January 30th, 2008
05:17 PM ET

How can Romney catch McCain?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/30/art.romneyfl1.gi.jpg caption=" Mitt and Ann Romney in St. Petersburg, Florida."]

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's too soon to compare him to Secretariat, but as John McCain moves toward the backstretch in the presidential horserace, he's beginning to open up a lead that will make him tough to catch.

Giuliani's gone, a casualty of one of the biggest miscalculations in American politics. Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul are still around but are irrelevant. Only Mitt Romney has a shot, and it's a bit of a longshot. Nevertheless, Romney is vowing to carry his campaign into the 21 states where Republicans will vote on Super Tuesday next week.

In his concession speech last night, Romney called on conservatives to support him - as he promised to cut federal spending, end illegal immigration, and teach children "that before they have babies, they should get married."

With the Republican field now smaller, Romney's campaign thinks they'll be able to better highlight the differences between his business background and McCain's Washington insider status.

But Romney's got his work cut out for him. Heading into Super Tuesday, McCain now has momentum, and he has the most delegates. And it's possible Huckabee could hurt Romney by staying in and drawing some conservative voters, especially in the South, away from him.

This all means the next week will probably get even nastier between McCain and Romney than it's already been. Look for it to start tonight at the Republican debate in California.

Here’s my question to you: What does Mitt Romney have to do to catch John McCain?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

James writes:
Jack, Apparently talk more about terrorists. Here in Florida, every ad I've seen by McCain starts with him saying, I know Floridians are worried about radical Islamic terrorism. Personally that’s the last thing I'm worried about with all these other problems facing the nation but apparently he was right, because he won Florida. Romney should tell us how afraid we are of terrorists and then publicly support Bush in everything he does just like McCain and maybe he has a shot.

Ruth writes:
Bring up his stand on the war and the war and the war.

Kevin from Illinois writes:
If Mitt Romney wants to catch McCain, he needs to switch parties and be Obama's vice president.

Dan writes:
I disagree with the premise of the question. Paul and Huckabee are far from irrelevant, and this race is far from over. See you at the Republican Convention, Jack.

Dennis writes:
Jack, there's nothing Romney can do. The writing is already on the wall: McCain/Huckabee is the only ticket that can give the Democrats a real run for their money. McCain knows it, Huckabee knows it... it's time Romney realizes it.

Beth writes:
Mitt should stop the attack routine on McCain and simply stress his decent business record and how he would help our country economically.

Diane from New York writes:
Maybe he could let some of that hot air out of his over-inflated ego!

Karyn writes:
Romney will never appeal to most Americans as long as he keeps touting his "managerial" experience. Do you love your boss? I didn't think so.

Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. David of Natchez

    Put on a leather biker jacket, some chains and ride a Harley into the debate.

    January 30, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  2. Chris

    If he doesn't I'm voting for the Democrat Nominee.

    January 30, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  3. Mike

    Jack, what Mitt Romney needs to do is ask John McCain what the definition of "conservative" is.

    January 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  4. Marty

    Romney would need to become a Christian and a war veteran overnight. Ummm... I will cross my fingers and wish upon a star.

    January 30, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  5. Eugene in NorCal

    Jack, Romney could catch and pass McCain, if the truth about McCain's position, on comprehensive immigration reform slips out, from a reliable source. If elected, Mad Man McCain will ram amnesty down our collective throats, with the backing, of a democratic congress. If you think medicare, social security, hospitals and our educational system, to name a few are, in bad shape now, wail until McCain and our feckless congress open the flood gates, to 30- 50 million illegal aliens. Our nation's infrastructure will be bankrupted shortly thereafter, when illegal aliens, that never payed into the system start receiving benefits.

    January 30, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  6. Shelley

    Romney must continue to stress that Washington is broken and specifically state how he can fix the economy and how the economy impacts all areas.

    January 30, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  7. Scott

    why would he want to, the party for the republicans is over,
    they stole everything that the middleclass had.
    who'd of subprimed that, we got halliburtoned agian.
    and alls well that enrons well.
    those are the most recent republican victory.
    all under thier watch.
    there runing a looseing race, they'll be bob doled agian.

    bowling green,mo.

    January 30, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  8. tco

    I'm just happy they can pronounce "liberal." Now, let them try another word: "nuclear." Isn't that the way the GOP picks candidates?

    January 30, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  9. Randelllee

    Jack I think that Romney is doing just what he needs to do. He's talking about the issue's and what his plans are to pull this country out of the quagmire that it seems to have gotten it self into. And has some Great Idea's! I listened to Romney's speech last night after his lost to John McCain in Florida, and his words really touched and inspired me!! People have the right when prov-en that there may be a better way to do things to change their minds, and Romney has taken a stance on things that maybe he's had a different view of before, because he believes that "My Way or the Highway" is not the way the American People want their Leaders to behave them selfs. A good Leaded is Opened Minded and is willing to admit when their wrong! Something that the people in Washington know nothing about! I rest my case!!

