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. Bob Williams

    Well I guess it is time to call it quits on the Repulican party. I might as well vote for Obama if all I have to select from are three liberal democrats with John McCain bing the more liberal of the three.

    February 6, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. Lilarose

    Hi John and Dana (congratulations about your engagement!)

    Please note that your headers below this one mention Wednesday, Feb 5.

    Today is actually Wednesday, Feb. 6.

    Here is my chance to complain that CNN gave lip service last night to the tornados happening in the South. A couple of very short references to what was going on, because y'all were so caught up in the politics.

    Now this morning everyone is "long-faced."

    February 6, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Doug

    McCain and the Goofy preacher team up to beat the better candidate.

    As a conservative, I will never vote for these moronic pretenders.

    I just hope that after the Republicans get their butt handed

    to them in November, they will never try to win by nominating these

    types of Democrat wannabes again.

    February 6, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. Chris

    Romney should keep going he is the only conservative. I know lots of Republicans that just won't vote if it a choice between McCain and Clinton.

    Why does everyone scream for Romney to jump out now, but say nothing to Huckabee. I feel that everyone is against Romney because he is the only one that could fix our economy. Or maybe it's the fact that are country is still full of Bigots. Thanks Huckabee and the SBC.

    February 6, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. Big Geek

    When could you ever "buy" an election, Patty Don't? No amount of advertising is going make me vote for someone I don't like. Excessive advertising only irritates me. Do you think americans are dumb enough to vote for the guy with the most money?

    February 6, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. Nathan

    It is clear that Huckabee can't win outside the evangelical heavy southern and mid-southern states. It is too bad that evangelicals are so brainwashed against Mormons by their churches that they would rather ride a dying horse into the grave than vote for a broadly appealing conservative candidate like Mitt Romney. The good news is that Romney can out play Huck to the end. There are 50 states and only 10 or 15 of those have enough evangelicals to tip to Huckabee. Maybe Mitt can stay in it and then broker a VP spot with McCain at the convention. Huckabee is a divider and it is shameful how he has used fear of Mormons that has been trained into evangelical church goers over the years by paid self interested preachers like himself to unite a large swath of conservative Republicans against a candidate based more on religious bias than on political principal.

    February 6, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Mike Peterson

    I'm confused why people keep saying the Mitt is trying to "buy the election". How is Mitt "buying" the presidency any more than the rest of them? Do people who say this not see that every other candidate is also buying advertising. Just becuase Mitt is buying more advertising than the others, that doesn't negate the fact that everyone else is spending money to win as well.

    February 6, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Patrick

    WRITE IN ROMNEY 08!!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Jim

    Mitt give it up, you're through. The same goes to the talkmeisters like Rush, Coulter, and Laura Ingraham. You folks are no longer revelant anymore.....

    February 6, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. America Forever

    There is no "work to do" among the conservatives with McCain because we are leaving the party for this year if he becomes the nominee. He can't win his party's favor, he can't win the Democrats in November

    America you are so disappointing. Since when does an immoral, liar, cheat and traitor to his party garner so many votes? His shadow, Huckabee is a disgrace and you embrace him too. You will not escape the consequences of these choices.

    Romney, please "stay the course". You are an honorable man with an impeccable resume and your home life is to be admired. May their be a miracle at the end of the road, otherwise Huckabee will become the new Perot who lets the Democrats in by splitting the party.

    It's a shame America does not desire honorable traits in our candidates anymore

    February 6, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. Luci in ID

    We are behind you. You are the true "conservative'!!! If it is not right for this election, think about 2012. We need your kind of help in this country and if we go with either a Dem or John M., for the next 4 years, we will really need it then.

    Good luck.

    February 6, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. Luke

    Mitt has been stung, but not defeated. The very sad thing I see about this is that the pointless continuance of Huckabee's campaign has stolen about 7-13% of the votes in each Super Tuesday state away from the most conservative Presidential candidate this country has who has any chance of winning. If it wasn't for this Ross Perot of the 2008 primaries, Romney would have swept McCain from the delegate map. As it is, there are still plenty of delegates to be awarded, but the competition will be tough and the race uphill. However, a win is still possible, and not only is it possible, it is ESSENTIAL for the future of America!

    My message those in states that still have not voted – NEVER vote simply because someone has been called the front-runner by the media. Front-runner is nothing more than a term used by biased news service0s or ones who are anxious to appear like they know more than their competitors do. "Front-runner" doesn't tell anything more about the real candidate than a bowl of spaghetti about a pizza – it only refers to his blown-up or shrunken image manufactured by whatever media service there is. GET OUT THERE, learn about the candidates, make your OWN decision, and NEVER let the news media decide your stand for you.

    February 6, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. Dana, Arizona

    All three need to stay in the race. Actually all five should stay. In fact, let's have a November election with all five on the ballot.

    February 6, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Tootie

    He's done. Anything else is pure delusion.

    February 6, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. Rick

    Hmmm ... maybe it has something to do with Mitt flip-flopping all over the political map, making up his campaign as he goes along, and trying to be whatever he thinks will get him the most votes at any given time?

    Thompson's gone, Rudy's gone, Romney shouldn't even be running, and Huckabee only getting votes (after pardoning rapists and murderers) because he's a former minister that appeals to the theo-centric "MY God is better than YOUR God" evangelicals?

    Looks like it's gonna be Dubya's "maverick", butt-kissing LAP-DOG McCain by default – the one who told us that "Iraq was safe" as he walked around in full body armor, surrounded by a regiment from Apocalypse Now, got the market he visited shot up the very next day after his security detail left, and then had to back off his asinine statement to the press.

    Bring on McCain!

    And thanks, GOP, for giving us the White House in '08!

    February 6, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. Diego, San Antonio

    Gov. Romney will make a fine Secretary of Commerce.

    February 6, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. Vic, Brooklyn, NY

    McCain is not going to be the our next president in any cases. If he is a nominee, the all Independents (like me ) and even conservatives will vote for his opponent. No chance at all for McCain. In most of the states Independents were not be able to vote on Feb. 5. If we would have a chance, we will vote for Romney only. Do your math!!

    February 6, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |

    Keep Fighting Mitt! If Romney doesnt get the nomination then say hello to a democratic win in Nov. McCain isnt going to win!

    February 6, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. kejer

    What the heck do people have against spending money on elections. How else is a candidate supposed to advertise and get their name in front of people? Must be a Ron Paul supporter since he wasn't able to raise very much...
    Sore loser.

    Mitt, you had a good run, but perhaps you'd be better suited to making sure that Fred Thompon, instead of that hucklester, is the better Vice Presidential candidate.

    February 6, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. Brad

    Ok, so who are you voting for bobby? Hillary, McCain thats a great alternative.

    February 6, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. Doug in Florida

    McCain is just as much a flip flopper as Romney. It's just that the press took Romney to the ropes and spared McCain. Check out John McCain vs. John McCain on YouTube.

    February 6, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. Suzzie

    I hope Romney doesn't quit, if he does, I will probably have to vote democrat...

    February 6, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. josh


    February 6, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. John Deal

    McCain bought the election buy selling out the Republican party. CNN, NBC and the rest of the liberal media were the buyers in case anyone is wondering.

    February 6, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. Darren

    Well, looks like there's only two options left for Mitt right now. 1) Drop out of the race and support Huckabee, or 2) Stay in the race, and give your delegates to Huckabee at the convention.

    If he wants to really make a difference in this nomination process, those are his only choices left. Social conservatives or bust.

    February 6, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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