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. Larry Ulstein

    Maybe the Office of the President isn't for sale this year? Peroit tried. Bloomberg wisely thought twice.

    February 6, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Rick


    February 6, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. rSonist

    NOTHING made me happier than seeing Mitty do so poorly in my home state of California. Mitt has proven that he is an empty suit, all too willing to be filled by the whims of whichever group he was speaking too.

    February 6, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Huck voter in Missouri

    Goobye to the elites! Goodbye to Romney! The GOP is the People's Party. The Wall Street, hedge fund, country clubers like Rush Limbaugh can go join their buddies supporting the Democrats. You so-called conservatives who confuse a social movement with a screwed-up economic philosophy have more in common with your Hollywood, NYC, and DC friends than you do with us. Leave the Republican Party to those of us that are patriotic, support our military, fear God and earn our living with hard work.

    February 6, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. CppThis, California

    Romney's in a tough situation. On the one hand, if McCain increases his momentum he might get a majority of delegates before the convention and he's just wasted his money and chance of a Cabinet position in a McCain presidency. On the other, if he doesn't and Romney stays in the race he has a very good chance in a brokered convention when those at-large delegates come into play, particularly if he gets Huckabee on his side. A lot of the establishment GOP that makes up those unpledged delegates don't care for either Romney or McCain so it's sort of a coin toss which way this one will go.

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

    I love the comments about Romney being fiscally conservative when he's proven himself to be a spendthrift who tosses good money after bad to eek out a small percentage of votes. If he's as reckless with his own spending what would he do spending the government's and the people's money?

    February 6, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Jonathan Bray

    35 million...

    February 6, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. Davester

    As a social conservative, I believe that the only thing worse than a liberal Democrat is a bigoted Republican (Huckabee) and a phony conservative (McCain).

    I will therefore support the Dems this upcoming election and hope for the best in '12.

    February 6, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Pat


    I won't rip apart anything you said about the state of our economy, but our economy wouldn't be where it's at if our current administration hadn't gone to war in Iraq. Iraq was not an imminent threat to us at the time and I do believe that Saddam needed to be dealt with but not then. We should've gone in full force into Afghanistan taking care of that problem and maybe even capturing or killing Bin Laden. Also, due to our trade policies, manufacturing jobs leave this country (and many left under Clinton) but the jobs have left in droves under Bush and both the Repub and Dem Congresses. When good paying jobs are replaced with low paying service sector jobs there are less federal, ssa and medicare taxes being paid in. On wages that are $8 – $10 an hour versus $20 or more an hour. Do the math. Now, to discuss the entitlement generation. Hmmm, I don't know how old you are but I have been paying into SSA for 34 yrs. I do believe that I should get the benefits I have been promised, since I have paid money into it for that long a period of time. I think if we still had manufactoring jobs paying a decent/living wage then we wouldn't have the ration of 3-4 (or more) people paying in just to support 1 persons benefits. I don't think your beef should be with us Boomers. I think you should take a second look at Corporate America. You see, to me, I think our CEO's are the entitlement crowd. They believe they are entitled to own $7000.00 shower curtains plus receive Golden Parachutes whether they do a good job for the company or not.

    February 6, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. Lisa

    Mitt – keep on "keepin' on"! There's no comparison between you and McCain: you're decisive, he's indecisive!; you're presidential, he's any thing but presidential. And as far as Huckabee goes, to make is short and simple, who wants a president with a hill-billy sounding name!

    February 6, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Jonathan Bray

    "When could you ever "buy" an election, Patty Don't? No amount of advertising is going make me vote for someone I don't like. Excessive advertising only irritates me. Do you think americans are dumb enough to vote for the guy with the most money?" – Big Geek (guy earlier)

    Yes i do

    February 6, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. justsomeoen

    I'm not a Romney supporter but I think he should quit and save his money. He isn't going to win this.

    February 6, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. SecondSage

    Romney was whopped last night, that one hurt. I want him to stay in, I respect his conservatism. But we welcome all of you to the Obama Camp in protest.

    I love the anti-McCain vote.

    If you paid attention, Romney won every non-pure democratic state not in the south. He still has Ohio, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. I like his chances there. Republicans need to fight a little bit more.

    GO BAMA.

    February 6, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. rjordan9999@yahoo.com

    Here's a novel idea I haven't heard yet... Mitt drops out and backs Mike Huckabee. In return, Mitt gets the promise of a VP position when Huck wins. Then, Mitt could serve as VP for 4 or 8 years, and be in a great position to run run for President "with experience". VP ain't so bad (right now, I think Huck is aspiring for just that. smart play..). This will also allow Mitt to play a bit of McCain's own dirty tricks against him (if he really believes McCain and Huck are doing deals behind closed doors, he can turn the tables). As much as Mitt dislikes McCain, and says McCapin is bad for the country, I'm sure he would love to take McCapin down. And everyone knows Huck truly wants the presidential nomination, and could likely get it, yet he lacks the necessary funding. Huck can out debate / speak any of the candidates in either party; he's a natural. Debating is like breathing to the guy. Mitt and Huck together could make this happen. Mitt would need to admit that Huck is the more viable presidential candidate (not sure Mitt's ego could take this), which was proven it lastnight. If Mitt and Huck quit splitting the conservative vote, I think they could get folks to come together and kick McCain's rear-end. Between Huck's ability to debate / speak to the issues, and Romney's financial help, they could bury John McCain. I KNOW there are a lot of folks who would like to see that!

