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. David, Gilbert

    The updated delegate counts show McCain with 613, Romney with 269, and Huckabee with 190 (Ron Paul with 10 just to make the Truthers happy). McCain has more delegates than all the other candidates combined. All you people crying that Romney was robbed need to take a reality check. If Huckabee were removed and all his votes had gone to Romney McCain would still be in the lead. Even if you give Mitt WV McCain would still be in the lead.

    February 6, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Pavel ben Jacob

    Concerning the "back-room deal" many are alleging occurred between McCain and Huckabee:

    What happened was a strategic move by one campaign–McCain's–when they called their representatives in the WV caucuses and told them to vote for Huckabee rather than let Romney win. (I'm not approving this move, I'm just trying to describe accurately what happened. In baseball, you walk a hitter rather than let him hit a home run. In football, you throw the ball out-of-bounds rather than get sacked.)

    "Back-room" suggests it was done behind closed doors–but it was done out in the open!

    "Deal" implies McCain said to Huckabee, "Do something for me and I'll give you my votes." There's no evidence of that.

    I think what occurred actually shows that McCain's people thought they were throwing away very little (WV has only 13 delegates) to someone they thought had no chance. Don't you think they were surprised to wake up this morning to see that Huckabee has almost as many delegates as Romney?

    February 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Russ from CT

    Any of you who think that some "back door deal" or "underhandedness" went down in West Virginia obviously don't understand how Caucuses run. It didn't make any sense either way for McCain's people to choose Romney as they saw him as their toughest competitor, nor Ron Paul's people to choose Romney as they relate more to Huckabee's views. So stop complaining about a process you don't understand, get educated about our political system and as Romney states there is no room for "Whining" in an election.

    February 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Christine

    "A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency or simply to swell its numbers.” Ronald Reagan

    February 6, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. David - Oregon City

    Romney and McCain are definitely spoilers for Mike Huckabee demonstrated by their expense per vote received.

    February 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. ag

    Mitt Rmoney should quit now....
    It's obvious people are not buying what he is selling...

    February 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Jo, ATL GA

    They've all being run again Hillary and forgot to run against themselves.

    February 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Ryan Z

    I am one of many who will not vote for McCain if he becomes the party leader and candidate for President. To be honest I'm just about as scared of having him as President as I am Hillary Clinton! Us conservatives need to rally around Romney if we truly desire to preserve our conservitism in government, especially in the White House. He can still win.

    February 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Vince, Jupiter, Florida

    After what will soon be 8 years of conservative Taliban lite I can’t imagine why anyone in this country would want more. The Republican Party has nothing to offer our future except a lot of gizmo plays and gimmick lines. McCain, Romney or Huckabee – – none of them have anything to crow about. All three have supported the huge mess created by George W. Bush...

    February 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. Kathy

    LOVE IT!!!! The GOP is going down in flames and the hatemongers are responsible. Ever think that there are a lot of people out there who HATE Rush the durg addict, and Ann the Hag???? When they start talking out against McCain...he wins!! All the HATERS here are giving me such a warm feeling!!!

    February 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. apollo

    I hope the conservative base will wake up before it’s too late. McCain cannot be the nominee. he has sided with the liberals way too many times. he cannot be trusted to represent conservatives. He pretends to be a conservative but his voting records suggests he’s not. Such a hypocrit to accuse Romney of flip flopping. only a liberal would stoop that low; saying anything to get elected. And I’m shocked that McCain has been endorsed by so many people I respected and thought were conservatives. they are stabbing the Republican conservative base in the back. Huckabee and Paul just don’t have enough support and can’t win so please get out of the race. Romney is the best man for the job. He shares our conservative values. He’s the closest to being a Reagan conservative. Please Please Republicans wake up! it’s a win win situation for liberals if McCain gets the nomination. they will control everything. our country has to have checks and balance. Please fight for what you stand for. Get out the vote!
    vote Romney!!!

    February 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Atwoodray

    Huckabee will be responsible for the Democratic win this November if he doesn’t drop out of the race. Huckabee has no chance of winning the nomination himself, but appears insistent on drawing votes away from Romney because of his religious bigotry.

    February 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Clintonfatigued

    You absolute geniuses that watch MSNBC and listen to NPR love to say the he is trying to buy the election and then totally leave out the FACT that it his MONEY and not some LOBBYIST MONEY like your queen.

    A northern Governor YES oh brilliant ones, needs to spend to gain name recognition and get his message out, that's politics 101.

    Al of the others but Huckleberry had name recognition ALREADY, so duh.

    Huckleberry is only a small factor because of he bible thumping crowd hat will vote for him because he is "not a Mormon, you know".

    Your misguided loyalty to the bought and paid for queen is dumb as you would rather have someone who WILL be BEHOLDEN to the lobbyists all the while you ridicule someone who is spending their OWN money for a cause that HE believes in.

    Has then queen stated that she will not accept a salary as President (as she could afford to if she wanted to donate it to the "poor folks")?

    How about as Senator????

    Romney never took a dime as Governor and is on record he will do the same as President, he puts his money where his ideals are.

    If Hillary had done that it would have been story ONE, page ONE and she would have been heralded as a leader of the people.

    Vote for faux Republican McCain, he will get crushed in the general as soon as the media completes the dismantling of the Conservative base and then starts REPORTING on the KEATING FIVE, the FACT that he cheated on his crippled first wife and then left her for a newer model, his "updating" his stances on a myriad of issues, but only Romney is the flip-flopper etc, etc, etc...

