC-MAN

    As Mitt said earlier this week. Rule one: No Whinning. As wise man knows when to fold them – it is time to cash in your chips Mitt. It is time the Republican party grouped around its candidate to beat the Dems.

    February 6, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Patty Don't

    It's good to see that you can't straight up buy an election any more. That does my heart and my mind good.

    February 6, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. Robert, Tuscaloosa AL

    I've been an avid Romney supporter for over six months and today is pretty depressing. He's ran a good campaign and I am usually pretty optimistic. However, I am not sure I see much reason to go on because I do not see much chance for Romney to rebound. However, I would not mind if he stuck around simply to prevent McCain from "uniting" the party. McCain and Huckabee are two candidates I do not want to see succeed. For the first time in my life, I'm probably staying home in November.

    February 6, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. Johnny Lawless

    Does it scare anyone else that Romney took 90% of Utah? No other candidate took such a high percentage of any state.

    February 6, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. Ben

    Time to quit, Mitt. Huck has a chance to take down McCain if you get out now. You have none.

    February 6, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Chris Sorge

    People of the United States we need to come together an pick our candidate which by a big advantage should be Mitt Romney. McCain is not a true conservative or the right candidate! Huckabee thinks thinks too much of himself. Vote Mitt, Mitt

    February 6, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Joe, Florida

    Goodbye Romney!!!

    February 6, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. Ben Dover

    35 million of his own money to get a job that pays what? The money would have been better spent helping the very people he caused to lose their jobs! Good riddance!

    February 6, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Jane

    McCain and Huckabee played dirty political tricks to win. They have no chance to be our president, just another old Bob Dole. They are no match the Clinton's intelligence. Clinton will send them to the cleaners.

    February 6, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. Jane

    Romney has the support of the majority of evangelical leaders, party leaders, and the party. However, a hiccup happened. A bigoted group of people could not handle his religion. At any cost these people will do anything to prevent Romney from winning. They spoiled Iowa which trickled into NH, Florida, and Super Tuesday.

    The end result: McCain is winning due to the ugly underground culture of hate that still exists in America. But, we can see through it. Although we would plug our noses while voting…If we vote for Barak or Clinton we have voted against Bigotry. That is why there is so much animosity toward McCain. It is his support from Huckabee (and his base of bigots) and the dirty games they’re playing together that turn us to look for an alternate candidate.

    February 6, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. Matt - Reading, PA

    Romney '12!!

    February 6, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. Jo R, Buena Park, CA

    I'm glad that this bush like character is about done.

    February 6, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Bob Stephens

    Hey Romney, put a stake in it, it's dead. That;'s what you get for switching your opinion on topics 3X a day. Go back to counting your millions ( the one's you have left) and leave the country alone....

    February 6, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Saul Terry, Midland, TX

    Romany has three big things going against him: 1. His religion...2. His wealth...3. His looks. The jealously aimed at him will be hard for him to overcome. If he hid behind religion, looked like Gomer Pyle, had a hard time remembering where he is, born poor like Gomer and less successful..he would win by a knock out in every state.

    February 6, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. John

    Shut up you morons (SLC-MAN and Patty Don't). Mitt wasn't trying to "buy [the] election" and if Mitt leaves the race, there will be no Conservatives left in it. McCain is a liberal and I'm surprised he even tries to call himself a Republican.

    GO MITT!!

    February 6, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Brooklyn Latina

    Of course Mitt is going on. He is the only candidate who has a clue about the economy!

    If you heard Obama's speech, he will destroy McCain in the general.

    Young, good looking, optimistic, versus old, ugly, mean, vulgar, pessimistic (and McCain abandoned his wife and kids for his mistress half his age to boot–)

    McCain will not get the people to knock on doors, make phone calls and open their wallets.

    McCain IS Washington DC (as we saw from the old school back room deal in West Virginia–legal, no problem with it other than McCain, once again broke his promise to change Washington...John IS Washington DC, My Friends)

    Mitt is presidential, not petty or snarky like McCain. Think what the media will say about his antics on stage during the debates when he is debating a liberal instead of Romney.

    This will be just like 1996-old war hero lifetime in the senate versus young, hip, outsider. Obama will win. Huck will just make it so the rest of the country will laugh–eating fried squirrel out of a popcorn popper?

    Fix it Mitt!

    February 6, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Brooklyn Latina

    Why doesn't the media tell Huck to fold 'em? He and his bigoted friends need to go home. I am sick and tired of receiving their anti-Catholic, and anti-Mormon emails and phone calls.

    February 6, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. W. T. Moses, Boca Raton, Florida

    "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest." And this is just what Mitt is doing – keep up the good work, Mitt – As PRESIDENT MITT I know we will see changes for the betterment of our country and the people who you are for

    February 6, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. Relieved

    That's exactly how I feel, Patty. Could it have been a more obvious attempt to buy the nomination?

    February 6, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. Rhino


    February 6, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. afisher, VA

    Let's not give up. Can you just imagine McCain sitting down with heads of state with his testy abrasive personality? WAR WAR WAR. This is all he has promised us anyway.
    Outstanding people on the right are beginning to circle the wagons around Romney, Let's all do our part.
    Huckabee is really bad new.

    February 6, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. D Nelson, Phoenix, AZ

    While it is satisfying to think someone cannot 'buy' an election, imagine how many people own a piece of McCain at this point and how many outstretched hands he will have to pay back. I'll take an honest self-made millionaire any day over a career politician.

    February 6, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. Jerry

    Bye bye conservatives... It's time for some progress, I mean evolution.

    February 6, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. Otto

    Mitt and Huckabee has more of a chance at the presidency than McCain. McCain will not win against any election simply because of his stance on Iraq and basicaly being Bush's 'yes' man for the past 8 years.

    Look at how many dems voted on super Tuesday compared to how many reps voted. In every state there are about twice the number of dem votes.

    February 6, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  25. Cosmic Comedy Queen

    Throw in the towel Romney, you are going to lose. Go enjoy all your millions. You will never make it to the White House, maybe you will be invited to the Inauguration Ball. You are just too too too...what do I want to say? too too too....you know, you are fighting a losing race...

    February 6, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
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