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. McCain-in-4, Clarksburg, MD

    If Karl Rove returns as an interloper, I shall have to pull out my Rovian Language Parser:

    #1) Every statement must have at least one negative adjective

    #2) If no negative adjective is present, put one in

    #3) If multiple negative adjectives exist, add another negative adjective

    #4) If speaking privately or in a restricted audience, disregard rules 1 and 2

    February 6, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. Terri

    I would vote for Romney but the core issue for me is trust. I don't trust him. There is something inside of me that is very uncomfortable with him plus I am sick and tired of CEO's and big business running the White House. I am a Republican but a very frustrated Republican at that. I am a social conservative. McCain supports stem cell research which I oppose, Romney was pro-choice and turned pro-life, Huckabee has been pro-life. McCain compromises and sees where the polls are – he doesn't have a core set of principles (imo). Romney has a ton of money and keeps spending it to try to get in the White House. Huckabee has been on a shoe string budget had to focus on where he was strongest so he couldn't spend a ton of money on the big states (NY,CA, etc).

    February 6, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. Matt

    One question, Mr Romney. Would you still like Mr. Huckabee to step away from this 2 man race?

    February 6, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Beth

    Johnny Lawless, why does it scare you that Mitt took 90% of Utah?

    Chris Sorge, THANK YOU!!!

    Ben Dover (lame name), I think you should re-evaluate your statement about Mitt putting so much money into his campaigning. He's a business man and I'm sure knows much more about business than you! Shouldn't it be somewhat comforting that a man would invest so much of his own hard owned money into becoming YOUR leader? He wants to become President in order to help our nations money situation and is willing to do what it takes to make you see that he is the man for the job. Yes I see his money could have very well gone to other things, and maybe a lot of it has? Have you thought about that? Have you thought about how much money he would be able to generate in our economy and get us out of debt? It takes sacrifice to achieve greatness. Yes, Huckabee has spent a tenth of what Romney has, but look where he's winning. And could he honestly do anything to create more money flow for our economy? I'm not so sure? I'm from Arkansas and I can VERY clearly say that I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR HUCKABEE!

    Robert, Tuscaloosa AL, I'm very much with you in saying that if McCain or Huckabee win the nomination, I'm afraid this year I'll be home in November as well.

    February 6, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. TheDoode

    Alot of people are voting for obama just because he is a african-american but i refuse to do that because the ignorace o the people dont see his points of views on the war on Iraq, illegal immigration, health care, and the radicals of islam which alot of people of the U.S.A are asleep on that issue one day they are going to fliter in this great nation and attack it with in and its going to be worse 100 times worse than 911, i belive that John Mcain and Hillary Clinton are the ones that are going to take care of the job and because im a liberal im going to vote for Hillary Clinton

    February 6, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. ks

    Romney got the 90 percent Mormons in Utah because Utah is Mormon. Thats whats in Utah you dummies.
    So many people jealous of his success. Must be a lot of losers out there that want to lay back and be suck off the tax payer losers. At least he earned it and isn't out begging for it from others and not spending their own millions like the Clintons.
    Watch the stock market crash and your 401 funds disapear (thats to you working people) if the dems get in.
    With age comes wisdom. All these young people which generation was spoiled by their mommies can have all the inspiration they want but guess what kids.....inspiration and hope dosen't create jobs or pay the bills. Thats right, you can always go home and live off mommy.
    By the way, which party got us into WW2, Korea and Vietnam??? Yes, the schools are failing. No wonder they don't know history.
    Vote for the economy which with out we have nothing including freebies from the govt. And for a strong national defense to protect us against the crazies of the world.
    Vote for Romney and if you have to hold your nose and vote for McCain in the general. Don't cut off your nose to spite your face. Also try to find out who they would put in the cabinet. VP, sec of state, etc.

    February 6, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. Andrew

    Re: "McCain is not a true conservative", "McCain is a liberal"

    Nonsense. McCain has a 83% rating from the American Conservative Union. It's Romney who's not a true conservative – when he ran for the Senate against Kennedy Romney said he was an independent during the Reagan-Bush years. Not only that, Romney went on to say that he didn't want a return to Reagan-Bush.

    And let's not forget that was for abortion rights before he was against them.

    Re: "Romney has the support of the majority of evangelical leaders, party leaders, and the party."

    Really? Because it sure doesn't seem like it. The only part of the country where he's winning is in the West. Doesn't sound like he has broad appeal from where I'm sitting.

    February 6, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Paul

    Johnny Lawless, it's not surprising that Romney took such a huge percentage of Utah considering the large Mormon population there.

    I just wish Romney would drop out of the race and go be a used car salesman. That position fits very well with Romney's slimy "I'll tell folks anything they want to hear" tactics.

    February 6, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. rodlang

    McCain is too old, Romney blows with the wind and bows to the might El Rushbo (why is Mitt so afraid of that blowhard) and Huckabee is a likeable hillbilly. This is the best the repubs have to offer? Say hello to President Obama.

