August 20th, 2008
03:50 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney heading to Denver

Romney will take McCain’s message to Denver next week during the Democratic convention.

Romney will take McCain’s message to Denver next week during the Democratic convention.

(CNN) – Some Republican politicians are skipping their party’s convention this year - but top McCain surrogate and GOP vice presidential contender Mitt Romney is heading to both.

A Romney representative confirmed Wednesday that he plans to crash the Democrats’ party in Denver next week.

“Governor Romney will speak to the press to set the record straight on John McCain and make the case for his election,” said a spokesman for the former Massachusetts governor.

Details are still being worked out - but contrary to reports, he will not be addressing a Republican “counter-rally.” It is more likely that he will hold a press conference accompanied by several other Republicans.

Romney was McCain’s most critical opponent during the Republican race for the nomination, but has since become a stalwart supporter. He is believed to rank highly on McCain’s vice presidential shortlist.

The Arizona senator is expected to name his choice for VP at an event in Ohio next Friday, the day after the Democratic convention ends.

soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Shame on you Mitt Romney and shame on you John McCain!!!

    Obama/Sebeluis '08

    August 20, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. Anne E.

    he's got nowhere else to go, since he likely won't show up at his own party's convention.
    i sooo hope McCain picks him as vp - Mormons still scare the public in general, and the evangelical wingnuts in particular.

    August 20, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Not fooled by distractions

    Oh good, dumb speakin' for dumber – I don't know who's deer in the headlights looks are more pronounced Romney or McCain.

    August 20, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. Jatovi, NC

    Begging for the spotlight. This is getting sad. Next he will fetch McCain's slippers.

    August 20, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. Johnboy


    These guys make you ill, but Hillary and Obama don't?! She is doing the same thing with Obama right now!!!!!!

    August 20, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Chickens coming home to roost

    Obama supporters are smarting now.

    They took up the rallying call of Obama and the campaign: to play the race card, insult fellow democrats, threaten and intimidate them, insult and denigrate them, turn AAs against HRC, agitate hate and division in my name.

    At the end, when I am the last and only democrat left standing, it will no longer matter to anyone HOW I got here, the deplorable and despicable means I used, the nasty tactics I employed. It won't matter that I am the very LEAST qualified candidate ever to make it this far.

    In the end, with the climate favoring democrats so strongly, and the fact that I am the ONLY democrat on the ballet.... they will all end up voting for me anyway. They may be angry but what OTHER choice will they have?

    Well... obviously ANY choice BUT Obama. We refuse to be used and manipulated and demeaned and then forced and then silenced into a show of unity.

    The strategy of race-baiting, race card playing, antipathy towards fellow democrats, vitriol against HRC and now McCain... is backfiring big time.

    August 20, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Goodson

    Hope he's not coming with his horde of under-aged wives – Perverts

    August 20, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. joe

    And now lets talk about republicans till the convention ends. Isn't that what happened when Obama went oversees the media brought black in America documentary and started saying we have obama fatigue?

    August 20, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. What?

    CNN if your polling was true, Republicans like this one would not be shaking in his shoes........No need to guess who was the WISHING Republican was wanted on Obama's VP short list........ I guess the GOP convention will be a town hall meeting.........not like the Democrats who are supporting our President after NOVEMBER...welcome to a winning party..................


    August 20, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. henry

    Didn't this moron use much of his money and didn't win?

    August 20, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. Hillary Clinton

    OK, I've decided. I'm going with Sen. McCain.
    Don't tell Barack. He still thinks Bill and I are out campaigning for him.


    August 20, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. Ken in Dallas

    "Set the record straight?"

    McCain needs Romney to make the case for his election? Does that mean there's a case for McCain's election that Johnnie Mac himself has failed to articulate since February?

    Wouldn't that imply that Romney doesn't think McCain can talk straight?

    McCain has experience, but his surrogates don't think he can remember it: "John McCain does not speak for the McCain campaign."

    August 20, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. chris

    without Hillary, obama will lose.......with her, he might have a chance....

    August 20, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. chris

    what's inane and insane is believing mccain is worse than dubya

    August 20, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Texican

    The Democratic Fiasco in Denver will make the Chicago 68 Convention look like a picnic. I hope Bill Ayers and his Weather Underground show up to praise thier risen hero. Bill Ayers,
    Why isn't he in prison? Living off the taxpayers that he and his
    group wanted to kill in the 70's....

    You have to love this Country. Where else can a Bill Ayers hide in public view and hang around with a Senator. Only in America.

    August 20, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Lisa S - St. Louis MO

    How rude...typical republican behavior.

    So sad...

    August 20, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. Susan

    How nice of Mitt. Bar him at the door!

    August 20, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. judy, Wisconsin

    This man looks and sounds like a very bad salesman. He has the nerve to go there–what a jerk. He's become quite the Bush lap dog.

    August 20, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Watch out Denver, Romney is most likely lobbying out there to have your jobs shipped over seas.

    From what I heard, McCain and his wife made a killing on the selling off Budweiser to foreigners (American jobs being lost from the deal ALREADY), and are looking to do the same to Coors.

    August 20, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. Milka

    Nobody cares much about Romney. Actually he will make Obama look Good for this country. This guy is utter arrogant moron who used much of his wealth for nothing.

    What a looser!

    Go Obama we have your back!

    August 20, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. Nate

    Sweet, the VP is coming to MY city!

    August 20, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. Enlightened Voter

    Mitt was absolutely vicious towards mccain during the primaries. He was also prochoice and pro gay rights, now he is pro life and anti gay. Come on slicky, who are you really. And this will be great if he is picked Obama has TONS more experience than a three year governor.

    August 20, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. rhoward

    For all the sucking up Mr. Romney and Mr. Lieberman are doing to try and get the VP nod from McCain, I hope they realize that their chances are slim to none because no way will McCain jeopardize his last chance to be president by picking someone the right wing of the party despises.

    August 20, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. Bayou Joe

    Mac up by 5 points. Must be all the Hillary defecting Democrats they are polling today. Sayonara Candidate of the Left. America is finally waking up to the empty suit.

    Go John, Kick his butt all the way to Chicago.

    August 20, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  25. Que Quedas

    mormoms don't lie they just inbreed so you may want to hear Romney

    August 20, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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