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. Cash In

    It is time to for Mitt to cash in. I doubt Mitt will beat McCain at this point, and I think he should save his money rather than flushing it down the toilet by pressing on.

    February 6, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. Al Stevens

    Yeah – now you need to be just barely electable to be able to buy an election. What an age we live in.

    February 6, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Adam from Ohio

    "Romney has poured more than $35 million of his personal fortune into the campaign"

    See? This guy IS good for the economy! He's releasing his ill-gotten gains to videographers, graphic designers, technical directors, printers, and TV station ad managers all across the country!

    February 6, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. Julia K.

    People are idiots! To prefer an old and sick flip-flop to an experienced businessman and strong, honest man with hight morals – it is unbelivable! There is no future for this country!
    Thank you, Mr.Romney. We are glad that you don't give up!!!

    February 6, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Arigold

    It's good to see that the Republican party knows the difference between someone who has been conservative his whole life (Huckabee) and someone who has been conservative this past year (Romney).

    February 6, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX


    February 6, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. mb

    its about time he dropped out. he's been stealing votes from Huckabee.

    February 6, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. John McCain

    Mitt is too conservative for America. He's also a screwup who couldn't lead a Girl Scout troop through a department store, much less this country through the wars we Republicans have planned for '08.

    February 6, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. Alejo

    Romney hasn't been doing so well in large part because of his recent past positions–ever changing positions. But every pundit out there is saying he'd be a major contender in the upcoming presidential election four years from now...

    February 6, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX


    The person the GOP has to beat is George W. Bush.

    And McCain embraces the Iraq Conflict?!

    The Dems in a walk come November!

    February 6, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Brad

    blah blah blah slc-man, what are you talking about your state had the highest voter percentage for romney, (87 percent) maybe you should move to new york. Honestly, give me one good reason to vote for McCain. HMM I can't think of any.

    February 6, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. doug d

    The democrats are going to win this one anyways. McCain is the nominee and he cant compete in the general election. I voted for Mitt and I support him 100% but he should save face now and leave the race because Huckabee is in bed with McCain and wont leave the race until Romney leaves. 2012 will be a great GOP year after the dems damage the white house. I supported Romney but I will take Obama over McCain now I think.

    February 6, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. fred

    Stop the bleeding, Stop the leaking. stop the...............

    Please stop,................just stop...

    I can't stand anymore of your whinning

    February 6, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Les

    It is time for change. To leave the election!

    February 6, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. Zest

    It looks like McCain and Huckabee make a good combination. It is funny how it has taken two of them to try bring Romney down because they sure couldn't have done it by themselves. That makes me support Mitt even more. However, if McCain and Huckabee win, then it will be time for me to start adjusting my finances because I think that we are heading for a recession.

    February 6, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. DDS

    I think Romney still has a chance to win. I'm still behind him 100%. It's a shame to see that people discriminate against him and won't vote for him just because of his religion.

    February 6, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. bobr

    Hey, maybe Mitt can hire a turnaround specialist. You know, one that "gets the job done"... Oh wait, that was supposed to be Mitt.

    February 6, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Walt

    How come none of the main stream news media is covering the back door West Virginia deal, it seems a little too obvious and note worthy enough to warrant some coverage

    February 6, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. Tim, Cincinnati, OH

    The childish comments from others aside, Romney ran a great race. He should not be ridiculed for being successful and earning a lot of money as a result. Other than on abortion, he didn't change his position. The media liked McCain more, so Romney paid the price.

    February 6, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. Dave Diamond, Mont Vernon, NH

    Can't buy an election? You just have to know how.

    February 6, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. julie

    He actually might have made a good president but now Obama is pretty much the only one who stands a chance. the USA as a whole wont be making McCain the next pres, he's too unstable and Hilary has bad blood.

    February 6, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Christina

    Watch your words folks! The election is not over. Mitt has a strong conservative base. Forming an independent party might be an answer with Lou Dobb as the vice president. How's that sound? Great Huh! 🙂

    February 6, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Scott

    It is really sad to see how far left the Republican party is moving.
    Mitt was our only shot, so get ready for 15 million law breakers to become citizens, and do not worry about the millions of people who sign up to come to this country LEGALLY. All 15 million illegals should go to the back of the line and wait there turn like everybody else. Then look what comes next, Drivers Licenses, then Health Care, the Social Seciurity benefits.. it will never stop..

    February 6, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. 'Burgh Thinker

    I do not believe that using one's own money to campaign is an attempt to "buy" the election. To imply that someone is buying the election is to say that he/she is using his/her own money to compensate those who are voting for them. While campaign financing and the amount of money wasted on this process could be another entire subject, my opinion is that if someone wants to use their own money to finance their campaign organization and buy TV and print ads so be it.

    I really think Romney is a solid candidate. He has background running a state government, which is good. He also was very successful in the private sector, so his policies on monetary/business issues should be solid as well. I am really surprised McCain has managed to pull ahead so decisively. The evidence of his record indicates that he is by far the most "liberal" Republican choice. Should McCain win the nomination I don't see the Republicans having any chance at the White House.

    February 6, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. Sebastian Blax

    Having voted yesterday (not for Mitt), I am going to write my recorder today and find out how to unregister to vote completely. It's the only logical form of protest I can seem to muster together. For all of us who are tired of having to chose between the lesser of two identical evils, I think our message that, "it doesn't matter what lies you make or promises you spew, I'm not playing," would be a lot loudre than simply not showing up on election day.

    February 6, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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