    January 30, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  10. W B in Las Vegas

    probably his best bet is to keep hammering on the economy and his business experience BUT that's also a two edged sword as his Bain Capital company, where he made his fortune, specialized in downsizing and outsourcing. I doubt that the average hourly worker is going to vote for someone with that business record once it becomes general public knowledge. that's his "swift boat".

    January 30, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  11. Michael "C", Lorton, Virginia

    Mitt Romney will not only catch McCain, but he will win the nomination.......you know why...........he looks like a "president."

    January 30, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  12. Ralph

    Jack, should Giuliani and Huckabee decide to drop out of the race, Romney, whether or not he gets their endorsement may have a chance to catch the runaway train from Arizona. Should Giuliani offer to be Romney's running mate, this may be a winning ticket for the GOP, as he is still quite popular around the country.

    January 30, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  13. Larry

    Mr. Straight Talk seems to be exempt from the truth when it pertains to him. He is a maverick that has been sent to detention more than once.

    There is a picture of the Keating Five that bears a strong resemblance to John Mc Cain. And he tells us he doesn't understand economics too well. What a fibber.

    Romney better start firing back or we will have all the wars Mc Cain can find. Look out Cuba.

    Dunedin, Fl.

    January 30, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  14. Jack in Georgia

    Romney needs to press McCain on Ecomomic Issues as Ron Paul did in the debate the other night and all McCain had to offer was the strategic planners,( that he has in his pocket, ) he would employ for advise.
    The economy and "Illegal" Immigration are the biggest issues facing us today
    and not the Bush War. Vote All Incumbents O-U-T !

    January 30, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  15. Terry

    McCain will be the Republicans best chance to beat either Clinton or Obama.

    January 30, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  16. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    Sure he can, all he needs is to get a net and a fishing pole.

    January 30, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  17. Thomas, FL

    He needs to make sure there are some big bingo games all across the country on Super Tuesday, so he can distract all the seniors who would be voting for McCain. It's really a shame that those who have the least at stake are the ones deciding our future.

    January 30, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  18. Jason Spurlock


    **Huckabee Accepts Veep Post from Romney!!**

    Here's the deal: Mitt is going to continue to be shut out of the elite circles of the Republican bosses. Crist's 11th-hour endoresent (with Mel Martinez) gave him the 75,000 vote push in FL's latino southeast last night. Rudy is dog-piling, too, trying to save face and not lose his influence. Mitt is going to get smacked around...right out of his $100 million bet on the White House.

    Mitt has to be cool. He has to play it right. McCain would go with Crist as his Veep a million times over Huck. That's not a secret (to everyone except Huck, as he continues to play nice and pander to Mac in hopes of the Vice-pres nod).

    Why doesn't Mitt head 'em off at the pass and secretly offer Huck the Vice job today??? Before the debate tonight?? And take the wind out of the Guiliani endoresment today!

    With Huck and Mitt, the south could be won. The Heartland could be won. The illegals would be stopped. Hell, the IRS could be abandoned!! The economy could be fixed. And evangelicals would vote "their conscience" with Huck blanketing the Mormon!

    Please help me not vote for a democrat in November! McCain is already the canidate of "more war," "your jobs aren't coming back," and "the illegals aren't going home!" WTF????

    A proud father, anti-war, US Air Force verteran, college educated, former PAC member, God fearing Mormon Conservative from Kentucky,
    M. Jason Spurlock
    Melbourne, FL

    January 30, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  19. Arjav Ezekiel

    I think the only thing that can really hurt McCain at this point is his quickly evaporating war chest. Florida obviously gives McCain tremendous momentum going into "Mega Tuesday" and the only conceivable way Romney can catch up is if Huckabee drops out and Romney outspends McCain in the south. It is pretty clear I think that McCain will win California, a state that is home to mostly moderate Republicans and New York in the wake of Giuliani's endorsement.
    I would be shocked if McCain did not come out the big winner after next tuesday.

    Arjav Ezekiel
    -Kenyon College '10

    January 30, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  20. jim Scottsdale AZ

    The Economy is a mess the dollar had dropped like a rock , our subprime securites have ruined Banks around the World and at home. We are sending jobs everywhere, but the U.S.

    McCain has admitted he knows nothing about the Economy. Mitt is a business guy that understands it.

    I would hit the economy so hard that is what people are scared about and the only thing the Whitehouse and Congress can come up with, is reduce the rates and give peole more debt?, how stupid is that?.

    McCain is so weak on the economy it is scary. I would go deep and show he does not know what he is talking aobut. The package is stupid. Romney needs to stop kissing Babies and be a Man and act like one. How are you going to fix this mess and stop with the B.S.
    Go to your strength not your weakness when he goes to Foreign Relations what does it cost to be in Iraq for a 100 years what kind of a comment is that?.

