…over five months ago.
That’s the very reason Romney quit the race.
Don’t believe it? Consider these facts:
1) Late in the evening of Super Tuesday, February 5, 2008, Mitt Romney adamantly insisted that his campaign was going on all the way to the convention:
“Ann came to me, and she said, ‘You know, the one thing that’s clear tonight is that nothing’s clear,’” Romney said to hundreds of cheering supporters in Boston. “But I think she’s wrong. One thing that’s clear is this campaign’s going on!”
“I think there’s some people who thought it was all going to be done tonight, but it’s not all done tonight,” Romney said. “We’re gonna keep on battling. We’re gonna go all the way to the convention. We’re gonna win this thing, and we’re gonna get in the White House.”
2) The next day, Wednesday, February 6, 2008, John McCain said he was canceling travel plans that would have taken him to Europe that weekend. Why? So he could “wrap this up as quickly as possible.”
(One should ask who McCain was going to meet in Europe, but that’s another topic)
3) John McCain has a history of “behind closed doors” meetings. Consider McCain’s actions at last year’s CPAC:
CPAC organizers are convinced Sen. McCain did not speak because he didn’t want TV footage to show him “pandering” to the GOP’s conservative base. Instead, his aides tried to book a room at the Sheraton to host a reception where their man could mingle with attendees behind closed doors. But no such room was available. “It was too cute by half and made people wonder why he campaigns as a conservative but doesn’t want to be seen in public with them,” American Conservative Union president David Keene told me. Mr. McCain told Fox News he didn’t view those at CPAC as representative of conservative voters and said they were “Washington insiders.” CPAC staffers shot back that attendees this year came from 49 states and less than 15% were from the D.C. metro area.
4) Mitt Romney’s father (Michigan Governor George W. Romney) had a history of “behind closed doors” meetings and being part of the “back room deal” crowd that selects the Republican Party’s nominee. This is covered as part of Phyllis Schlafly’s book “A Choice Not an Echo: The inside story of how American Presidents are chosen“. That book was written 44 years ago, but it is as true today as it was then. Four years after this book was written, in 1968, George W. Romney ran for President of the United States, even though he was not Constitutionally eligible (he was born in Mexico).
5) FOX News reported on Wednesday February 6th that Mike Huckabee said, “I’m staying in the race because I still want to be president, and until somebody gets 1,191 delegates, we don’t have a nominee.” Mike Huckabee kept his word. [UPDATE: The Foxnews link no longer works, but I archived a USA Today link that contains the same quote.]
6) If Mitt Romney had kept his word, he would have kept on battling “all the way to the convention”.
7) Romney and his advisers “huddled behind closed doors Wednesday” (February 6th) and “reached out to gauge the feelings of prominent Republicans”. Who exactly are those “prominent Republicans” that met with Romney behind closed doors? Since John McCain cancelled his trip to Europe to “wrap this up as quickly as possible”, where do you think John McCain was during this “behind closed doors” meeting with “prominent Republicans”?
8 ) The day after this meeting, on Thursday, February 7th, 2008, despite the fact that his “regular Republican” supporters wanted him to keep fighting all the way to the convention, Mitt Romney broke his promise and quit the race:
Now if I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention — (cheers, applause). I want you to know I’ve given this a lot of thought. I’d forestall the launch of a national campaign and, frankly, I’d be making it easier for Senator Clinton or Obama to win.
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: No! Boo!
MR. ROMNEY: Frankly, in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror. (Cheers, applause.)
9) Romney’s stated reason for breaking his promise was that he “cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror.”
10) The real reason Romney broke his promise to “regular Republicans” was that “prominent Republicans” told him they would make him the VP if and only if he quit the race. Romney had a choice to make, and he chose poorly. He should have kept his word and kept fighting. McCain was almost out of public financing money, and it would have become a two-man race between Romney and Huckabee. In all likelihood, no candidate would have reached 1191, and the Republican nominee would have been determined at a brokered convention. Instead, Romney handed the nomination to McCain in return for the promise of the VP slot. But that promise only matters if McCain actually gets the nomination and keeps his word to Romney. Neither of those two things is a certainty. If McCain, for any reason, is not the nominee, then his promise to Romney is moot. And, if McCain is the nominee, he could still choose a different VP if he feels he must do so in order to win in November. Could McCain break his promise? Yes. If Romney could break his word to “regular Republicans”, McCain could very well break his word to Romney.
It’s All We Hear: Romney, Romney, Romney for McCain’s Running Mate
By Paul Bedard
Posted: July 22, 2008
UPDATE: McCain did pick someone other than Romney to be his VP. Why? Because when McCain started hinting at picking a VP who was other than strongly and consistently pro-life (remember that not only had Romney compromised pro-life principles in order to become Governor of Massachusetts, but pro-choice politicians Rudy Giuliani and even Joe Lieberman were mentioned as possible choices), Huckabee’s delegates threatened to walk out of the Republican National Convention. The sanctity of life issue is that important. McCain, realizing that a walk-out commotion at the convention could jeopardize his winning the nomination (if McCain couldn’t even keep the Republican Party together, how could anyone think he could win the general election), decided to pick a solidly conservative VP in order to get conservatives back on board. He chose Sarah Palin, an excellent choice, but then he threw her to the media wolves and did not defend her. He insisted that she spend three days with Katie Couric, when Sarah didn’t want to. John McCain never had the best interests of conservatives or the Republican Party at heart.