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. Bill Hunter

    Is Huckabee really the populist candidate.

    Popular vote so far.

    McCain 4.8 million
    Romney 4.1 million
    Huckabee 2.4 million
    Paul 0.56 million

    And who should be stepping aside?

    Surely your not saying that it should be Romney.

    Hang it there Mitt, it's not over yet. Especially the battle for the heart of the country.

    February 6, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. HH, Pittsburgh, PA

    McCain is a warmonger who was one of the Keating Five. He traded the wife who waited for him for a trophy bride. He is bought and sold to the people who contributed to his tired Senate career. Here is someone who wants to "bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" and who thought that invading Iraq was a good idea because we have a global war on terrorism, and yet he wants to cover 15 million people who sneaked into the United States illegally with amnesty and without the benefit of security clearances. Yes, why just fight terrorists abroad when you can let them into the country and fight them here as well?

    No, I don't mind at all if the Republicans split their party, as it hasn't really been "conservative" since Goldwater ran in 1964. However, I truly, truly DISLIKE John McCain and there is no way that this mean-spirited, crotchety OLD MAN should be the Presidential nominee.

    February 6, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Mitt, Mitt, Mitt.

    It's time for you to realize that NOBODY WANTS YOU, no matter how much money you spend.

    Go back to the board room and do what you do best – buy out companies and cause layoffs, while making yourself millions.

    February 6, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Recovering Repub

    Well, if all the GOP wants to send is a McAmnesty-Applebee ticket, I'm gonna have to go with Obama. If Hillary wins, I'm gonna look at doing expatriate work for the next while.

    February 6, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |

    Better fot Mitt to use his hard own money than the money of special interest and lobbyists!!!!

    February 6, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Sharon

    Romney is too egotistical for my taste, don't let the door hit you on the way out Rom

    February 6, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. CRG

    Where woul the rest of the want to be canadates be if they were spending their own money. I believe in you. When you become president please start term limits on these seneters and congress people. 8 years like the president.

    February 6, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. CS

    Do we really want Mc Cain at the White HOuse?

    Though he was not convicted of anything, McCain intervened on behalf of Charles Keating after Keating gave McCain at least $112,00 in contributions. In the mid-1980s, McCain made at least 9 trips on Keating's airplanes, and 3 of those were to Keating's luxurious retreat in the Bahamas. McCain's wife and father-in-law also were the largest investors (at $350,000) in a Keating shopping center; the Phoenix New Times called it a "sweetheart deal."

    Mafia ties:

    In 1995, McCain sent birthday regards, and regrets for not attending, to Joseph "Joe Bananas" Bonano, the head of the New York Bonano crime family, who had retired to Arizona. Another politician to send regrets was Governor Fife Symington, who has since been kicked out of office and convicted of 7 felonies relating to fraud and extortion.

    Family Problems

    McCain has a reputation as a politician who has difficulty keeping his pants zipped, according to Republican sources. He acknowledges that his adultery broke up his first marriage. His second wife Cindy, the daughter of a wealthy Budweiser beer distributor, was addicted to prescription narcotics and even stole hard drugs from a medical charity that she ran. McCain acknowledges that she didn't want him to run, and only agreed once he promised that she doesn't have to go to New Hampshire or Iowa.

    February 6, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Christina

    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!

    I have watched Lou Dobb for years and he is a "viable candidate" to run for an office in the white house–in partnership with President Mitt Romney.

    What a perfect match. 🙂

    February 6, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. Jay Severin Has a small Pen1s

    Ha. The media gave McCain the election. Ha ha ha. In 2004, you all said the media was against Bush and he still won. The voters went against Romney, for whatever reason. You are the same guys who say the media loves the Clintons. The media HATES the Clintons. All you have to do is learn to read. If not, just watch CNN and MSNBC. Hate, hate, hate, hate the Clintons.

    February 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Patty

    I've been reading blogs where people are complaining that there is religious bigotry against Mormons when it comes to voting for Romney. I'm here to voice my unhappiness about the opposite – the fact that Romney got a ridiculous 90% in Utah. All Mormons voted for him just because he is a mormon. Isn't that another form of religious bigotry? I think that is also why he got so many votes in Arizona and Colorado. It is wrong to vote for someone just because of his religion, whether you are for it or against it.

    February 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Lucy

    It's time to recognize that the Bible Belt simply can't put their support behind an LDS Mormon who is nothing more than a prequel to Bush I and Bush II. I hope that Huckabee's surge tells McCain that he is a perfect running mate to win those tough Bible-Belt states.

    February 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. Joshua Botts

    Hang in the race Mitt!! I am a young conservative, and i'm so proud to defend your record with other peers. The Republicans need you to win this primary or like others have stated this will be a democratic win. You have what it takes, its time for America to wake up and see they are voting for quasi-liberal McCain and I don't understand politics Huckabee. You are the only candidate in this race that can stop the new liberal agenda. Romney fans lets pull this together and sweep the states coming up! We can do this! Also i live in Ohio, i'm doing everything I can to get you this state.
    ROMNEY 08

    February 6, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. Craig

    I think all the candidates truly believe they can help this country become a better place, but I am not sure they have the experience or expertise to make the right decisions to help us get there.