    Why did we not catch Osma? Mitt how are you going to catch him Bush could not with a trilion dollars?? Focus and finish the job.

    The Republicans let the American People down, they did not catch Osma shame on you.

    Mitt the economy and catch Osma?? Nail it!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  21. Julia from NJ

    Romney's rich. I'm sure he could just buy the damn thing.

    January 30, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  22. Bert D

    Good analogy Jack. But I suspect this story is less of a horse race and more like the story about the turtle and the hare.

    January 30, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  23. Kevin, Ohio

    With John McCain win in Florida and the endorsement of his good friend Rudy Giuliani will propel him for Super Tuesday elections. The only way Mitt Romney can stop him is to remain consistent in tonights debate that Washington is fundamentally broken and he can fix it as a Washington outsider. If Romney can strategically lay out his arguments and a plan to fix Washing then McCain will not be a threat to him on Super Tuesday.

    January 30, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  24. Vinnie Vino

    It all about the money, if Johnny Mac runs out of it then Romney could catch him.

    January 30, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  25. Minda

    Not sure which is worse, the plastic fantastic Romney or the old (emphasis on old) war horse. The GOP needs life support. The only thing that could win this election for them is for the democrats to select the wrong candidate, Obama. This country is still a very racist place, but it is not Hillary Clinton that is racist, but rather the pretentious press who are prone to easy slams and projections and the voting public that will vote their race or wedge issues every time. The race will be as close as ever, this country has not changed all that much in the last 8 years. The only difference is the gloomy economy and the forever war. These two issues will determine the winner in the end.

    January 30, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  26. John from CT

    How about this Jack:
    If you want a president who wants to stay in Iraq for 100+ years then John McCain is your man.
    If you want a president who knowingly distorts the truth - a liar– then John McCain is your man.

    January 30, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  27. paul aka odb

    I sure hope so he is the only one I will vote for from either side........

    January 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  28. Marie Arlington Tx

    Don't know but I sure hope they don't beat each other up too badly.

    We independents will need a back up plan if Clinton's dirty politics win her the nomination.

    January 30, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  29. Suzanne

    If Romney stresses McCain's stratagy is to much like President Bush; Ronmey will have to keep voiceing this every chance he gets. Because if things go on as they are our country will be broke.

    I have confidence that even in the South people will listen.
    Mr. Romney is a conservative man and also believes in the American workers, that will make a difference all over the country .


    Houston, texas

    January 30, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  30. Wendel

    Romney needs a new strategy. He needs to court the conservatives before McCain does and get the endorsements of key Republicans. I think he should focus more on international issues and security rather than the economy. Romney can still win, but he must not attack McCain. Instead, he needs to run ads that promote his conservative values while people know McCain is a moderate.

    January 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  31. ben

    Who cares, cause they don't really care about us. Rich get richer, and who is poor, don't know them!

    January 30, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  32. Paulette Bent

    All Romney has to do is keep running. McCain will trip himself up eventually because he speaks out of both sides of his mouth and sooner rather than later he will self destruct.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  33. David

    Scott's response points out what is wrong with the american people as a whole. We spend more time bashing our "opponents" and less time talking about what we can do to fix the problem. It's time for us to stop being democrats or republicans, and start being Americans

    January 30, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  34. Dari


    Keep spending his millions to keep trying to buy the Presidency.

    It is the only thing that Romney has been completely consistent on in this entire campaign!

    January 30, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  35. Rex in Portland

    Hire a better ad agency. Peiple will buy anything if it is promoted long enough and hard enough. (Bayer vs. aspirin)

    January 30, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  36. Tom

    If people wanted Romney to be president he would get contributions from the people. Obviously, Mitt believes he can sway the people by purchasing as much TV time as possible. This hasn't been working as well as he would have liked so far. The question is: Does he have enough money to do so? After all, he only has $400+ million. With his money, I'd bet he could run for governor of Utah or become one of it's senators.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  37. Greg from PA

    If Romney hired a couple thugs to whack McCain in the shins, I bet he'd catch him then. Or at least he'd best McCain in Olympic figure skating.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  38. JR

    Sadly Jack, the answer is no if McCain or Billary end up being our two nominees!