    February 6, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Kevin, Kansas City

    Give it up, Mitt!

    February 6, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. TOM

    ROMNEY is FAKE !!!

    February 6, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. David Anderson

    Mitt Romney needs to win more than two thirds of all the remaining delegates to be the Republican nominee. Given the recent history and that three candidates remain, the probability of this is miniscule. Even if he could win enough delegates to prevent John McCain from winning before the convention, he would lose at the convention because McCain and Mike Huckabee would team up to defeat him.

    His friends should now counsel him to stop wasting money. He has already spent $86 million on the most expensive political failure in American history. To throw good money after bad would not be much of a testimony to his business acumen.

    February 6, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. JohnS

    I was listening to NPR this morning, and here is one major REASON for which someone noted that they voted for Hillary:

    Only Hillary is able to clean Washington of the lobbyists.

    Well, this speaks volumes about the educational level of the Hillary voters!!! These are the SAME groups of people who keep saying that all Obama talks about is "change" with no specifics. Although they have, hopefully, watched Obama beat Clinton in a debate that focused on ISSUES, not experience they still do not get it!!!

    Wake up American, do not drive the Independents and Moderate Republicans BACK to the camp of the Republicans by making Hillary the nominee!!! Wise up, educate yourself, purge yourself of racial/gender lines, and think about the VIRTUES of this nation. This is about changing the directions of Washington, the old-politics, the nation, and the WORLD. Unfortunately, the Clintons had had their turn and they blew it. They left the White House in total disgrace and should take RESPONSIBILITY for GWB being president for 8 years!!!!

    February 6, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. Republican in MD

    Some voters out there who THINK they are voting for HUCKABEE – ARE NOT.

    Huckabee has no chance in winning the nomination – A vote for Huckabee IS a vote for McCAIN...whether you want to believe that or not.

    The HUCKABEE voters DID IN FACT take away votes for MITT ROMNEY.

    SUCH A SHAME.....

    McCain is not the right candidate to represent Rebublicans. The Republican Party virtually does not support McCain. More DEMS voted for McCain than Republicans!


    February 6, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |



    February 6, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. Keith, GA

    I wish people would stop talking about the $35 million topic. At least that money was Mitt's. McCain had to borrow $175k from his wife for his senate campaign! Talk about a kept man!

    February 6, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |

    Here is the problem. Huckabee has no shot a winning. He is down over 100 delegates to Romney. If anyone has a shot at beating McCain it would be Romney. Huckabee is just playing a spoiler and handing over the election to McCain.

    Also McCain has no integrity. What he did in West Virginia (called and had his delegates vote for Huckabee to deprive Romney from winning the state) is the type of shady character that will end up in office. McCain is a career politician that will not produce much change in office.

    McCain was also involved in the "Keating Five scandal" in the 80's. Is that the type of character we Americans want in office? Someone who is involved in scandals and is there to benefit himself? Not me. If Mitt doesn’t get the bid for the Republicans, I’ll be force to vote for Obama. At least he is true to his party.

    Unlike McCain.

    February 6, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Mark

    Good bye to Mittflop I say. Anyone who would spend 35 million plus for a job that only pays 400k a year can't be trusted.

    February 6, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. Kyle


    February 6, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. Eric-Houston, TX

    Folks we can pretty much guess which way the rest of the States are going to go in the GOP. It's all going to come down to Texas: Can MCCain woo over enough conservatives to win here, or will Romney and/or Huchabee and/or Paul do well? Face it, if McCain wins in Texas, it's all over.

    February 6, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. support romney

    First off i think romney still has a chance. If he doesnt win this time he will next time. Mccain is a idiot all he talks about is national security national security after national security. And then there is Mike huckabee thats so jealous of mitt romney . All mike huckabee is doing is trying to slow romney down bless huckabees heart. I wont ever support huckabee or mccain.

    February 6, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. mmeier

    The Republicans John McCain and Mike Huckabee have proven, that predjudices against people of certain faiths is alive and well in America. Mitt Romney is CLEARLY more qualified for ALL aspects of the needs of Americans!! And is the only one that could get us out of both the problems of our economy as well as handle the mess up of Bush and the war. But Romney is clearly being blocked based soley on his religious beliefs – shame on you New York and Arnold Schewarzeneggar !!! For perpetuating this bigotry!!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. Bougie

    GO MIKE HUCKABEE! Mitt Romney thought he could buy the presidency, but the people still vote their consciences and know a fake when they see one.

    February 6, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Mark

    You guys are all scared of Mitt...get to know him...he's a great guy!

    February 6, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. Top Shelf

    These election results answer one critical question: Do conservative Christians hate non-Christians or liberals more?

    The clear answer, they hate non-Christians more. Sorry Mitt, but you hitched your cart to a wagon of bigots. It will never matter what your policy positions are. What a bummer, dude.

    And please, can you stop referencing Ronald Reagan every other sentence? The guy is dead. Leave him alone. He is not endorsing you. If he was alive, he probably would not endorse you (see above).

    February 6, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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