    February 6, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. AppeaseThis

    Mitt is Toast. Thanks for playing. Don't forget to pick up your lovely parting gifts: scorn, doubt, and marginalization.

    February 6, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. Harry, Arizona

    The Media would have you believe Romney is toast, but he's gathered more Delegates than Huckabee. Romney should stay the course. Mc Cain's true arrogance will most likely show up under campaign pressure and he may lose his cool (again) in a bad way. Mc Cain is Ted Kennedy's GOP hopeful to go against Ted's new buddy, Obama. Why's that? Four out of six candidates are from the Washington beltway and part of the problem. All they do is play the same old game, churning out the age old claim that if we elect them, they will bring positive Change. History proves otherwise.

    February 6, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Michael

    Mitt – Just stop the bleeding; save the money, quit the race and go home. You seem are too imperfect and too dishonest. Do you really believe you can bring back ALL the jobs we lost in Michigan? Common, be little honest....stop trying to please everyone; learn to be practical and do not say YES to everything to attract votes...

    February 6, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Mark

    Mitt...keep going man! Don't give up on us now man. We can do this!

    Hickabee, come on man, give it a rest....call it quits....go back to the South and have a tea party with Mitt Jager, or whatever the name of that redheaded ugly guy you hang out with...you know, the one that does kung fu on t.v. or something...that's right, Chuck Norris.

    Hickabee, just move over and let Mitt finish it off w/ McCain...you are muddying the water for some of the close-minded evangelicals.

    February 6, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. Chas

    Romney would have been better off taking that 35 million and helping a lot of hungry people and those that are losing their homes. The votes gained from these gestures would have easily outstripped what he has pulled in by now and would have made a real statement. At this point, he is nothing more than a very rich stuffed-shirt that simply doesn't understand that most of us live paycheck-to-paycheck, if we have one at all. We have to constantly fight to survive in this mess of a government with taxation coming at us from every level on top of just buying food and shelter. It's time someone stood up for US, not themselves. Is there anyone out there at all? They sure aren't in the picture right now.

    February 6, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. KWR

    Tell him to save his money....or better yet, set up a major fund to help those poor folks devastated by the tornadoes across the South. His legacy will live longer for this good deed than his bid for the Presidency.

    February 6, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. BJ Hall

    Hang in ther Mitt!!!! We, the people, support you!!!!! WE, that DON'T WANT HIGH TAXES, CUT-AND-RUN FOREIGN POLICY, BIG GOVERNMENT, AMNISTY, OR KENNEDY LIBERALISM INFILTRATING OUR GOVERNMENT! McCain and Huck can play dirty, especially Huck, but the Americn People can see through his tactics and hopefully press hard on to get Romney in the Race so we true Republicans and Conservatives can beat the Democrats in November!

    February 6, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. Stan-Texas

    Mitt is the only change the GOP has to win in November. The McCain-Huckaby alliance is divisive and will lose to either Obama or Clinton. Mitt's personal investment is his own decision; just wish we (in Texas) had a chance to impact this race! Good for Utah. They know him best from the Olympics.

    February 6, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Alex S

    Romney is the only multifaceted accomplished one on either side. He built up a highly successful business (or two), governed a state that went by the name of Taxachusettes (and so it's not called that anymore), and rescued the Olympics from incompetence and corruption. And so the mainstream media can't stand him because he doesn't think all this is just some empty game they can make fun of at their cocktail parties. They invent a line like "flip-flop" and know that if they repeat it hundreds of times then people will pick it up like the mimics we are. And they build up McCain and Huckabee, knowing that if either of them is nominated they will be trashed in turn when they face the favored Democrats. Come on Republicans! See through this. Don't you get just a bit concerned when you want to nominate the guy favored by the New York Times editorial page?? Do you think Sulzberger wants a successful Republican candidate?

    February 6, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Rita V

    Willard "Mitt" Romney would have been forced to drop out long ago if he did not have the luxury of finanacing his own campaign. Time to fess up. The American people have tasted your 180 turn on issues and have spit them out. You are no conservative in my book. BTW maybe he can go run the Olympics in China. They'll probably need some help anyway.

    February 6, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Capt. America

    For the critics accusing Mitt of trying to "buy" the election – I think a person putting up their own money has a bit more integrity in my book than, let's say, two guys that form a "Survivor-like" alliance to take out the competition. How about a guy who has stabbed his own party in the back on numerous occasions – that's a "uniter"? I'd rather have a person that is flexible enough to change his opinion over a couple of old thugs that think it's their turn at bat because they've been in line the longest.

    I couldn't tell you a single thing that Obama or Clinton has achieved while in office but I'd rather go into the unknown and see what they can do in the drivers seat than let that angry little cheat take the helm.

    I voted for Mitt on Tuesday and I came away feeling good about it, even though he lost my state – good luck to the rest of you trying to wash the McCain-stain off of your hands, especially you sell-outs in West Virginia - but what am I saying, we're the party of "values"

    February 6, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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