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. John

    So you are going to bash someone for being successful and being a millionaire? Wow, that's a legitimate argument. I've been backing Romney for a while now, but after last night it seems like a long stretch that he can be the Republican front runner. Too bad, he had..has a lot of potential. Maybe he can work on becoming Michigan's next governor. Or hopefully maybe he will run for president again.

    February 6, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. CP from NYC

    Bob Stephens, you sound as ignorant as all the other leftist media that has labeled Romney a flip-flopper. It's funny that you don't mention what he has changed positions on. Hmmm.... is that because you don't actually know? Me thinks so!

    In a test of your reputability, name for me 2 presidential candidates that haven't changed positions on policies/issues. I'd love to hear what you come up with.

    In the meantime, let's rally around John McCain. Let's get behind a guy who has never changed his mind on any matters except the war (which he said would be "easy" and could be over "in a few months"), immigration, gay marriage, low taxes, his first wife (for ANOTHER Rich-chick) and wether or not he would still be a Republican when he nearly got on the ticket with John Kerry. Oh wait, Bob. I actually KNOW something about a candidate. I took the last 3 months of my freetime to research their positions and come to MY OWN conclusion as to whom I should support – sadly, I cannot draw the same conclusion from your, obviously naive, comment which you concluded after watching CNN. •

    • Note that I'm not suggesting that you actually "watch" CNN, just that you accidentally happened-upon CNN when surfing channels to find Nascar.

    February 6, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Rudy

    America will soon r'ealized and regret why they didn't vote for Romney. At any rate, he has been a made Man whatever happens. So, keep up your good works mitt! You can as vice President if the presidency is not for you! But its not over until its over right? cheers!

    February 6, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. bob carlisle

    its sad the better man might lose. still i wonder who will win 10 states first paul or huckabee or neither? probably neither, mccain and romney have each one 11 with 11 second places. romney has been fourth or worse once mccain twice. if only the people in the west had more delegates. america is divided. nevada, montana, utah, idaho, colorado, wyoming, the dakotas, and half of arizona have to sit and watch the rest of the country ruin the world. devide the country in fourths. we are too big i guess. like the ussr was.

    February 6, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Kevin Orlando fl

    It just goes to show that running a campaign based on traditional stereotyping of the electorate doesn't work anymore. The old one dimensional thinking is eroding a little more everyday. Not all blacks are voting for Obama, not all whites are voting solely on race, women are not being locked into voting solely on gender. We are a multi dimensional society that cannot be pigeon holed based on "traditional"ways of thinking. What we are seeing is what I have been hoping for for a long time. The demise of blanket ideology and the focus on several issues instead of just one or two bullet points. The end result of this election regardless of who wins will be the destruction of the old ways of thinking and a strong electorate that will vote according to a broad view of America and not according to the direction of a particular organization. The vast majority of us are not strictly liberal or conservative or whatever tag you want to pin on us. There will always be disagreement and debate. That's the purpose of our system. But there will be far more independent thinking and people of many different backgrounds supporting someone. It's what america has needed for a long time.

    February 6, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Ashman Roll

    Nice work naysayers. I'm glad to see you are content with would could be a long and liberal presidency. Say hello to higher taxes and the deterioration on social values if Mitt is indeed out of the race. But only 40% of the delegates have been spoken for and over the next month, republicans will become better educated on the uncommitted back-room deal-cutting politician McCain really is. Go Mitt Romney!

    February 6, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Mike

    Romney: happy trails....to you, until we meet again.....the majority of Americans are moderate Dems or moderate Republicans. The left wing and right wing will no longer be able polarize this country, except on the sideline whining while trying to keep the bench warm. In closing, say NO to Government mandated Health Insurance.

    February 6, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Ben, MA

    Poor Mitt... all the flip-flopping to popular positions caught up with him.

    February 6, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Jim, Burlington

    He also changed his stance on gays and gun control.

    He has no real support other than his own money, I guess he never heard of Steve Forbes...

    February 6, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. Tom Wittmann


    If you really care about the GOP and maintain your options open for future opportunities, opt out and endorse McCain, without condiions.


    February 6, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. Ken

    In the event that McCain buys his way thru this (no, Mitt isn't the only one) and faced with the prospect of another 8 years of McCain as the Bush clone (he's been a Senator for 25 years and has nothing of note to show for it) I will vote for Obama. End of discussion. We need change, not some old Senator that will be approaching 80 when he leaves the White House.

    February 6, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Glenn Doty, Columbia, SC

    Since I'm a big Obama fan (and Obama is still winning pledged delegates and likely to win the next 7 states... so I'm still quite optimistic about an Obama candidacy), I'm pretty happy to see Romney fade.

    I think that Romney would have been the biggest threat to Obama in the general.

    An Obama vs McCain run will be a downright laughably easy victory for Obama. 🙂

    For the GOP, I'm still hoping Huckabee manages to pull it out in a brokered convention, but that seems pretty unlikely now. *Sigh*. 🙂

    February 6, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Reg

    Time to quit and go home. I think Romney proved what a spiteful, vindictive spoiled little brat he really is. Very nasty person under that false face he displays in public.

    February 6, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Mike

    Romney is the best choice for conservatives but many Christians will not vote for a Mormon. It is too bad for the country.

    February 6, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. Doug

    As a conservative, I will never vote for the pretenders.

    McCain and the goofy preacher are despicable.

    They deserve what they will get in November.

    America will lose because the Dems will win.

