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. Evergreen State

    Hang in there Mitt. There are still several states waiting to cast you delegates. Washington State this weekend will for sure. Stick it out a bit longer. You are our ONLY hope if the GOP is ever to be saved.

    Why doesn't Huckabee drop out instead? Last I looked, he's in third place and can't garnish support beyond the south.

    February 6, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. David Anderson

    To Bill Hunter: You cited the popular vote but not how much each candidate spent per vote. You say Mike Huckabee has 2.4 million votes, but he has has spent less than $7 million total. Mitt Romney has 4.1 million votes, but has spent $86 million total. That comes to about $3 per vote for Huckabee, and about $21 per vote for Romney.

    February 6, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Stephanie, Washington, D.C.

    And they said that the Democrats will lose the election because of the bickering...Why hasn't anyone mentioned that Ron Paul needs to drop out of the race? He's the scariest of them all...and anyone who wants his support is scary too...

    February 6, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Republican in MD

    The DEMS want McCain to get the GOP nomination because he is the better target for them to win the Presidency..no matter if CLINTON or OBAMA win the nomination.

    Believe me, the DEMS will rip McCain apart in the General Election.

    February 6, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Bill

    Na na na na....na na na na....hey, hey, hey...GOOD BYE!

    He would be wise to call it a race. He's already blown $35M of his own money, and it's pretty clear he has no chance after last night.

    Get real Romney supporters. Your guy isn't going to make it. Time for a backup plan.

    February 6, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. john

    It is obvious that race, religion and gender play a major role in selecting a candidate. We are all part of a human race that refuses to admit that subliminal bias is part of our culture and intergrated in our upbringing Only the very young kids are truly inocent

    February 6, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. San Diego

    Mitt, it looks like you didn't get a good return on your investment. I wouldn't trust you to manage any money, let a lone the economy.

    You are the biggest flip-flopper I have ever seen. If you guys want to see something funny go to youtube.com and watch the Ted Kennedy/Mitt Romney senate race debate. Mitt Romney sounds more liberal than Ted Kennedy.

    Mitt you need to realize that you cant just wake up every morning and look at a poll to decide your policies. That will not get you the nomination.

    John Edwards is the man!

    February 6, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Tom, Iowa

    See ya Romney!

    Thanks for the memories.

    (Don't forget your hair gel and flip-flops.)

    February 6, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. mdelahanty

    My first choice was Romney but if he is not the GOP candiate of choice, then I will be voting for Clinton. She has experience and we already know that she can get the job done.

    February 6, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Harley

    All you Mitt-haters....

    Face it. You dislike him because he's RICH, SUCCESSFUL, HANDSOME, WHOLESOME and has a perfect family. The candidates (and the blogs) oooooozzzzze with envy. And bigotry.

    What's wrong with people? We should be begging to get such quality in the white house!

    AMERICA...you aren't worthy of MITT!!! He's much too good for you.

    February 6, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. Chris

    As a true conservative, I am ashamed and torn. I do and will continue to support Gov. Romney I am ashamed that a southern baptist preacher would put down another's religion. I'm baptist and don't agree with Romney's religion but I'm not the one who should judge him for that is up to God. The attacks on his faith is unforgivable. As a Christian that is something that should never be done we are not the one's given the ability to judge.
    James Dodson yesterday said he would not support Sen. McCain. That must mean nothing. I had until the past week had Mike Huckabee as my second choice. He is no longer a choice. I will either not vote in November or vote Democrat. What is happening is an attack on a man's religion, there's only one person who can do it.

