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. It's Over

    Hey Mitt, save your dough! Huckabee's staying in, Mc Cain's getting the delegates. Do the math, it's not going to work. Maybe you should start campaigning for head of the LDS Church. New leader's 80, so how long could you wait.

    You faith is not the problem, you're flip-flopping is. Sorry, but no cigar!

    February 6, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. Lt Webb , Us Army

    We hope Romney stays in the Race because We refuse to ever , ever vote for Mccain Period

    February 6, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. Luke

    And by the way, I am SICK AND TIRED of people labeling Mitt a flip-flopper. If you can actually list what things you think Mitt flip-flops on, maybe your statements would have some credibility? As it is you're sounding childish, that's all. If you're going to make your statement, BACK IT UP, and try not quoting any biased news services while you're at it. 😉

    February 6, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. mike

    It's funny that this guy is trying to spend his way to the top with his own money. And he just keeps spending. Obama was right. Romney's business skills aren't as savvy as he likes to think – where's Rom's ROI ?

    February 6, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Amazing, but true, that people refuse to acknowledge and support Romney's superior qualifications when compared to either McCain or Huckabee. Romney is by far the most highly educated and experienced Republican candidate and very Best Man for President. Sad day when people will cast a vote for someone without a decent background like Huckabee or McCain, instead of a brilliant man like Romney.... who is shirked because he made his own money. Yet, voters declare that the 'Economy' is their prime concern. If voters are concerned about the Economy, then a Vote for Romney is the cure. Romney is brilliant and should be the next President.

    February 6, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Jeff, SC

    Do you know of any other public figure willing to shell out millions from their own pocket to try and help the country? He could have packed it in a month ago, but he believes he can help the nation, and as of 11 am this morning, there are over 4 million other voters who believe he can too. Mitt knows his stuff when it comes to what this country needs now to get turned around. He has the networking to put others in places where needed, so his cabinet would not be lopsided.

    February 6, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. Peter Speros

    I find it sick that there is an impression out there that many people want to see Romney fail because of his money. This is Un-American and un-republican. I bet a lot of you get a kick out of seeing someone lose money… If this is you, then you are not a republican. No wonder McCain is leading the party… It’s people like this and the religious idiots that are ruining this party.

    We deserve to lose in November. I won’t cast my vote, this election has clearly already been decided by ideologies, Washington politics and the media. We won’t learn our lesson till this country drives itself in the toilet.

    I hope Romney keeps fighting till he loses.

    February 6, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. CP from NYC

    Hey Mr. Coat-factory! Yeah you... from Burlinton!

    Did you notice that Mitt actually has $55 Million dollars in support that didn't come from his own pocket? Have you stopped to look at the total polpular vote and how Romney would've won it (by a land-slide) if Suckabee wasn't staying in it to be a spoiler? Not to mention he would be the delegate leader if Hucko wouldn't have pushed McVain through in a handful of key states.

    By the way, who is Steve Forbes?

    February 6, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. Robert NYC & Miami

    The problem I have with Mitt is simple. I am a liberal! But if I was a republican, I would have been concerned with Mitt being for abortion, then not. Gay rights, then not. He is Flip-Flop-Flipper, and he did not convince voters.

    Sop long Flipitty flop!

    February 6, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Dave

    If Romney is out, I will vote Democrat.

    Republicans for Obama!

    February 6, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Christina

    Governor Mitt Romney has a great "vision" for this country and its people. Like Abraham Lincoln, Mitt Romney is a "Winner." That character is found in his "DNA." It's not the candidate that losses–it's our country and our people–when we fail to make the right choice in choosing a leader who is gifted with sound leadership. Mitt Romney is a skilled leader for all season: for strengthening our miilitary, for saving our struggling economy, and for the upbringing of this American family (heritage and values). America "Divided we stand...devided we fall."

    February 6, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Bob

    To the idiots who keep commenting on things like how much money Romney spent, how he should stick a fork in it, how he "flip-flopped" on issues, and how he never had a chance – GET A CLUE. McCain and Huckabee are nothing more than lifelong politicians, set to serve the lobbyist and self-interest groups like the pandering idiots they really are. McCain has the intelligence of a walnut, and Huckabee can't see that he is being used by the bigots in this country to swing the majority to McCain.

    Money won't win a candidacy either – but bigotry and uninformed voters who are blinded by the "Maverick" war hero that McCain plays are going to serve the office up to whichever Dem candidate wins. The Republican party stands no chance with an "older than dirt" liberal candidate.

    If you want change in Washington – congratulations all you who voted for the senior citizen in diapers – you just elected a Democrat. You just voted for universal healthcare, bigger government, and an invitation to terrorists to do what they please ON AMERICAN SOIL, opened a party for immigrants everywhere that our country is their home even if they break the law, and a juicy economic prize to China or India that we can be bought as our dollar slips further and further down the toilet.