    Remember when the Olympics were in big trouble financially and Romney came in to save the day?

    When the country is in deep recession sometime during the next two years, see how well whoever gets elected is able to ease the pain of the economic downturn that is already underway.

    And make sure you put enough savings away from retirement, because in 15-20 years from now the social security system will be bankrupt since politicians care more about votes than fixing the system. It doesn't help that all candidates but Romney plan to offer amnesty and Social Security benefits to all the illegals in order to secure their loyalty and votes in the future.

    Romney knows these difficulties (and potentially many others) lie ahead, and it's a credit to him that he cared enough to spend his own money to try to help the country avert it.

    I hope whoever gets elected will find it in their capacity to help us get through it all.

    His major weakness is that he has not been in politics long enough to finess the political system.

    February 6, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. Randolph Monroe, Chicago

    Stick a fork in Romney he's done. The Rep ticket will be McCain/Huckabee to satisfy the conservatives and pull the southern states, no republican has ever won without a majority of the south, something Huck's got and McCain don't, and needs. Good job on Huck sticking it out. I'm an Obama supporter, but I like that Huck fought when the media tried to frame this race as McCain v Romney. Money can't buy you love or votes .

    February 6, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. julie

    How far would that $35 million have gone to help the poor and needy? Or, any charitable organization or institution would have welcomed it with open arms.

    Goes to prove you can't "buy" the American spirit.

    There should be a law that puts a cap on how much candidates can spend from their personal accounts...that makes the race for the white house more fair. It would open the race up, too, for those who might be very qualified but not willing or able to throw that kind of money around.

    February 6, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. Ron

    Save your money drop out.

    February 6, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. JW Morrison

    Mitt Romney was the only one that could win without the endorsements of special interests. McCain is a walking special interest. It looks like I will be voting Democrat this election. McCain does not support the issues that I find important and I have never voted for a party but for the right person in that position. Certainly, there is no one that fits that bill now.

    As far as Vice President, McCain will not be influenced by his pick. For those wanting a conservative for VP then you must be betting against the health of McCain.

    I will vote for Obama because at least he appears honest, which I don't feel from any of the others. If Ron Paul runs as an independent then I might vote for him.

    February 6, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. chuck

    Mitt sure has some great qualifications for improving the country's economic position; definitely better than any opponent. I just hope that the McCain/Huckabee alliance doesn't put the Republican party at a disadvantage with the Democrats. It is unfortunate to see the Republican party so divided and comments made by the various candidate teams so venomous. Although the Democrats have a much closer race they have already realized the importance of keeping the party strong.

    February 6, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |

    Mitt you are to good for this country. America deserves just what they are getting.
    I will support you if you continue to move forward, there is always a chance, but
    Huchabee is playing McCain's hand for him.

    Look at this election in another light, Hillary and Bill will not give up no matter what the cost and most people think it's time for the Democrats to win the White House. McCain will never win in November. I will vote for HIllary if you are out what will be the difference anyhow.

    February 6, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. Tamarah Cantu

    I'ts devastating to me that people around the country can't see through McCain & Huckabee's tactics, which are both cunning and men of hyprocracy. IF McCain wins the nomination, which is likely at this point, there are MANY of us REPUBLICANS that either won't vote in the November election or will vote for Clinton or Obama before they vote for McCain or Huckabee period. I'm voting democrat if that's the case.

    February 6, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. Benny G

    Tough going! It's either time to bring in Rove or lay your cards down and walk away holding to some respect from all the eyes that are up on you. If you bring in Rove, you can clean Huckabee closets and pickup whatever trumps he holds. Otherwise take a time out to be human, have a shot of bourbon and ride out of town. Peace!

    February 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. Tim

    Thanx to all of the Neo-Cons that helped Juan McVain and destroyed our party. You jealous bigots have won the battle, but you will lose the war. I guess we need a Clinton in office again to reunite the Conservative base. The Clintons were the best thing to happen to our party, so bring on Hillary. I know that she will be bad for our country, but not as bad as McVain. Might as well elect a real democrate instead of a want a be. You all better brush up on your Spanish.
    BTW, you think that they Swift Boated Kerry, well you ain't seen nuthin yet. Just wait till all of the truth comes out about McVain, you'll be ashamed that you ever supported someone like that.

    February 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. Amy

    I see many of you who are against Romney are using quotes used by the McCain camp – not exactly an unbiased source. Anyone who researched him from unbiased sources would see that he is not a flip-flopper. I think that it is unfair that many have written him off because of their jeolousy of his wealth – which he earned through hard work. Yes he has spent some of his own money to run in the election, but buying the election implies that he is paying to convince people to vote for him, or that he will be indebted to someone for his vote. He however is the only candidate who can honestly say he got the presidency off the sweat of his own back, owing no favors.

    February 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. Ollie

    D – You are so right, especially CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. For some time has played down Hillary’s wins and gave enthusiastic reporting for Obama. And speaking of Wolf Blitzer has anyone else sensed he talks down to the audience. He constantly repeats himself and what and interviewee has answered as if only understood or was it because he isn’t sure of what he or the interviewee is saying. I now turn to the other CNN when ever he is on. As for last nights reporting; thank goodness for the quick channel change button on the remote. I hope CNN will never have him cover another debate.

    February 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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