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. Mark

    When did conservatives become outright flaming idiots? I always thought they were smart, pragmatic folks. So when a couple knuckleheaded conservatives on this board (Beth from Arkansas and Robert from Alabama to name a couple) say they'll sit home in Nov. and NOT vote if McCain is the GOP nominee, the GOP will deserve what it gets when Billary nominates three (yes, count them conservatives, THREE) Supreme Court Justices. The first one being Bill Clinton.

    So if you are a true, smart, pragmatic conservative, you will vote for anyone on the GOP ticket just so Billary or Obama Bin Laden don't get in office a F up this great country of ours. You think the term "distribution of wealth" is just a catch-phrase? Wait until these two jokers get a chance at turning America into a European subsidiary. Just sit at home in Nov. and feel all good about you and your stupid F-ing "conservative principles" while the Court goes Hyper-left and the country goes Socialist. Nice job you idiots!!

    Get out and vote GOP!!!!! Or suffer the consequences!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Sean Boston Ma

    mitt thinks if he slaps enough sheep in the face with 50.00 bills they will fold and fawn over him...its over for the christian cultists and the right wingers who are like little kids who lost in jax...
    mccain is pro life
    mccain is strong on defense
    mccain is a legitimate fiscal conservative
    mccain is a man of character and ethics
    and he isnt conservative enuff for rush ""4f boil on butt""limbaugh?
    he isnt conservative enuff for (m)anne coulter who should be concentrating on finishing up the sex change instead of bashing legitimate heroes.
    mitt is a fraud who didnt make his own money,people forget his dad tried to get this job 50 years ago...mitt ??he is a lot of different things to a lot of different people but presidential wannabes shouldnt lie about watching their daddy walk with martin luther king as mitt did,he shouldnt tell people he is an avid hunter despite never actually hunting and did you see him in front of the black crowd the other day??too many black people got close to him so he shouts""who let the dogs out"" and then he barks ""woof woof""??what a moron..

    February 6, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Harley

    I've been very naive to think America would actually want someone who is successful and smart in the white house.

    MITT did us a HUGE favor by seeking to serve this country as President. We need a WINNER in the white house. Not a lying, angry old man who cheated on his disabled wife and married a young wealthy heiress. What kinds of morals are those!?? And certainly not a squirrel-frying, bigoted, fake, either. Of course, neither of them can beat the Dems anyway.

    I'm sick that American can't see we're losing our best hope. The best man by far. MITT!

    February 6, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Lisa

    The fat lady is about to start singing.

    February 6, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. Hsm

    I am so frustrated with people talking about Romney switching positions and changing his mind about things. Honestly, educate yourselves. I can tell you that I truly believe that on a personal level Romney has always been pro-life. The flip-flopping that everyone keeps bringing up is a result of the ability Mitt has to work with democrats and find a middle ground. He is intelligent enough to study all of the information and make an educated decision. His decisions are not solely based on what others tell him he should do. To me, it is a sign of a great man to admit that maybe what was a good idea then may not be a good idea now.
    As far as the vote in Utah goes and the statements regarding Mormons only voting for Mitt etc... Mormons only make up 65%of Utah so exactly where did the other votes come from? Here's some reality for those that can stand it, those in Utah know that Mitt is a moral honest guy who literally saved the olympics. How much money did the man who so many of you are saying is obsessed with money get paid for it? $1.00, yes one dollar. Is it that America is so corrupt that we are more willing to vote for a man who has suggested we put all AIDS patients in isolation(huckabee), or who is known for violent outbursts and left his wife for a younger woman, than we are to a successful father of five who has been happily married for a long time. And no I do not live in Utah, and I am ashamed to say that I am a republican because I am truly disappointed in my party.

    February 6, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. get real!

    Well, glad your mind and heart are doing good over this mess...Mitt was the only chance we had of getting this economy straightened out. So, looks like we'll be in for a very rough four years as none of the meatheads left have any expertise in this area. In the long run, it's only the American people that will loose out. Mitt, as you pointed out, will have no problem, he's pretty set financially. The rest of us, however, not so much. So, great job America! Way to show him!

    February 6, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Mrs.Reality

    One word: DELUSIONAL

    February 6, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. Harley


    John McCain wins big....
    and the DOW drops 370 points.

    Huckabee wins southern states...
    and they get hit by killer twisters.

    Maybe God is trying to tell us something. 😉

    February 6, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. ELB

    To Johnny Lawless-

    It does not surprise me nor scare me that Romney got 90% of Utah's vote. He saved the 2002 Winter Olympics from financial ruin which would have left the State holding the bag for over a billion dollars of total costs. He is a hero to them. And it is not all just because he is Mormon, which I'm sure you are trying to imply. The fact is that Ronald Regan got 90% of Utah in the general election when he was reelected, and Regan was not Mormon. Wyoming gave Romney 67%, and only 10% of the people there are Mormon. Most canidates did not go to either state.

    What does scare me is the fact that so many people refuse to even consider Romney just because he is Mormon. Plenty of people consider Obama even though he is black, and Hillary even though she is a woman- a generation ago, neither would have stood a chance so we are progressing as a tolerant society. At least the Democrates can say they are progressing, but too many Republicans are as bigoted as ever. And that is why they will loose in November, no matter what the ticket looks like.