    February 6, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Serena

    Since when does spending one's own money equate to buying the White House? I would rather Mitt Romney spend his own money than know that the special interest groups are buying their way into the White House. Are we really so foolish to think all that money comes with no strings? I do not think Romney will get the nomination,but thus far,he seems to be the best candidate. If people could get past the issue of him being a Mormon (I am not a Mormon) he might stand a better chance. I would like to see somebody actually tackle the issue of the economy of this country -I am not impressed with McCain or Huckabee when it comes to the ecomony. Unfortunately, people seem so disillusioned with the Republican Party that either candidate the Democrats put forth will likely win the White House. It's not a good feeling casting a vote for who you think will cause the least damage and not for the person you feel most benefits what this country needs. Thanks and have a nice day.

    February 6, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. Robert of Overgaard

    Why would anyone vote for Romney. He's a full fledged liar and master flip-flopper. He makes John Kerry look like the rock of gilbrator.

    On another note: Keep up the good work conservative radio talk show hosts. You'll successfully destroy what's left of the Republican party trying to find Ronald Reagan reincarnated while dragging McCain through the mud.

    February 6, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. Nate

    For all those who are in favor of supporting McCain in November should he win the nomination simply because he has an R next to his name you simply don't get it. If you are a true conservative and you plan on voting for McCain you are the problem. If we as conservatives vote for McCain we enable liberals within the party to move our party to the right and therefore move us away from the fundamental principles that conservatives espouse and upon which this country was founded. I will vote for Hillary even though this makes me sick because if I vote for McCain I am ultimately inviting moderates and liberals into the party which then alters my most basic principles.

    February 6, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. Katie

    Another thought... I did some quick analysis, and if the GOP tallied their delegates like the Dems do – no winner take alls, all proportional – Romney would actually have teh lead, with 528 delegates vs. McCain's 489. So, the public majority is by NO MEANS clearly in McCain's favor.

    February 6, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. John Bouchard

    I think that we are finally starting to see what this election is all about. First of all, the networks are determined to trivialize Mike Huckabee. Even though he won several states last night, he is virtually ignored in the media. The reason is money. Look at how much money Romney has spent in order to have a slight lead over Huckabee. He is the one who needs to bow out and turn his support over to Huckabee. McCain is not conservative, regardless of what he claims, and shouldn't be the Republican candidate. We need a strong, conservative candidate to contrast the extreme liberalism of Obama and Hillary. We need people to financially and politically to support Mike Huckabee.

    February 6, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |

    I realize that I can't stop the labeling, false accusations, and plain bigotry found in most of the comments above. I only ask that you focus on what is truly important to You, the U.S.A. and the World in the next 4 to 8 years. In fact, pick 5 top issues.

    Then honestly talk to your friends, neighbors and co-workers about your favorite candidate and his/her approach to your top issues. The sum of your individual efforts will contribute to the 2008 election process and keep our democracy strong.

    Here, Here to the comments made by "Kevin of Orlando", above.

    February 6, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Jon

    I can't believe the only electable conservative in this race, Romney, was not supported by conservatives! What is America thinking! On the brink of economic meltdown, the family falling apart left and right. Romney has far more ability to address these real-world issues because he gets it. McCain only sees his own military service.

    Super Tuesday was a huge disappointment. Only the states that know Romney personally voted for him! McCain is so left it it difficult to see Republicans voting for him. And what is up with Huckabee? Was he dividing conservative votes just to undermine Romney?

    February 6, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. c

    I hope he stays in. If Mcain gets the republician nomination it will be the first time in my voting life that the party will not get my vote.I will vote for the independent ticket.

    February 6, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. David....Nevada

    I'm a christian, vietnam vet and registered conservative republican and I don't like Mccain. Mainly he's arrogant . Has a lousy temper is economically brain dead and since the vc whacked his nutts has become a spineless lost old man, quick to cast off the base and to willing to bend over to Kennedy, Reid and the rest of his democratic cronies. vote gop for local, state and both houses of congress, cross lines and vote for Hillary. As long as the dems are kept from a super majority in congress. I'm not too worried about the supreme court because they rarely overturn state supreme courts anyhow.