    January 30, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  39. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Mitt Romney needs to stay the course and keep talking about the economy and his solutions which McCain knows nothing about and has admitted he knows nothing.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  40. LP

    I'm a member of the middle class, but I don't have a savings account... I also don't have to worry about taxes on my non-existent stock dividends. Capital gains and death taxes aren't relevant to my situation either. Mitt Romney offers me nothing that I need. He appears not to have delved into the realities of the middle class. He is totally out of touch. He needs a total immersion reality check.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  41. DavidB

    If history is any indication Jack, I would have to say a resounding NO!, becuase the more times these canidates say there will be change the more they remain the same. The two party system is set up provide a race filled with money that we ever be beholding to such money. Here`s how it works (quite simple really) big business supports both sides until they see which way the wind is blowing then they give that side a big shove....and bingo they have winner without loosing the support of other for the next round four years later. Cool eh Jack.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  42. Jenny from New York

    All he has to do is take a little more money out of his kids' inheritance money.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  43. Josh

    It's too late. Unfortunately he is aligned with the Church of LDS and despite what they (the church), and many good friends of mine (LDS members) say ... the church does exert control. Many people just don't trust this source of control and I believe this will make it impossible for Romney to catch McCain.
    What does it matter anyway ... voters are smart enough not to give the Republicans another 4 years to run us into the ground. Although, hopefully they'll take their chances if our democratic choice ends up being Hilary (bigger disaster than a Republican in office).

    January 30, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  44. Peter Duce

    We are at an all point low. No longer are we among the most respected countries in the world. Seven years of zero leadership, no ..make that negative leadership...and now we are faced with no choice with Hillary and McCain. I am 59 and have NEVER missed a vote for president, or any other for that matter. However I will not vote for the first time if one of those two are my only choice. Not only that I will lower my flag to half staff on election day.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  45. gershon levitt

    Jack - the genius of our system is that it tends toward the center. Radical change represented by the likes of Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, Tom Tancredo, etc., is fortunately marginalized. The fact that Washington is broken now shouldn't be generalized. It's broken because the current administration tried to govern from the right instead of from the middle. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. Over time the system has worked pretty darn well.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  46. Stan Booker

    Most of the elecorate are public high school products, hence most have not been taught critical thinking, so they don't know how to filter and evaluate the manipulative BS that is fed to us by compliant news media. Conspiracy theory suggests that this deficiency is intentional. Dumbells are much easier for the ruling classes to control while maintaining the illusion of democracy in a one-party system (with liberal (Democrat) and conservative (Republican) wings. Nothing changes if nothing changes.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  47. Alex

    I don't think Romney can catch McCain. What is really helping McCain this election cycle is electability. This is a year when the democrats let the Hoover Dam open and unleash the flood of "change." Anything that looks like the GOP will have a shot in this election is very appealing. I think that conservatives really want Romney, but they also understand that Romney is George Bush's clone, and that won't sit well with the public. This is a desperation year for the GOP, and a fractured coalition will stand behind the candidate who will win them the White House, and that is McCain.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  48. Michael "C" from Lorton, VA

    All Romney has to do is "be Mitt Romney." He will not only catch McCain, but will win the nomination.........why?...........because he looks like a president.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  49. Bert

    Dear Jack:
    All Mitt Romney has to do is stay on point, and the point is that allowing Illegal immigration or amnesty is really nothing more than looking the other way while our least well off American workers are having their jobs and reasonable wages stolen from them while the employers exploit the illegals and the money that should help support the American economy, ends up in Mexico.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  50. Ryan

    American's (sometimes) unspoken biases run too deep. Few would actually say they won't vote for him because he's a mormon, but anyone who denies that it's a factor in many people's silent decision making process is naive. To overcome that hurdle, I think he's going to need to change his image into something more in line with what's really driving the Republican nomination... who can actually win in November in a national climate of backlash against Republicans. Any Republican who can't pull moderate or independant voters, may as well step aside right now.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  51. Ben

    His enemy isn't McCain, Jack, it's the democratic candidates. He needs to prove to republicans that he can beat them in a general election. If he can't beat McCain in a primary, how could he compete against Obama or Clinton?

    January 30, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  52. Patrick from York, PA

    Romney needs to attack McCain's amnesty policy which allows illegals to buy their way into the US. Since when did $5,000 equate to being an American.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  53. Bradley Johnston

    I don’t really think so, people keep supporting the candidates who long to go to war and that support the actual wars that are driving the U.S. to a recession, people in the States have a lot to learn from “undeveloped” countries like Costa Rica that instead of wasting their money in wars they use the little money they have in building schools and trying to bring up the stats, this is why Costa Rica has a 98% of alphabetized population and less than 4.5% unemployment. You should be using your money to attend your own problems first instead of making problems bigger in other countries. You people are undeveloped, mentally.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  54. Dave

    Who cares...

