September 16th, 2009
01:20 PM ET
5 years ago

Romney plans busy weekend in Washington area

Romney is considered an early frontrunner for the White House race in 2012, according to recent polls.
Romney is considered an early frontrunner for the White House race in 2012, according to recent polls.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has planned a flurry of appearances in the Washington area this weekend, an indicator of the kind of hectic schedule he's been keeping as he looks ahead to a possible presidential bid in 2012.

His D.C. itinerary will be dominated by fundraisers, but Romney has planned a pair of high-profile speeches to conservative groups that are sure to draw attention: On Saturday he is slated to address the Values Voters Summit, and on Monday he'll deliver remarks to a luncheon at the Foreign Policy Initiative, a neoconservative think tank founded by William Kristol.

The former Massachusetts governor has four finance events planned - including a Thursday night gathering dubbed "Sundaes with Mitt" that will benefit his own political action committee, Free and Strong America PAC. The confab will held at the Washington home of Charlie Spies, who was Romney's top money man during his presidential bid.

He'll also raise money for three GOP candidates in Virginia. On Friday he's hosting a fundraiser in Alexandria for Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, now running for re-election. On Sunday, he heads to Great Falls to help former campaign staffer Barbara Comstock, who is seeking a House of Delegates seat in Virginia.

Romney's visit to the area will be capped off on Monday, when he will host a fundraiser for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell at the American Gas Association, a trade group representing the gas industry. The event is expected to pull in $100,000 for McDonnell.

Romney last raised money for McDonnell in May.


Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Mitt Romney • Virginia
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    Romney can plan all the events he wants. It won't get him any closer to the White House until he is willing to contain the nonsense which his party has embroiled itself in for the past 9 months.

    Romney's lack of leadership skill and his powerless inaction and unwillingness to take on Limbaugh, FOX News, et. al., speaks volumes. As long as the wing nuts are in control, there is no hope for Romney or any other member of the GOP to face off with President Obama in 2012.

    The damage being done by the birthers, tea baggers, and others is too staggering to overcome.

    September 16, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Mike in MN

    This dangerous racist, anti Obama conservative domestic terriorist is going to be in the Washington area? I hope security levels are increased.
    Hopefully some alert thinking liberals will be on hand and have an arrest warrant ready. Romney is certain to say some things in oppostion to Obama's policies which would be racist hate speech and a hate crime.
    I don't see how the founding fathers ever thought freedom of speech would work. It is just to dangerous for everyday American citizens to practice. We should all only be allowed to say things that liberals deem socially acceptable.

    September 16, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Tim

    Mr. Romney is exactly what liberals portray republicans as.

    Rich, out of touch with the common man, finger to the wind, talk to both sides of an issue depending on the crowd, war monger (see clip of him laughing at Ron Paul as Paul explained how we were not the world's police.)

    He's the Democrat's best weapon against the republican party.

    I hope he's chosen to represent the Republicans when Obama runs again. It'll be an easy choice then. NEITHER!!

    September 16, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Abby

    Poor ole Mitt, he's such a flip-flopper. He's saddled with the word Republican in front of his name. He'll say and do anything to capture a vote. Boo Hiss!!

    September 16, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Shirley In California

    Let's see now – this is the same "cat" who lost to a 70 plus year man? I thought so.

    Democrats have NOTHING to worry about. We will STILL win big.

    September 16, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Bob the Observer

    Just as long as you're a tourist, you can spend all the time in Washington that you want, Mitt. Don't get too comfortable there.

    September 16, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Trenton

    Mitt is just another disgruntled Republican, whose only change has been to dye his hair darker. Must be a requirement to being Republican.

    September 16, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. RT

    Imagine the shock when the GOP admits their top candidate for 2012 pushed through state-run health insurance with a public option in Massachusetts and mandated that every citizen must have it or face a tax penalty. It was his proposal, his idea, and he made it happen. I don't remember any Tea Parties in Massachusetts back then. In fact, I don't remember any protests or marches on the state house either. Why doesn't the GOP ever mention this or why doesn't the media ever try to get his opinion on the current health insurance debate. That's a story right there for you CNN.