    Huckleberry is getting good press as being part and parcel to the faux Republican Party and as VP his wild ideas will again START being exposed by the media.

    Congratulations for fooling the dolts because as soon as Romney gained traction they built up McCain as Romney has little if ANY dirt that can be dug up and McCain has so much dirt it will be made into mud nicely.

    You can't sling mud on Romney, so Clinton would have had to use actual ideas and not tears and smears, but her against McCain; they both are dirty and slimy as all hell.

    The dumbing down of some/most of our electorate continuers and we can thank the Clinton's and George W.

    February 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Tommy D

    What has our country come too if these comments are an example of our people, our moral standards!
    Is it better for some people to lose their jobs than the whole company closes and everyone is out of a job? Do you people think about this or do you simply live off of hate.
    Romney is using his money. Whose money are the others using? Deals are being made!
    I first supported McCain. I've seen now how he is low down and dishonest. He will still look you square in the eyes!
    Huckabee is a religious bigot. Ask him if he's ever talked against Mormons. Will he tell you the truth or evade (cover up) the answer! Showing / giving an ad to the press but professes he didn't "run" it!
    I'm not saying Romney perfect.
    I will write in "Romney" before I would ever vote for McCain or Huckabee.

    February 6, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Clinton

    It looks like a

    Clinton vs McCain/Huckabee Race.

    LadieS and Gentlemen, I would say.


    February 6, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. LDS4Obama

    As a Mormon, I agree wholeheartedly with Patty. It is as wrong to vote FOR a person just because of his religion, as it is to vote AGAINST him for that reason. However, Utah has long been the reddest of red states, and Romney is a hero there, not only for being a Mormon, but also for saving their olympics. His politics would have won Utah even if he weren't Mormon. Lots of non-LDS voters chose him yesterday too, because even though they don't share the predominant religion, they share the overwhelmingly predominant conservatism. That's what scares me about Utah, and makes me glad I don't live there. Thankfully, Obama carried the Democratic primary there, but he got 70,000 votes while Romney got 255,000. Scary.

    February 6, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. Ryan Z

    Sorry Huck, this is still a two man race. It's clearly McCain and Romney. Please return to the pulpit because your record shows that that's about all your good at.

    February 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Matt

    I would love to see how the electorate voted based on IQ... that's one statistic they always leave out. I would bet that Romeny brings in over 50% at 120+ probably 60 – 70% at 130+.... unfortunatly the inteligent don't get to choose who runs Washington.

    February 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Len, MA

    Hey lets face the facts. This is politics and Mitt is no different than all the other that have run before him. When they run at the national level they must align their beliefs with what they think the whole country wants to hear not just their state. And he like everyone else running, they will say anything they think will get them elected.

    February 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Katie

    I think what all of Romney's wins, throughout the US – in MA, MN, and MI (hometown advantage), and UT, MT, WY, CO, ND, NV, and AK (high prevelance of Mormons) – tell us is that Americans are voting out of fear of Mormons. In areas with a high prevelance of LDS/Mormon people, more people voted for Romney. Why? Not because all of the LDS members voted for Romney – most of these states, other than UT, are NOT predominantly Mormon. But, because people who interact with members of the LDS church on a regular basis understand that they are normal, Christian individuals.

    Unfortunately, I think Mitt was hurt by his religion in the end. Shame, really, but I would rather someone hate me for my religion that something else that I could change. It just shows that our country has a long way to go before we get past bigotry.

    February 6, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. JR.VILLar

    From Portugal, Europe, if i could, i vote for Mitt!
    Its a clear Man, great image! And a lider for the future!
    Keep on Going Mitt

    February 6, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. Zeke

    Huckabee is in it hoping someone picks him up for VP. I suspect he and McCain have put their heads together to minimalize Mitt. If McCain gets the nod from the Republicans, I'm voting Democrat for the first time, I will not vote for another 8 years of Bush disguised as McCain.

    It might be to our advantage to change the system and elect the President for one term of 6 years. We wouldn't have to go thru this crap every four years. The last two years of the Presidential term is mostly lame duck anyway. 6 years is long enough to accomplish what needs to be done. No re-election, period. Just a thought.

    February 6, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. Peg

    I support Romney. I will not vote for McCain. That leaves me either not voting or voting democrat. Haven't done that in years.

    Don't like to see him "waste" any more money since McCain and Huckabee are in bed together to defeat him.

    Neither will win and McCain certainly will not unite the party.

    February 6, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. liv2

    Unfortunately, Super Tuesday only confirmed my fear that idiots in large numbers cannot be underestimated. I find it very interesting that every one of the Republican candidates with significant influence (with the exception of Ron Paul) has at one point formed an alliance to undermine the best candidate, the only candidate with the strength to stand alone and win, Romney. McCain can't and won't win in November. Even if he could he has no intension of changing Washington. Just wants to stay there as a career politician, pay back all his creditors, and give honor to himself. Huck is too busy loving himself, and like Giuliani and Thompson, busy squabbling for the crumbs off of McCain's table.
    This county is in danger of it's own self.

    February 6, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. AJ

    Luke- if you take some time to do your research, you will find that Romney has changed position on just about every major issue from when he was governor. And I am not talking about referring to liberal sources here. This is not an issue that has risen recently, its a label that he carried from the onset of the campaigning.

    February 6, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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