    Thanks to the Democrat wannabes Cain & Huckster!!

    February 6, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. LfromTulsa

    Walt: please as if Huckabee would participate in such a deal (re: WV) This is a sad attempt from the Romney party to try and look holier than thou by accusing the other camps of foul play, please! Romney's words re: Dole were disgraceful & foolish

    The bottom line is money pave the way into the hearts of American's. Mitt was arrogant to think his cash could seal the nomination. Sadly, he is a phony & America saw right through it.

    February 6, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. Brian -- Delaware

    We all know that Romney wanted to buy himself a kingdom. But for the good of the country, please give it up know.

    February 6, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. Luke

    Ben, what position has Mitt flopped on? A list? I would be happy to debate you sir if you can't explain your position any better than that cryptic sentence.

    GO MITT!!!! You can still pull off a victory for our troops, our families, for AMERICA!! We need you sir and we need you badly – never give up and keep pushing despite the desperate struggle presented you. We pray for God's will for this nation, and that His will might be you. America still supports you, even if the biased news services and the pointless continuance of the campaign of Huckabee seem to be insurmountable. "Is the road uphill all the way? Yes, all the way to the very end." It is so hard, but it is so worth it. Keep striving!

    A word to states who have not yet voted – NEVER let the news services decide your candidate for you. News services put stamps on candidates like "front-runner" because they want to appear more knowledgeable and want to support a particular candidate, not because it actually is true. Yes, McCain has plenty of delegates at the moment. But do you think that's on his own merits or because Huckabee's campaign stole 7-13% of the vote from Romney in every Super Tuesday state? Always go and look at the Congressional Record or state legislative records for each candidate before voting – NEVER let biased news reporting make your deciding for you. If you do, you are not exercising your privilege, showing yourself a true American, or earning the right to a representative government.

    February 6, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. JB Oakland

    He will sit back and watch McCain/Huckebee lose in November.

    February 6, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. Paul

    Tim –

    Give me a break. Romney has changed his on far more than abortion and if you can't see that, you have blinders on. It seems that the first thing his supporters do is blame the media when things don't go their way. Perhaps they should blame a waffling campaign by a career flip-flopper who was born with a silver spoon and no convictions.

    John Weaver, a McCain adviser, put it best: "But if Romney wasn't born on third base, if he had to campaign and fundraise like everyone else, I'm sure he wouldn't be here anymore." So true...

    February 6, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. Midge from Ohio

    I am so tired of people saying he is buying the election. At least he answers to no-one, unlike other candidates who are bought. You people who vote for McCain, don't whine about the economy (he said he isn't familiar with economics), and don't whine about Iraq and how long we will be there. You knew his stance on both when you voted for him. If Romney is out it will be a two man race for me, Clinton or Obama??????

    February 6, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. Dave

    What are you talking about...Can't buy an election? The media has bought and paid for this election for John McCain. Also, I didn't hear any whining from Romney...SLC-Man must be hearing voices. Also, McCain switched on many more things than any of the other candidates...do your research people. The race is not over, and I am an optomist, but if Romney were to lose, it is a loss for the American people. Instead of a visionary candidate able to change things in Washington, we would then get some of the same old thing in Washington. I hate to break it to all of you, but America is living a lie right now. We have more national debt than we can ever possibly dig out of without a visionary leader. We are in a crises with Social Security and Medicaid. China owns more of our economy than we can even imagine (through Treasury bonds etc...). Inflation is going rampant and going to get worse. Gas prices are through the roof. We REALLY need an individual like Romney to maintain America's economic viability! But if we elect McCain (or Clinton/Obama) we will get more of the same thing which got us in this mess. No drilling in Alaska...it's too pretty. Let them drill in the middle east and use less clean technology to really mess up the environment. Not to mention empowering our enemies. Let's keep Social Security the way it is so our children can inherit debt and pay for our benefits, while not getting their own. I could go on and on, but will post now so many of the entitlement generation can try to rip apart my arguments. Just remember if you elect McCain, Hillary, Obama, you deserve what you get. More of the same, and the same Washington mentality is not economically or realistically viable.

    February 6, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. David, Boca Raton, FL

    Why are you liberals so ill-informed? The polls CLEARLY show that McCain polls substantially better than either Romney or Huckabee against the Dems. He is actually polled to beat Clinton in the majority of those souces. He is within only a percentage or two of Obama in the majority of these polls and has a slim margin over Obama in the remaining few.

    February 6, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Jewel, NC

    I have not voted yet as have not 3/4 of the electorates. McCain wins when we say McCain wins, not when he or the media claims his victory. If I have to vote for a liberal, it will not be a back door one like McCain – that is leral plan & it is working. That Huckabee deal proves they are both crooked, liars & cheaters. Been there & done that – not my vote.

    February 6, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. Luke

    Glenn Doty says it all – Romney is the strongest Republican candidate and one who has real leadership qualities. Even a Democrat has recognized that Romney poses the biggest threat to liberalism, thus he is the most conservative Republican. WAKE UP Republicans, if McCain gets the nomination it's a win-win for the Democratic party. They couldn't lose! Can you imagine a debate between Hillary or Obama and McCain, who has sided WITH them on almost every major issue on the floor of Congress during his tenure as Senator? What kind of a Republican is he? Look yourself in the mirror and ask that for a moment – what kind of a Republican IS McCain, especially compared to Romney?

    (Thanks Glenn, I needed that bit of encouragement this morning 🙂 )

    February 6, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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