    January 30, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  55. DAK

    Unfortunately Jack, Huckabee is still relevent. As long as he remains a player in this race, he takes votes from Mitt Romney and pushes McCain towards a win. And, don't you think that's the object here? I do!
    Again, all you have to do is look into McCain's long long voting record and you will see his "straight talk" is NOT that straight on immigration, and especially on earmarks.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  56. Tony

    Romney should have been a Democrat, then he won't have to switch his positions so many times.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  57. Katie in GA

    In order for Romney to beat McCain he needs to address the concerns of the oldest generation because I think the only reason they are voting for McCain is that they are worried that Romney will end social security and reform Medicare and they don't want to see any change in that area because that is their sole source of income. Personally, I think they need to change but I'm one of the young ones and not enough of us are going to even vote to help make the changes that will affect us. I believe it is definitely hypocritical of us to say the economy is our biggest concern but then continue to vote for Hillary or McCain who will just make that situation worse. Katie in GA

    January 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  58. mike studders

    watch carl rove, romney is not the candidate of change, he is the multinational corporations pretty boy...the worse possible choice at the worst possible time. when are you media types going to look into his moves at bain capital. if it's hillary and romney i'm for someone else. maybe anyone else.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  59. Karen

    I hope he can show McCain not to be so honest as the media and people believe him to be. McCain has also flp-flopped. His major issue is to scare us with terrorism, so we will vote for him. I find him rude and stubborn. Well we already have a president like that. Why would anyone want another? He is not an evangelical Chrsitian any more than any other. He is pandering to us. His war hero status is worthy; just like the 3000+ we have lost in Iraq. He loves a fight, another Bush trait. When he is done we will still have unsecured borders and ports, because the bodies he needs to do that job are all in Iraq and the money needed to do that job is being spent in Iraq. That leaves zip to provide for illegals, although no doubt he will bring them in, no money to fight drug wars and gangs, no money to improve our schools and absolutely zip to help those who need healthcare. McCain has had years to improve this country. If he the nominee, I a fiscal, conservative, evangelical Christian, independent will use my vote to vote democrat.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  60. Vicky

    Jack, Romney can catch McCain just by letting him talk.When McCain was asked a question about the economy by a reporter he said that finances were not his strong suit. Excuse me but did he forget he is running for president of the United States and our finances are part of that job. When asked if knowing what he knows now would he still vote to go war with Iraq and he said he sure would. This man is not running on a full tank. Someone forgot to tell him the American people want out of Iraq. I know John McCain has been around a long time and the media is taking it easy on him. This needs to stop. This man is running for the office of President of the United States and should not get a pass goal card

    January 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  61. Unbelievable


    I don't believe there is anything that Romney can do to catch McCain. He will try to call McCain a liberal – it won't stick. He will try to make McCain look weak on the economy – it won't work. McCain has too much respect from moderate to liberal conservatives that Romney is not going to be able to damage that. The only thing that could potentially hurt McCain is McCain himself if he does not find a way to pull enough of the ultra conservatives onto his side for the Republican Nomination.

    Dan – Colorado

    January 30, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  62. bob from dover delaware home of the military morgue

    What does Mitt Romney have to do to catch John McCain?

    Not much 1,000 plus delegates are needed and so far only a handful have been declared. Mit Romney is the only candidate republican or democrat that got health care for his constituents. He is also the only one that understands the word illegal in "Illegal Aliens" is an important factor to not be overlooked. When the $300 tax rebates are sent out to Illegal Aliens or if John McCain doesn't stand up in the Senate and cause a Ruckus about the fact that Illegal Aliens are now able to get those rebated then America will throw him to the curb.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  63. Chrissy

    He will have to get John Wayne to endorse him. It's either that or ride a pale horse.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  64. Jane

    Jack, All he has to do is decide to spend a few dozen more than the $40 million he's already decided to put into it. I'm from Massachusetts, and I lived through his years in office. More importantly, I'm trying to survive the mess he left behind. With his much–heralded changes in state tax structures, all of our other taxes and fees skyrocketed, our infrastructure collapsed, our unemployment soared; and most of us who were willing to give him a chance because of his liberal views can't believe that his flip-flopping on significant issues hasn't been picked up by his true believers. He's a disaster – but his personal fortune will probably give my state's misery a nation full of company.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  65. David Harlow

    Romney is done. It's only a matter of time. The polls show that McCain leads in most of the Super Tuesday states.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  66. Michael M Phx AZ

    Wrong candidates still top the Republican list...It should be Ron Paul, as he is the only one who seems to understand the problems better then either of the top runners in both parties. And I'm not Republican, but would vote for Ron Paul if Arizona had an open election law to vote for whomever you wanted in this phoney primary where there are something 50 candidates on the "Presidential Primary" ballot.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  67. annie

    I certainly hope not. Mitt Romney creeps me out. And it's the same kind of creeps I got in 2000 and 2004 every time I heard George W. speak. I will pay attention to those feelings forevermore.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  68. Kevin J. O'Brien

    He is younger and can run faster..............having said that, I see a real change in the Republican Party, moving away from Reaganism to "Socially Acceptable Demagogery".

    Is there anyone out there who agrees that we need to get the Liberal Press to stop Demonizing the Republicans, Glorifying the Democrats and give us the real skinny on issues.

    I for one, am tired of having to vote against someone, instead of for someone.

    Mitt will be hard pressed to catch Mr. McCain, but there are enough states left that can support his issues. The toughest road to how, will be the issue of "Politician vs. Business Man", which I find difficult to swallow as well since Romney was a Governor at one time.

    IKE anyone?

