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

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soundoff (393 Responses)
  1. Dave

    Time for you to get out Huckleberry. you won plenty in the south but that was all you're good for. the jig is up. unless, of course you are just staying in for spite. what??? you, the big Christian has a spiteful and deceitful heart. say it ain't so!!! admit to your neo-con ways.

    February 6, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. 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 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. TurnThePage

    We need Romney to stay in and keep spending his campaign cash: it helps the economy!

    February 6, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Jonathan

    Mitt is the GOP's only hope for a conservative President. If my choice is McCain or Clinton, I'm not voting in November. I'm not choosing between two liberals. That would be stupid.

    February 6, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. smart mom

    I voted for MITT ROMNEY..... mostly because I know that McCain and Huckabee cannot beat the DEMS. Both the DEM's are considered minorities, if we put a old scary man, who thinks he is entiitled to the Presidency (John) and has no clear solution to the economy, or a white SOUTHERN evangelical priest (mike) against the WAVE of Obama or the experience of Hillary. Republicans lose for sure. I will vote for a DEM before I would let those guys win!!!!! They are sacrificing the election, by blocking MITT , and it is pretty obvious it is out of religious bigotry. The bias against MITT is so glaringly obvious. Why don't they just have an ad that says "BLOCK the MORMON!!! "even if he can save the country!!!! i guess the delegates want us to lose to OBAMA. Religious Descrimination is alive and well in AMERICA..... just a throw back to the MOBS that were ordered by the US government to murder, rape, and drive the mormons out of FAR WEST, MO. One of several dirty little secrets of the USA that everyone seems to ignore...

    Republicans are shooting themselves in the heart!!! It is over. McCain will not win against a Dem, only MItt would - !!! Republicans get out of denial and mormon haters, you are part of the american problem.

    February 6, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Thomas

    It'd be interesting to know how much anti-Mormonism played a role in the results. If it was even a single factor in people not voting for Romney, this country has serious problems. Saying, "America just isn't ready for a Mormon president" is sugar-coated bigotry. The disgusting thing is that both McCain and Huckabee turned a blind eye to that vile type of discrimination for their own self-interest. Wouldn't men of real character stand up against bigotry in all forms? America deserves better than McCain or Huckabee. It would also be interesting to analyze the number of negative media portrayals of each candidate. Romney seemed to take the brunt of the spin. For one, flip-flopping implies that he changed position then changed back. That's a misleading label because he changed his position on one issue and in one direction–despite always being personally pro-life, he changed from politically pro-choice to politically pro-life. He did not change on any other issue. Any media outlet that made a bigger story out of it than that should be ashamed of itself and has lost journalistic integrity. Most "news" outlets today are little better than tabloids.

    February 6, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. wish

    If he spent 35 million of his own money wouldn't he be trying to recuperate that as a president. Bye Bye Romney, we don't want another Haliburton.

    February 6, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Georgia327

    Some of you people are just STUPID!

    February 6, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. smart mom

    patty don't,

    You like someone with money – to lose???? is that a reason not to vote for someone???only poor people know what is best for the country??????? duh!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. wish

    He spent 35 million of his own money so he can be president. How is he gonna try to recuperate that amount. Bye Bye Romney, we don't need another Haliburton.

    February 6, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. Disgusted Republican

    Mighty Mitt is the only candidate for the Republicans!!


    McCain is a lying piece of crap and Huckabee is an arrogant jerk! I have been a life long Republican but, if McCain or Huckabee gets the nomination, I will either vote for Obama or just sit this one out!

    The “winner takes all delegates” isn’t working. The Republican party need to fix it. They are not finding out what the party really wants. Romney & McCain would be neck & neck just like the Demarcates if the delegates were divided up according to votes.

    February 6, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. master of genius

    yayyyy i am the first one to post comment.
    everyone please save all your breath, Mccain will win, because he have a good heart. if you want to vote, make sure you vote for Mccain and be happy with it. Thanks

    February 6, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. AK, Los Angeles


    Back to selling used car parts on late night infomercials where you belong.

    February 6, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Sam

    Anyone heard the rumor that Kennedy will be Obama's VP? The candidates should have to say who they are considering as it would make a huge difference for the voters.

    February 6, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. Uncle Sam

    GO JOHN MCCAIN!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. USMC in San Antonio, TX

    McLiarBee and crew usurped away American Republican's DEMOCRACY....our votes have become meaningless in the face of the McLiarBee Crew's demented attempts at a communist/socialist/totalitarian style vote in West Virginia and throughout America...taking people's votes and their dignity away from them. You betrayed the treasured AMERICAN principle of DEMOCRACY in West Virginia you McliarBees. You are as UNAMERICAN as Ahmadinijad, or Hugo Chavez, or Fidel Castro, or Vladimir Putin. You CORRUPTED OUR DEMOCRACY. YOU rendered the votes of THE PEOPLE of West Virginia NULL and VOID you communist/totalitarian phreaks! And you worked as accomplices to the same ends throughout all the state's primaries. Somehow you think because you can "legally" get away with it, that it's "okay"? NOT BY A LONG SHOT. WE, the AMERICAN PEOPLE want OUR VOTES to COUNT. WE, the AMERICAN PEOPLE will not simply "forgive/forget" and "go along" after you win by deceit and fraud and vote for you just to beat a Democrat. YOU, Jonny McLiarBee are a Democrat...BOTH of you...Donkeys in elephant suits. Corrupt as heck. Both of you. Consider this republican a FORMER Republican. I'm voting for WHOEVER runs against you in November Democrat or not. At least a Democrat HONEST enough to run as a Democract is FAR more honest than a Democrat running as a Republican like you two bigots, McLiarBee et al...you're gonna lose in a landslide in November...NOT because of Democrats voting Democrat...but because of REPUBLICANS voting democrat or not at all (not at all is your best option, but most of us think you need to be taught a lesson in humility AND honesty McliarBee).


