February 6th, 2008
01:02 PM ET
14 years ago

Romney set to huddle with top advisors

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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. Fran Martin

    Going forward, the only financial support for Romney's campaign will come from his own pocket. That in itself is a sign that he hasn't the backing he needs to win. He would be stupid to continue in a losing, uphill battle without a cash cow. Romney definitely appeals to the folks he identifies as "the" base, but he seems to have miscalculated that his base is NOT "the" base required to win.

    February 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Cindy Merrill

    "Wrongly" has only himself tp blame: instead of reaching out and at trying to act civil, he has alientated and openly insulted his political rivals....Huckabee is staying in the race just to make sure Romney loses!

    February 6, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. Shannon

    Ben wrote –

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

    JMO, but I really don't think Huckabee can beat McCain at this point. He'd pretty much have to win the majority of everything that is left and while I think he'll do well in the south and possibly the mid-Atlantic I don't think he can win in the west and in the north. I do however, think that Huckabee maybe a very wise choice for McCain as a running mate so that he can get conservative voters back into the fold.

    February 6, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. Ike

    This election clearly exposes voters illitracy and riotous emotion that blind reality.Gender, race, charisma, smooth talk, eloquency, likability conservatism are canker warms that degrade the fabric of our political process and becloud our view of awful reality; what a shame. Our nation political destiny any hope?My name is Sam and I approve this message

    February 6, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Steven Barone

    One more thing... McCain and Huckabee certainly played dirty political tricks to win with some sort of backroom deal. Huckabee wants to be the Vice President. Not to worry though. Time is on Obama's side now and McCain and Huckabee won't be facing Hillary. The'll be facing Obama. The more people get to know him the more they like him. Can you say "Obama Landslide Victory" in November?

    February 6, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Scott

    David writes...

    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.<<<<

    For the same reason all Mitten's Kittens are still saying he has a chance....denial.

    February 6, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. TennesseeCraig

    I know of 35 MILLION reasons ($$$$$) why it's time to regroup and reinvest in a different location. Good try. He is a great family man without a doubt, and a good American.

    February 6, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. Grandblvd03

    I encourage Romney to go on, spend nearly his entire fortune, lose, and then experience what life is like for the rest of America. Companies like Bain aren't hiring takeover/head chopper barons anymore, so maybe he'll have to "retrain" and "compete" with others on the "playing field." I'm sure his economic genius would be appreciated.

    February 6, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Mike M

    It is time for Romney to bow out. He couldn't win a single southern state and in the end may be taking away votes from Huckabee (how funny is that). I would like to see if Huckabee can make a run against McCain during the final contests, something he will not be able to do if Romney stays in it.

    Romney is done, time to leave.

    February 6, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Jack

    I voted for McCain, but It's nonsense to say that Romney was trying to 'buy the election' because he spent $35 million of his own money. Right. As if McCain and Huckabee wouldn't have spent their own money if they had had Romney's brains and talent (and willingness to work hard) in making it. Not mentioned is that Romney, until very recently, was also getting more money from contributors than any other candidate.

    February 6, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. jack, phoenix,AZ

    Sorry for Mitt. I will vote for Hillary ( and others right wingers) before McCain. So McCain can hang it up too.

    February 6, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. PDG

    The Republicans had better rally around a candidate because the American people will be just too happy to keep the same policies in place for another four years - who wants to replace war, recesssion and corruption with the alternative? No way! Republicans in '08.

    February 6, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. NJ Dem

    In response to Lawless' comment about Romney getting 90% of the vote in Utah, yes, that scares me also. And it supports my long-held beliefs that: 1) there needs to be an absolutely strict separation between church and state, 2)belief in any supernatural being causes many more problems than it solves, 3)any political candidate who talks about his/her "faith" can't be taken seriously as a contender for what should be a strictly secular position, and 4)any person who votes for someone based on his/her supposed "faith" is not thinking clearly.

    February 6, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. Scott

    Marikay writes...

    Mitt needs to mention what McCain did to him in W. Virginia in every speech he makes.<<<

    You guys are hilarious. That's typical of what happens at a brokered convention. If the roles were reversed Willard would have done the exact same thing. Besides, after Mitt's "quit your whining" statement it would look pretty silly for him to start doing it himself, dontcha think? By the way...that's good advice for you too.

    February 6, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Jim

    35 million later he has been in the top few in every state. Mitt won over 10 states and they are all over America. McCain won a bunch of states that are going to go to the Dems. The reality is America does not want change. They want Senators, with their 15% approval rating to follow one of their leaders and keep things the way they have been. Mitt would bring true change with his ability to implement change. The man has been successful in the non-profit, government and business sectors. His list of success is much larger then any of these Senators and this is why he has been under attack since day one. Huck can be happy that he put McCain in power. Crisp from FL will be the VP.

    February 6, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. Peet

    Mitt Romney = Michael Huffington

    Keep spending, Mitt. If nothing else, you can set the new record for $$ blown on a losing campaign.

    February 6, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. Todd

    Mitt 'Flipflopper' Romney is such a LOSER!
    I hope he drops out today, I'm tired of seeing his bad hair dye job on TV.
    Buh bye Mittens!!

    February 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. Ian

    I wonder what Jesus would do.

    February 6, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. David

    Might as well see it to the end, Romney. the Huckster will, too. this GOP field just sucked this election. well, the establishment candidates did, not Dr. Paul since he is not a bought-off, CFR bum-kisser like the others. McCain is scary as POTUS. we'll be at war with Iran.

    February 6, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. Kathleen Hurst

    Hang in there Mitt. Everybody thought the Patriots had it in the bag too. We all know how that turned out.

    February 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. maynard

    mitt you cannot buy the seat. save your money we are headed for a depression.

    now is the time to bow out,

    February 6, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. Shawn McAllister

    I am sorry... but I don't see how anyone could support a candidate that wears holy protective underwear.

    February 6, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. John B

    Mitt is history. McCain will get the nomination and then "Swift Boat " the
    Democrats in the national election.

    February 6, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. J Man

    Mitt is our countries only hope to clean up and fix all the messes that have been made by the current administration. Also, he is our only chance to beat a democrat this election. No matter how bad I hate the democratic candidates, there is no way in hell I would vote for McCain or Huckabee (even though he has no chance), and there is no way in hell either of the two could beat a democrat. McCain is too much like Bush – not well spoken, thinks the war is a good thing, etc. – and Huckabee is an idiot who thinks running the country is like running a church. The only reason Mitt isn't running away with this is because people are afraid of his religion. Get over it people, his religion doesn't matter, he is a good moral candidate. Come on Mitt, you can do it!! He's our only hope.

    February 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. mama5

    It's never too late to take the republic back.. Don't give up, continue to rally support for a true conservative, MITT ROMNEY. We need someone with the skills and ability to run this great nation and John McCain does not have those skills. He is dedicated to making "nice" with the democrats and their liberal views. Choose someone who will stand up to the democrats and has the knowledge and energy to stop them.

    February 6, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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