    January 30, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  69. David, Mississippi

    Romney doesn’t need to do a thing. He should try to become McCain’s VP. That way when McCain keels over he’ll be president. See? Everybody wins - except us.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  70. James

    Apparently talk more about terrorists. Here in Florida every ad I've seen by McCain starts with him saying, I know Floridians are worried about radical Islamic terrorism. Personally thats the last thing I'm worried about with all these other problems facing the nation but apparently he was right, because he won Florida. Romney should tell us how afraid we are of terrorists and then publicly support Bush in everything he does just like McCain and maybe he has a shot.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  71. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Romney will continue to put his finger in the wind to see which way it blows.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  72. Linda

    Mr. Cafferty,
    I am nearly 70 years old, and I am frightened about the elections for the first time.
    The only way that Romney can catch McCain, is if voters recognize that if they send McCain back to Washington for the 27 years, as an insider, they will regret the decision for many years to come. My fear is the fact that some voters cannot see beyond McCains war HERO status – A WAR HERO DOES NOT A GOOD PRESIDENT MAKE, unless President Kennedy could be sent back to us.
    We sincerely value the sacrific made by McCain. However, as anyone taken into consideration the emotional damage that his years in capticity may have done to his ability to think straight, let alone remember that he is over 70 years old, and his body has been nearly destroyed. It is my opinion that he is not stable and could be a warmonger. Please help us Mr. Cafferty!!! At least Romney appears to be intack. Watch McCains face and body language when he finds ways to jab Romney. I was especially appauled then Govenor Crist joined in the fray. Crist must have been promised the Vice President spot, and if he has, how many more have been promised the same spot.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  73. joe m

    this race is not done yet. neither man has the overwhelming support of the republican establishment. who knows, as uncommitted as the republicans are about these two men, they may try to recruit.... oh i don't know... Al Gore????

    January 30, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  74. SGT Pullum

    Romney needs to put more emphasis on his economic expertise and that amnesty is not just for the illegal immigrants in this country. I brought my wife over this country the just and right way through the immigration process. There is no excuse for everybody else to do the same.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  75. Kevin, Illinois

    If Mitt Romney wants to catch McCain, he needs to switch parties and be Obama's Vice President.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  76. Tom

    Run fast!

    January 30, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  77. Dan

    I disagree with the premise of the question. Paul and Huckabee are far from irrelevant, and this race is far from over. See you at the Republican Convention, Jack.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  78. Don, Seattle

    Use his vast riches to bribe the electorate!

    January 30, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  79. Bill

    Heh, that's simple... Stop pandering to everyone, start working for someone and never look at the "little people" as no-ones

    Orlando, FL

    January 30, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  80. Todd Doyle


    You just said that "Ron Paul is irrelevant" in this race. As Bill Clinton would say in referrence to 9-11 being an "inside job", I say, "Shame on YOU Jack Cafferty".

    Ron Paul is the only real agent of change and that's supported by all of his ideas. In today's day and age, supporting the Constitution, or "going back to it" unfortunately is the REAL CHANGE this country needs now.

    -Todd Doyle
    Franklin, Ohio

    January 30, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  81. D Quint

    No but he can be vicepresident!

    January 30, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  82. Joyce

    How do you catch up with a runaway train..hold on for dear life..
    and hope there is nothing on the tracks. I have my fingers
    crossed that Romney can catch McCain.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  83. R from LA

    If Romney has really resorted to calling McCain a liberal, then why not really go for the kill? To stop McCain, Romney would have to embarrass him by reminding the public that McCain had the liberal appeal that made John Kerry actively pursue him as a VP candidate in 2004. Bringing that back from the grave would surely dent Mac's conservative pandering.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  84. Tom

    Mitt Romney will never, I repeat, never be president because he relies on the votes of the Neanderthal party of bigotry that hates anything even slightly different than their own views.

    Plus he is a slick jerk and represents everything wrong with America.

    I'm going to enjoy seeing the tears on his handsome face when he loses.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  85. Tony Martin

    Romney can catch McCain by sending us each an additional $100 on top of the Economic Stimulus package we'll be receiving. Let's REALLY see if he can put his money where is mouth is.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  86. Brycen

    What must he do?
    He can't do anything. He needs to offer himself to be Mccain's Vice President. Thats the only way he will be close to John especailly after Super Duper Tuesday!

    January 30, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  87. Nikki

    He needs to get real, relax, show more passion and energy and connect with the people. Unfortunately, at this point, I think he's slipped into the 'lesser of two evils' category. Sad for U.S. Citizens that the choices we may be left with are no choices at all but forced-fed candidates supplied by the parties and media. I think alot of people will be staying home come November.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  88. Karyn Robinson

    Romney will never appeal to most Americans as long as he keeps touting his "managerial" experience.

    Do you love your boss?

