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. Something different

    To everyone who is thinking about sitting the national election out because they are disgusted with the Republicans:

    I'm certain there are some third-party candidates who would love your vote. Maybe consider looking for one who matches up with your ideals? Sitting out the election does nothing whatsoever. Voting for some TRUE change (i.e. not GOP or Dem) makes a difference.

    With the big parties, voting blocs count. With the small parties, EVERY vote counts. I'd love to see any one of these smaller parties get 5% of the national this Nov, and get the national recognition they deserve so there is a different voice heard other than "Big Government Left" and "Big Government Right".

    February 6, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Anne E., SLC

    Note to Johnny Lawless: You'd have to live in Utah to understand people queueing up in droves to vote for this guy. Devout Mormon and family man, "rescued" the 2002 Olympics from scandal, blah blah blah, conservative (well, at least THIS time around) - all the right buzzwords that the "faithful" out here in the "land of Zion" need to hear. I'm proud to say I DIDN'T vote for him.
    I'm happy to bid a fond farewell to Romney, with his flip-flopping, pandering, chameleon-like politics, saying whatever he needed to say to get votes. Seems his morals and "family values" haven't netted him what he believes he deserved. He'll come back, though......and I wouldn't be surprised if he has a different look, different message, different strategy. Flip.....flop.
    So long, Willard. Here's your hat, what's your hurry?

    February 6, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. DRC

    The math is simple- John wins- now the exit strategy matters for both "Huck" and Mitt- Huck odviosuly thinks he is VP material- bad move for John as I see it but why else has he satyed in?- Mitt on the other hand cannot be a VP this time- he has to think in terms of a 4 year and 8 year strategy- 4 if the Dems win the White House and 8 if the Rep. win- does he want to run again?- if so then all this matters if this is his one try then stay with it and see what happnes- $$$ is not his problem at the margins we are talking about

    February 6, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Phil, Reston VA

    Look on the bright side. Mitt created his very own $35 million economic stimulus package. On the other hand, I took great pleasure in watching Mitt come in 2nd or even THIRD in contest after contest. I think the Germans call that Schadenfreude - taking joy from the misfortunes of others.

    February 6, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. Manfred

    Hang it up, Mittens! It's time to continue being a bored millionaire again...the U.S. just isn't ready for the likes of you yet.

    February 6, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Billy Bob

    Why is a more moderate Republican pulling ahead? Because people are sick of neo-con (except when it comes to spending money, yikes) fundamentalist holier-than-thou George Bush. The pendulum is finally swinging the other way.

    Why don't you Jesus Freaks go back to church and leave this country alone.

    February 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. MB

    Mitt.. please stay in to keep Huckabee from making a comeback. We don't need anymore faith-based politics!

    February 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Scott

    Ben writes...

    Time to quit, Mitt. Huck has a chance to take down McCain if you get out now. You have none.<<<

    Well huck had a great night but it's probably being overstated. When it's all said and done he will probably have around 220 delegates to McCain's 740 or thereabouts. With only 1,073 delegates remaining that means Huck would have to score 90% of them. Romney would need 83% and McCain 37% of those remaining delegates. Huck had a great night but it wasn't nearly enough. The reality is that this is over.

    February 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. Sean

    I am sick and tired of hearing about how Mitt is trying to BUY the nomination with his money.

    Just think, if he wasn't using his own money, who's money would he be using????

    Ask Hillary and McCain and Obama where their money came from! They will be beholden to those large donars!!!

    Who will Mitt be beholden to?? NO ONE!!

    So he's using his own money so that he isn't having to pull favors for ANYONE!!

    Isn't that what we, as voters WANT???


    February 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Truthsayer, Boise, Idaho

    Congratulations America, you win the prize, ClintobaMchuck. Choose any one of 'em, same thing, America goes down the tubes. McCain looks like an idiot, sounds like an idiot, talks like an idiot, acts like an idiot. Must be an idiot. Huckabee looks like a crook, sounds like a crook, talks like a crook, acts like a crook. Must be a crook. Romney looks intelligent, sounds intelligent, talks and acts intelligently. Must be intelligent. Americans will never go for that. Makes too much sense. Americans act like idiots, sound like idiots, talk like idiots, love crooks, Nixon and the Clintons among their favorites. Americans must be crooked idiots, or idiotic crooks. There are both varieties out there, I'm sure. They'll vote for a crooked idiot, Democrat, or Republican, that's certain. BTW, when McCain, the idiot, gets the nomination, look for his running mate to be Huckabee, the crook. They cut a deal, for sure. Between media trashing and McHuckaduck bashing, Romney had no chance from the start, but he has certainly fought the good fight against impossible odds.

    February 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Steven Barone

    I voted for Barack Obama but I agree that America still has a long way to go in terms of religious and racial tolerance. Say what you want but Romney should have done much better. I am not LDS but I think America still doesn't understand the Mormon faith and quite frankly I feel that it is sad. I've lived her in Utah for five years now and have never personally run into any problems with any Mormons. My wife and I were attracted to the area because of the community values in general. It's a good place to live.

    We all need to be judging others by their character and not their religion, race, or gender. That's why I voted for Obama. I don't care if he was green with yellow polka dots. The man inspires me at a time when we really need change here in America. Certainly McCain or Huckabee don't offer that. Sorry Mitt but if I was you I would cut my losses and get out now. You have nothing to be ashamed of even though I don't agree with your ideas.