    February 6, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. Betty

    I am proud of Mitt Romney. He has not had any positive media coverage. If CNN would laud him as much as they have Hillary, Obama, and McCain, he would have won by a landslide! Come on, reporters, give him the coverage he deserves! Go, Mitt!!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Ellie

    I think the comments here reflect the real problem of our country. That is it is all about me-me-me. Rally around my party, so we can beat the other side and the hell to what is good for the country and the American people.

    February 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. No Way

    John Mccain will be asking the TRUE southern conservative to join his ticket–Fred Thompson. Huckabee will get a harsh dose of reality in a few months when he is left out in the cold.

    February 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Biden Backer/Seattle

    See ya, snake oil salesman. This guy is too slick and would have been horrible as prez. Then again, all the Republican candidates suck. I love it.

    February 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Jessi

    Romney has not contested Huckabee's right to be in the election. In all the interviews that I have heard, he is asked a question related to Huckabee's continued presence in the race even though he doesn't have many delegates. Romney responds that he respects the right of everyone to run and stay in as long as they want.

    I hope that we can all respect his right to stay in the race as long as he wants as well.

    February 6, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. Robert

    Mitt, please stay in the race! He is the best candidate, is correct on so many issues, and knows much more about the economy then anyone else. If Mitt doesnt win, at least McCain will hopefully learn something from Mitt. Just say no to illegal immigration!

    February 6, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. Marikay

    Mitt needs to mention what McCain did to him in W. Virginia in every speech he makes. He can't count on the mainstream media to report it. McCain is a Washington insider. Obama and Hillary are interchangeable socialists. At least with Obama, his personal life isn't a mess. I am a conservative and I will never cast a vote for McCain. Prior to the WV deal, I was going to vote for him if he emerged the nominee – for the sake of Supreme Court justice selection – but I can't do it. If McCain is the republican nominee, for the fist time in my life, I will not cast a vote for Pres.

    February 6, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. Steph

    I don't understand why people keep blaming Huckabee and McCain for Romney's poor showing yesterday. It's the *American* people who *voted.*

    I do hope Romney pulls out; he's not the true conservative here. Mike Huckabee is.

    Will Mitt Romney please stop trying to dupe the American people (probably not) with all his high-spending dollars and let us see and vote for the real candidates?

    If he wants McCain to win, he'll stay in.

    Huckabee '08

    February 6, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Jay Severin Has a small Pen1s

    I guess collecting all of those silver and bronze medals isn't enough. Is Romney set to abandon his party and the American people? I mean, he says he is the only candidate who can 'save' this country. How do you back away from that?

    The big thing on Romney's defeat: He left MA and moved to the right at the same time the Republican voters were moving towards the center. It's a big miscalculation on his handlers part. I mean, c'mon...the conservatives' policies have run us into the ground. At some point people say 'no mas'. They picked a moderate Republican who is still a warmongerer and has NO economic clue AND who actually had the most popular Republican talkies stating that they would vote for Hilary if McCain won. How did Mitt lose to that? Hysterical.

    February 6, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. Kurt

    Huckabee's appeal is limited to the South (and Iowa for some inexplicable reason) and he stands NO CHANCe of beating McCain or Romney in the rest of the country. He couldn't even beat Romney in WV without McCain coming to his rescue. Isn't it obvious McCain fears Romney far more than Huckabee? Why do you think that is? Because Romney can beat him one-on-one. Huckabee can't. Time to wake up, Conservatives.....

    February 6, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. Stimbot

    Romney should donate his millions to charity instead of wasting it on this futile campaign. He's the token evil capitalist character in every Hollywood movie.

    February 6, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. Dixie in FL

    Reply to Johnny Lawless:
    I understand where you're going with that, but Utah is only 60% Mormon. The way you account for him getting 90% of the vote is that he saved the Olympics which were in SLC. He was a headliner there every day during that time with wonderful reviews. You can account for John McCain getting 5% because there's an Air Force base there with retirees. You can account for Mike Huckabee getting 1% there because so many in Utah have been the recipient of bigotry that they recognize a bigot more easily than most.

    Incidentally, my husband is in Special Operations and is in his fifth tour to the Middle East. He and his crew catch bad guys literally every night over there and they are furious with John McCain's claim "I know how to get Osama Bin Laden". Their feeling is, "If he knows how to get him, why is he keeping it a secret? That's almost treasonous. And if he's just blowing smoke he should shut up". The active duty around here didn't vote for McCain, literally every guy my husband asked voted Romney.

    February 6, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  25. NELSON

    REPUBLICANS!!! WHERE ARE YOUR PRIORITIES? Mc Cain has you fooled!!! If you put him against Obama or Hillary we are Done! Mitt is the only one who can do battle against them! WAKE UP! IF YOU WANT CHANGE , WE NEED NEW BLOOD IN WASHINGTON!! NOT OLD Mc Cain and Hillary blood!!

    February 6, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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