    I didn't think so.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  89. Peterson

    Romni needs to talk more about his edge on health care. He also needs to show that he can provide national security. More importantly he needs to convince voters that he is the one to beet a democrat. He needs to remind voters that Mccain is NOTHING but another George Bush. The country is not ready for 8 more Bush years.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  90. Beth

    Mitt should stop the attack routine on McCain and simply stress his decent business record and how he would help our country economically. If he doesn't win the most delegates after Super Tuesday, the two candidiates will at least be on talking terms to open dialogue for Mitt to be John's VP running mate!

    January 30, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  91. Adam

    He has to emphasize their difference on illegal immigration. He also has to remind people of the legislation that McCain has worked on and what McCain has said about his knowledge of the economy. Honestly, the best thing for Romney is if the media restrains their liberal bias!

    January 30, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  92. patricia

    Two weeks ago...I hated both McCain & Romney....
    but McCain's goodness is tangible. He is hard to hate.

    Romney not so much......

    January 30, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  93. Luis

    Ron Paul is not irrelevant, he is the most important presidential candidate in the last 30 years. It is yo,u weak people in the fascist corporate media who decide to pay attention to the candidates who fill your pockets!

    January 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  94. Mike McDonnel

    Appeal to the common people in this country. However, that will never happen. The only thing Mitt Romney can do is talk about his vast business experience. Maybe he can communicate to us this way: "Remember, I am the typical CEO that you work for.. Never seen by the employee.. Making big decisions.. Getting paid millions of dollars"

    Yeah, I think this man can do nothing to appeal to me.. He lives in another world.. Maybe the only way to appeal to me.. Give up every earthly possession that he owns, give up all his money.. Then possibly he could appeal to me..

    January 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  95. Sorin

    The only way Romney could catch McCain is if McCain falls at sleep at the debate tonight and even then its not for sure.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  96. George

    If the American public really wants change they should listen to Romney. McCain is Washington baggage plus he is not qualify to manage the economy of this country. Romney can bring his business experience and as a successful businessman I am sure he surrounded himself with qualified people to manage the different aspects of his business.

    He can do the same by bringing qualified people into his cabinet because after all, one man cannot manage all aspects of the US Governemnt.

    This is what he has to push through to the American public.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  97. Peterson

    Marty, I didn't know Romney wasn't a christian.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  98. Jason Ulmer

    Very simple way for Mitt to win is to get with Huckabee ad have him drop out. I cannot see anyone that votes Huckabee not going with Mitt.

    Lakeland FL

    January 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  99. Brian

    I think Huck should drop out and throw his support to Ron Paul. I think Romney and McCain should go and open up a shoe store together. They certainly have enough "flip flops" between them to do so.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  100. Dalen

    If Romney can tackle the issues this country is really concerned about.
    We're in a recession. Our hospitals and schools can host all the illegal immigrants any longer and we're in a War we should have never started.
    I'm looking at WASHINGTON for holding alot of blame.
    I think Romney needs to keep up with his campaign with these issues and that he can fix these problems before McCain could.
    I can promise you, McCain will not win his own state of Arizona.
    He's a democrat dressed in republican clothing.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  101. Dennis Olson

    Jack, there's nothing Romney can do. The writing is already on the wall... McCain/Huckabee is the only ticket that can give the Democrats a real run for their money. McCain knows it, Huckabee knows it...it's time Romney realizes it.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  102. Michael Weber

    Sling some mud and call him the L word.
    Ah! American politics ain't it sweet.

    Mike from MN

    January 30, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  103. Harvie

    Granted McCain was a war hero but get over it because that does not in itself qualify him as the best candidate. Romney has to continue to point out that McCain is very much a liberal and when it comes to the economy, McCain sounds real dumb! McCain is in the wrong party as he is as liberal or more than both Clinton and Obama.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  104. Andrew

    The truth is Jack that both of these nominee's will not win the Presidency. Both are the opposite of conservative and cannot reunite the base to vote for either of them. There is only one true conservative left in this candidacy with plenty of money in the bank that has been blacked out of the mainstream for weeks. May republicans accept President Obama or President Clinton come November no matter which of these liberals they put out to compete. Just think a Bush's and Clinton's in the Whitehouse for more then 20 years. What kind of democracy is this? It sounds more like we are run by King's and Queens.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  105. Sergio Silva


    I think Romney must focus his campaign message to his true strength. Their slogan should be "Mitt Means Business" and focus on his real business experience building businesses. American Business is the beacon that lights the world dreams.

    American Business improves the standard of living, improves healthcare, improves race and gender relations, uplifts the human condition. There isn't anything American Business can't accomplish from energy to health issues and we need a president who can build American Business to compete in a Global Economy.