    February 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Heath

    I am glad that someone still embodies the American Spirit. Never Quit, and Never Die. I am proud of you. I served in the military and I would go to fight for you any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Take Care and God Bless.

    February 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. CMS, CA

    Jane wrote –
    "McCain and Huckabee played dirty political tricks to win. They have no chance to be our president, just another old Bob Dole. They are no match the Clinton's intelligence. Clinton will send them to the cleaners."

    I love people talking about intelligence when they can't even write correctly. ie. "They are no match the Clinton's intelligence."

    February 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. Shawn

    McCain = 100 years in Iraq = War is the solution = Draft = I cannot in good conscience vote for him. And I used to list him as my second choice. The more I listen to him, watch him, the more I realize that he feigning a Republican party affiliation and that is not enough reason to get behind him. I hope Romney drops out. He's been through enough.

    The liberal mainstream media propped up the two worst candidates. They fought against the best one. As a whole, our party is a bunch of suckers, we deserve to watch a Democratic victory this year.

    February 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. Bill, Richmond, VA

    Quit Mitt! It's not the year to hitch your wagon to tired conservative horses ready for the glue factory!

    February 6, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. DTC

    Romeny by far has most of the conservative votes.... but with McCain and Huckabee working together its fooling the outcome of the race.. McCain gets votes just for his name and military title. Why dont the republican parties actually listen to the debates see who needs to be in the white house... its ridiculous. Romeny is the only one who will win against a Dem. McCain and Huckabee are shooting themselves in the foot working together.

    February 6, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. Peter

    Richie Rich said last night that America and the economy would be far better off with a business person in the White House. Hmmm...that's what the Republicans said when they touted George W. Bush. And that's gotten us where? Does this guy ever listen to what comes out of his mouth?

    Mitt, the serial flip-flopper and pandering, needs to find another vocation: What about selling yachts? He certainly looks like a yacht salesman.

    February 6, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. An Arizona Voice

    MITT, if you don't get in now, we'll be waiting for you to show up for us in another 4 years....WE BELIEVE IN YOUR ABILITY TO LEAD this country with honesty, integrity, a trustworthy individual like yourself...hands down to the competition. It's no wonder the country swayed to McCain & Huckabee...it tells me tmany in our country are not ready for the QUALITIES you carry as a leader who truly loves this country first and not themselves like the others portray.

    Sadly, this will be the first time I see many in our party will stay home in November or vote for Clinton or Obama, before they vote for the bigotry in McCain & Huckabee.

    Stand tall Mitt!! WE ARE ON YOUR SIDE!

    February 6, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. DTC

    All that needs to happen is for Huckabee to drop out of this race he lost a long time ago... And we'll see the true results of which republican Candidate the Americans want.!!!

    February 6, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. Bill, Chicago, IL

    Regardless of what Romney decides to do – will the Ron Paul supporters please just go away now?

    February 6, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. Shannon

    First of all, can't he just go away now? I am so sick and tired of Romney and his whining and his flip flopping and his just overall bad attitude.

    Secondly ...

    Johnny Lawless wrote –

    "Does it scare anyone else that Romney took 90% of Utah? No other candidate took such a high percentage of any state."

    Not really ... Romney has a residence there and he was Head of the Organizing Committee for the 2002 SLC Winter Olympic Games ... plus he's Mormon. I expected him to win out there and win big. As long as he doesn't win big anywhere else I could care less. Besides, in the overall scheme of things I doubt Utah will have a very big effect in the end.

    February 6, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. joe

    this will most likely be a very uncomfortable huddle. this team has to be left scratching its head wondering what it is they actually have to do to win. mr. romney is a bussinessman and unless he is allowing his pride to rule his decisions, he must be looking at this endeavor with a more critical eye. at some point, the price for this venture will just not put him in the black when the total tally is written. mr. romney has to be doing some real hard soul searching on this day. does he concede defeat, or does he hold tough and fight another day? his prospects are hope that things can turn around and thus soldier on or call it a day and hope that no permanent damage has been dealt to his reputation.

    February 6, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. ryan

    I love reading comments about how Romney was the last conservative candidate, or the only one with a clue about the economy, because you obviously only watch the news.

    which doesnt talk about Ron Paul, the only candidate with different views from the others.

    He will protect our borders, remove all the illegals, abolish wasteful government entitlement programs and departments, and tie our currency to a real standard.

    February 6, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. Doug

    Thanks Bill Hunter,

    That is a very telling set of numbers. Most of the McCain states, if not all, will vote Democrat in the general. When McCain is the nominee, the Republicans will get their clocks cleaned. To bad!!!

    February 6, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. Cary Lacayo

    Romney has used up all of his flip flop cards in his deck in his hopes to win the nomination. His last one back firing horribly for stating that it was a two man race urging Huckabee followers to go with him. The people, not the media or the polls stood there ground yesturday with there vote for Huckabee and it now is showing that the people are seeing who really is the conservative candidate. Romney's antics, his do whatever and say whatever tactics to win us over arent working and it was seen last night and will continue to in the future votes. People need to seek within themselves who would best hold the postion as our leader to battle against the dem's. Huckabee is the most feared by those on that side, as Bill Clinton said speaking on who has what it takes. Huckabee's experience/10.5 years as a gov., his character in being genuine and authentic compared to others as seen in the last debate at the Reagan Center, his conduct with his rivals not to engage in tit for tat arguments as seen by Mccain and Romney when our country is in dire need for help and his communication skills that are easy to read and understand far out wiegh Mccain. It just goes to show that money cant buy everthing, Mr. Romney....

    February 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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