    February 6, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. David McDougal

    It is time for Romney to step aside. Surely he knows that he cannot win the election for the Replublicans.

    February 6, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Steve

    I said in another thread that Romney reminded everyone of "their least favorite neighbor's irritating yappy little dog." He has also been portrayed as a "by-the-numbers" conservative; the way he went down his list in the CA debate with McCain is evidence enough of that, IMHO.

    The guy just has an entirely too unfortunate persona. No matter what you think of his politics (and I don't think much of them, myself), does this man seem "presidential" to you?

    And don't give me any of that "what we really need is a businessman/outsider" BS ... if the U.S. is unlucky enough to end up with a President Romney, you will see one of two things happening: Either it will be "business as usual" (with Romney making as many deals as anyone else, to get things done), or it will be partisan gridlock, if he sticks to his rhetoric of being unwilling to cooperate with the other party. I guess there is a third possibility: He will be exposed as all talk. Actually that seems like more than a possibility.

    February 6, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Brenda

    I did the math. Whatever happens, as of today, Mitt has the support of over 3,400,000 people. McCain can't shut us all up nor can he "convert" us. He has a personal vendetta with Romney and as a Romney supporter, that means he has a personal vendetta against me. I hope Romney can get another debate with McCain and Huckabee. I would love to see McCain blow his stack. It's just a matter of time. If you all saw a glimmer of angst during any of the Republican debates, just want to see what happens against one of the Democrats. McCain's campaign will implode. I can't wait.

    February 6, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. Frank tulsa, ok

    Romney took 90% of Utah for obvious reasons: A) It's Mormon Land, B) He saved the Olympics and C) it has a population of 10. Romney got knocked out by the same kind of punches he threw. There was no one any more shrewd on the GOP side than Romney. He called McCain's misquotes 'dirty tricks' but he was just as tenacious and established the negative style early. He teed off Huckabee with his attacks and is now whinning about an alliance.

    Romney was the closest candidate to Bush in the GOP and I'm glad he's been wounded by the same political sword he wielded. He's contrived, calculative, and disingenuous.

    Good night and good luck!!!1

    February 6, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Tim

    The reason Mitt had 90% of the vote in Utah is not simply because he's Mormon. 1) Utah is a very conservative state and Mitt is the conservative candidate. 2) He did wonders for the olympics in Utah. 3) Because there are so many Mormons in Utah, they were not biased against him because of his religion. If more of America was comfortable with Mormons, then more conservatives would have looked past Mitt's religion and seen that he was the strongest candidate.

    February 6, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. ME / USA

    The only reason the conservative talking heads and right wing puppet masters want Romney instead of McCain is because they know they can manipulate Romney. He'll be George W Bush 2.0 Wow that's scary to write or even think about. Romney is yet another rich, legacy case who feels entitled to the Presidency, doesn't relate to the common person and one who the Republican party would love to run as a "Washington outsider". Which really is good for a laugh because Romney's father was a US governor and ran for President. What sort of outsider does that make Mitt, who was a US governor himself? It all sounds too familiar and well a majority of us would agree the 1st time around the GOP used this storyline/candidate it resulted in a nightmare. Romney will say and do whatever he thinks people want to hear and judging from the election results poor Mitt has proved himself pretty out of touch. His message is insincere and his motives selfish. Romney has had a chance to make his case. NO ONE IS BUYING IT! Finishing 3rd in the Republican primary process is like finishing 5th overall b/c both Democratic candidates have received more votes this year than any of the Republicans. Goodbye Mr. Romney, hello President Obama!

    February 6, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Jeff

    The small vocal sect of Republicans hell-bent on recreating the politcal lanscape of the 1980's unfortunately can't see why the majority of Conservative-Republicans have voted in support of McCain.

    February 6, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Brian, Austin TX

    lol just drop out already mitt. sorry republicans you guys already have your nominee. 😀 Romney is finished...

    February 6, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. Derek

    It’s unfortunate that so many Americans vote based on identity rather than the issues. Reading the comments here, I see that most of you have identified with the candidates based on their religion, race, sex, and personality. Huckabee is a great person, but is not a leader. McCain will be the candidate that gets the US involved in a nuclear war; I can say that with confidence, just look at his dedication to military and temper, a recipe for disaster. The democrats are encouraging a lazy America, where I could get fired from my job, get paid under-the-table, and be better off than when I was working and paying taxes legitimately. Romney has the skills and experience to advance our economy, make the US more favorable in the world view, and provide much needed reform to education and healthcare. It’s time we stop being so short sided, and take a look into these candidates and realize that electing the right president, first by nominating the right candidates, is the most important decision we could ever make. The US will be a completely different place in 4 years based on the Candidate we elect, so take a real good look at what you’re vote is going towards.

    February 6, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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