    Send this to the Romney Campaign. 🙂

    CNN is the best Political Coverage – Keep up the great work

    January 30, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  106. george

    Romney needs to show just how incompetent McCain is by tying him to the keating fiasco as one of the keating five. Does anyone remember that? Also there are mcCain ties to other unsavory situations. The press needs to do some digging and get the facts out. You guys simply are not doing your job. We're going to end up with a war in Iran if you continue with your irrational support of McCain.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  107. Robert

    Jack, he can either start to attack mike huckabee and perhaps steal votes from him; hope that he gets out of the race along with ron paul, or just continue to lie like he has always been, hes one of the biggest flip-floppers since John Kerry. I cant trust either one of these "top dogs". Im so glad i have become an independent.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  108. Diane

    Maybe he could let some of that hot air out of his over inflated ego!

    January 30, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  109. Eugene Ortiz

    Spend some of that money on push polling. It worked for Bush.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  110. Gerry

    Spend, Spend, Spend McCain broke.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  111. La


    This race between McCain and Romney reminds me of the constant battle between the Roadrunner and Wiley E. Coyote. Will Romney catch McCain? I don't know, maybe he should consult Mr. Coyote. This race reminds me of a cartoon I have seen one too many times.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  112. Joe

    Great so we have one war monger trying to catch the other war monger. And we have McCain who claims he is well versed in economics to Romney who made money buying and selling companies, more pure elites. They could care less about the working class. The more he keeps hanging around like Rocky Balboa, RON PAUL will catch these guys. Because the longer he lasts the media will have to recoginze him soon or later. Jack he is our only hope, McCain and ROmney are more of the same, bought lock stock and barrel.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  113. margaret


    I would like to hear Romney ask McCain why he lied about his "safe" visit to the Iraqi market place, when he had hundreds of guards surrounding him on the ground and in the air. Everyone calls McCain a straight talker, but his verbal path on this topic has been decidedly crooked, and no one has called him on it!

    January 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  114. Alan

    Mitt Romney needs to focus on John "Mr. Amnesty" McCain's co-sponsorship of that secretive and outrageous illegal immigration bill last summer. Romney also needs to reiterate that he is strong on the economy. Obviously, all of the old folks in Florida either did not get the memo or did not have their hearing aids turned on, as they gave mindlessly gave McCain the nod over Romney on the economy in the exit polls.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  115. Alan

    Maybe Mitt Romney should try having a tearful moment on camera and find his voice in the next supporter rally.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  116. Eric

    Romney needs to stress the similarities between McCain and Hillary, because a vote for either is a vote for the Democratic party and an eventual Democratic win.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  117. Mike Thumb

    I believe it is ridiculous for you to compare Mike Huckabee to Ron Paul! If you look at the polls for Super Tuesday on realclearpolitics.com Mike Huckabee is leading in more states than Romney and will collect more delegates than Romney. Of course Mike Huckabee won’t get the votes if people like you say he is irrelevant. Please stop trying change the republican field to your liking. Thank you!

    January 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  118. James Gillard

    Jack, Mitt will not take the GOP presidential nomination...Mitt stands for Republican ultra-conservative issues....McCain wants change...Isn't that what all the liberal presidential candidates are campaigning on...I think what has hurt Mitt, is getting endorsements from the likes of right-wing nut-jobs as Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter...

    January 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  119. John O

    McCain has the best chance in the GOP, Romney is only "second best", but the reality is that America needs a change and the Republican party does not know how to do that! Do we need to dig a deeper hole!

    January 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  120. John Larsen

    Who cares? The country is not going to make the same mistake three times in a row. America will vote Democratic in order to throw the Republicans out of office.


    January 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  121. John

    Jack all Romney has to do is to be honest and stop getting involved in the mud slinging . Stay positive and focused and say what he means and mean what he says . Honestly an with descent respect to all mankind use tact and humanity to debate McCain on the issues that really matter , economy and illegal immigration ect..ect..

    Athens Ga

    January 30, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  122. Jonathan Wolf

    Mitt Romney has basically shot himself in the foot with his double-talk, such as when he said he saw his dad march with MLK. John McCain offers something a tad bit more refreshing: straight talk. He doesn't pander to special demographics of people; he says it like it is, such as when he said he was against farm subsidies in Iowa, and when he told the voters in Michigan that their jobs weren't coming back. Conservatives may not like his blunt truths, but they like his consistancy, and that has been what his campaign has been all about.

    Admittedly, however, Ron Paul still has been more consistant than either of the candidates.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  123. Belinda Mccrackin

    I personally believe that Mitt Romney can catch MCcain. He is not afraid to say exactly what's on his mind and he's still got a lot of time to do it. At times MCcain seems as though he has all the energy and enthusiasm of a private nursing home. Romney has no intentions of letting up on MCcain, so, tonight 's debate should be very interesting.

    January 30, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  124. Ryan, Boulder CO

    The only thing that Romney can do to catch McCain is to change where he stands on issues to look more like McCain. His positions have changed so many times already and he's duped so many Republicans into believing he's genuine, why wouldn't it work again?

    January 30, 2008 at 5:23 pm |