    February 6, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. CiCi

    The people have spoken. Romney is an arrogant rich kid, as exhibited during the debate when he sat back, rolled his eyes, and generally interupted everyone else whose turn it was to speak. News Flash Romney, most people who vote don't share your "entitled" attitude and couldn't begin to fund a presidential campain with daddy's money. Romney take your money your father made, and the money you made being a CORPORATE RAIDER, and pay your maids, butlers and other servants more money. You ARE NOT OUR PRESIDENT! You are a spoiled rotted brat who thinks you can buy or lie your way into anything you desire. We, the normal people (yeah those, the ones you don't know) are NOT going to vote for you and it was those people, (yeah the people who actually work for a living) who took care of Geogia. It wasn't McCain, it was the PEOPLE standing up and saying we are no longer willing to be ruled by the rich spoiled elete. You aren't conservative, you are bought and paid for and in this election for the title. Pfttt.... no thanks.

    Farewell to the arrogant rich jerk...


    February 6, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. scriptora


    Are the Romney supporters who kept saying religion should not be a factor the same people who voted overwhelmingly for him in Nevada and Utah because of the Mormon connection? One can't have it both ways!

    If you think Romney is a (newly-converted-in-order-to-win) conservative, perhaps you should check out McCain's very conservative and consistent record. Perhaps you should also look at respecting your elders, after all, Reagan was, what?, 69 when he took office. You all still seem to like him a lot.

    I'm always amazed at people who swear at the media for trying to peddle influence if they feel their candidate is getting a raw deal but who are absolutely led by the nose by people like Limbaugh, Dobson, et al. Could you possibly attempt to examine records and think for yourselves, or is that asking too much.

    And, speaking of whinig! A lot of this "If I don't get my way, I'll take my marbles and go home" is appearing all over the conversations concerning both Democrats and Republicans. If this is what being a responsible citizen means to you, staying home and not voting, then your opinion with regard to politics is not very valuable.

    February 6, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. Tallynole

    The best thing that could happen to the Republican Party would be for all the mindless, narrow minded wingnuts to take their toys and go home. They stifle any type of creative thinking and they are ideological robots. Extreme rightwingers, get some education and develop some critical thinking skills for heaven's sake! You are acting like a bunch of Trotskyites (if any of you know what those are!) purging any heretic who deviates from the Party line.

    The intellectual infants who worship Rush Limbaugh and who have probably never read a book in their lives have ruined the party. Now, if the Democrats could purge their loonies as well America could get back on track.
    The wins last night for John McCain are step in the right direction. Romney Robots, instead of childishly screaming about who is not "Conservative" enough, why don't you ask yourselves why so many voters rejected you. (Oh, I know, they are all stupid, and you are so smart.) Good Grief.
    Go John McCain! Bring ideological moderation and flexibility back to the Republican Party!

    February 6, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. Peet

    Hey, I love it when people pour their own money into their own campaign. The more the better, especially when it's being poured into a doomed campaign by a smarmy used car salesman and Bush clone whose "firm convictions" on any given issue are slightly less reliable than a weathervane. Go Mitt! Go far far away...

    February 6, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. Peter


    Yea that evil capitalist (like Romney) is the one who is building companies and employing people. If it wasnt for people like him who take risks in business you would not have a job unless of course you work for the governement that is so ineficient and wastful that they have mortgaged our grandchildrens future. We need a person from the outside to fix this problem. Do you really think a career politician like McCain and Huckabigot can do it. You need a person who really knows the ecomomy to fix it.
    Dont worry about those wealthy business types, because by the time McCAin is done with us after fours years, (because he wont live long enough for a second term anyways) taxes will be so high no businesses will be left in this country and we will all be without jobs and paying all our money to the Nanny governement who will take care of all of us including the millions of illegal aliens to whom McCain will grant complete amnesty.

    You need to actually get educated on our current situation instead of spending your time watching American Idol and waiting McCain, Hucky and the Democrats to come fix your problems.

    February 6, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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