    February 6, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Charles A Collins

    Please vote for Mitt Romney and preserve constitutional values.

    February 6, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. CGH

    Now that it looks like McCain will win, I am switching over to the Dem side and pulling for Obama. If McCain wins it all, America, prepare for years of WAR!!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. Harley

    Exit polls show that McCain got the "high school educated" vote.

    Mitt got the vote from those most highly educated.

    Too bad there are so many stupid people in the world.

    February 6, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. ILoveAmerica

    Prince Mitt's press secretary says on the video that the race is very fluid. Very true – and Prince Mitt is going right down the drain!

    February 6, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Harley

    ROMNEY FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. Frank

    First, Mitt creeps everyone out, second it IS about him being a Mormon, they might as well worship flying monkeys. Come on people these Mormons are just as bizzare as Scientologists, in fact their space theories are very similar. Anyone who could be a Mormon cannot be trusted to live in the real world and the Romneys are mucky mucks in the "church'. I would have no problem voting for a Muslum, Christian, or Atheist, but I will not vote for a Mormon. Kinda nice to hear someone actually say it isn't it.

    February 6, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Ba Gua

    To paraphrase the Beatles' song for Mitt: "Can't buy me a candidacy..."

    February 6, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. Pat



    I will not rip apart anything you said about the state of our economy, but, our economy wouldn't be so bad if our current President hadn't launched a preemptive war against Iraq. Iraq at the time was not an imminent threat to us. Yes, I agree that Saddam needed to be dealt with but it could have been put on the back burner so we could have complete success in Afghanistan and maybe we could have captured or killed Osama Bin Laden since it has been 6+ years since 9/11. The war is only one contributor to our economic problems, there are many. Take our trade policies. Manufacturing job losses (many under Clinton) but manufacturing jobs have left in droves under Bush and both the Repub and Dem Congress. You see math doesn't lie, when you replace good/high paying jobs with low paying service sector jobs there is less Federal, SSA and Medicare taxes being paid into our government. People are earning less money. Now, to discuss the "ENTITLEMENT GENERATION". Hmmm, I don't know how old you are but I've been paying into SSA for 34 years. I do believe that I should get the benefits I have been promised since I have paid money into SSA for that long of a period of time. I also believe that your generation should reap the same benefits; in future dollars of course. You see if we still had manufacturing jobs paying a decent/living wage then we wouldn't have the ratio of 3-4 (or more) people paying in to support 1 persons benefits. I certainly wouldn't rely on privatizing SSA since both our generations are going to have problems retiring on 401(k)'s relying on the stock market. My question to our politicians is: If 401(k)'s are really that good, how come they don't have it, they have pensions paid for by you guessed it; the taxpayer! I don't think your beef should be with us Boomers. I think you should take a 2nd look at Corporate America. You see, to me, I think our CEO's are the entitlement crowd. Too many of them believe they are entitled to own $7000.00 plus shower curtains. They also receive Golden Parachutes whether they do a good job for the company or not. Even if they run the company into the ground.

    February 6, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. Will

    Super Tuesday confirmed it. Conservatism is dead. Long live moderates.

    February 6, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. Pat


    February 6, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Tyler T.

    It would be politcal suicide for McCain on the republican side if he for some stupid reason picked Lieberman as his running mate.

    February 6, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. Ronald Rivera

    What ever happened to men of true character? Men which build strong communties by building on common beliefs instead of the "you're wrong, I'm right"! attitude. What happened to the example of our forefathers who established such a strong nation for "US" to be free but united in one cause. Their example is evident by the great nation that was established. It is called the "UNITED" States for a reason. Slowly and slowly this great country is going down hill by corrupt politicians who seek to get power & wealth, which will canker the nation. Politicians who only please the ears of the american people, but are not steady in their doings. Through a great deal of skepticism we must go through in order to choose the right candidate. How often do we actually see todays politicians in action?, how often do we see their true character?. We can't judge a politician according to their charm and smile while on camera or in public. What are they like behind the walls of their own homes? What are their true intentions? we certainly can't be a judge of what we don't really know. Majority of us only hear about them through television, news papers, or some elses opinion based on warped judgement. Who is the media in favor of? Are we really hearing the truth? How can the American people choose the right candidate? Who can we trust? what makes a nation is what happens behind the walls of our own homes. We must unite in one cause, rather than constanly attack, which is such a repulsive attitude which breaks the spirit of unity.

    February 6, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. Anna in Iowa

    Republicans will have learn the hard way. I don't want Mitt out... if it comes to that I'm writing in Mitt!!! Huckabee or McCain will be slaughtered. Watch and learn from your mistake, people.

    February 6, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Anna in Iowa

    Republicans will have learn the hard way. All you nay sayers about Mitt. Watch and learn from your mistake, people.

    February 6, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. Glen, Boston, MA

    I think whoever wins (Dem or Rep) in November should appoint Romney to a high-level economic advisory position. I don't trust the guy, but he can handle money pretty well.

    February 6, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. Linda

    I don't see McCain as president. I don't trust him. And Huckabee thinks too much of himself. Don't see how Mitt can pull it out but if there is even the slightess chance then by all means hang in there! Go Mitt!

    February 6, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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