    September 16, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. Jillie

    Republican Romney has NO SOLUTIONS, just critizisms. He's your "standard" Republican. Nixt on Mitt!!!

    September 16, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. Mississippi Miss

    Take a long look at Mitt Romneys credentials, and you will find him to be among the best choices for President of this great country.

    He is responsible for Massachusetts Health Care, which needs some changing, but he tackled it and got it done. He is decidedly a man of
    action, a man of moral clarity (I personally do not agree with his choice of religion), but I admire his faithfulness to conservatism, his faith and family values, patriotism, and humanity.

    Very grateful to have him speaking out for conservative principles.

    As conservatives we promote humanitarian ideals, freedom and patriotism. Come vote with us in 2010!

    September 16, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. Katelyn

    Laughable....just laughable. What a mess the GOP has become. Sad.

    September 16, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Rocky

    Nice isn't it Romney is beyond wealthy and doesn't have to hold down a job, he can trot around the county on his Mitt Romney for President 2012 campaign, and take vacations in Italy, Europe and on the sunny beaches.

    Has Mitt bought any more houses to establish residency in any other states?

    September 16, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. Roger

    Now this is a smart dude. Runs for president wastes a lot of his own money doing it. Gets totally wiped out in all the primaries. Gets it handed to him by a guy who spent no money (Huckabee) so what does he do? Decides to do it all over again. Way to go Mitt, what you lack in brains you make up for in persistence.

    September 16, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their follishness.

    Dear Lord may he be so busy he will not have time to run for President and take votes away from Palin who will smoke Obama.

    September 16, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    OH EMM GEE!!! Does that picture above show a hair out of place? I think it might...like right above the right ear or so...THE APOCALYPSE IS NIGH!!!

    September 16, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. B

    This guy looks like a serious 2012 contender in what is left of the GOP.

    He makes all of the rest of the Republicans look and sound like the Total thoughtless buffoons that they are!

    September 16, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. John Smithe

    Wow that is bizzay. Must be the magic undies.

    September 16, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. S M R

    This Guy is the SAME as the rest of the GOP CLOWNS. You know what is wrong: They are all in it for the money and don't care about the well being of the AVERAGE AMERICAN. TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS AND DE-REGULATION ARE THE GOP's biggest money makers that are SO harmful to OUR COUNTRY.

    September 16, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. IS IT 2012 YET ??

    It will be GREAT to see Mitt again, in the 2012 campaign. It will be even greater to see him wave goodbye to the Obamas in 2013, as they lift off in Marine 1 enroute to their exciting return to private life.

    September 16, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. stan

    romney cant win because he is to conservative,if the gop thinks they are going to beat obama running nothing but conservatives,well their going to be in for a big suprise,in when they get killed your going to see a very confused republican party.this is my estimates for 2012,its going to be 133 million voters,which 96 million is going to be white up from 94,that means 37 million is going to be minority up from 35,if obama gets 31 million minority votes up from 30 and he gets only 36 million white votes down from 39.5,that means obama is going to have 67 million votes down from 69.5,that means the gop will have to get at least 63 million white votes up from 54,because belive me the gop is only going to get 5.5 million minority votes in thats being genorous,which would bring their total to 68.5,in which means the gop would have to get 66% of the white vote,so look at these figures in see who has the better chance of winning in 2012

    September 16, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Ninos

    What lies & misinformation will he be touting now? At least it's not Mrs. Sarah Logorrhea. What is she up to, CNN? Get your papparazzi staff on it, will ya!

    September 16, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. I Am the Great and Powerful Wizard of Rush

    And finally, Romney will strap his dog on the hood of car and travel
    to Virginia Tech to honor Michael Vick

    September 16, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. jfs Memhis, Tn

    This guy needs to take his party back from the TEA BAGGERS , Rush, and Fox News. If can simmer the negative GOP reheteric we moderates may start to listen. If he can't then it will be another wasted DC weekend like last weekend.

    September 16, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. DonnaLee

    This guy might make a good president. He is only a bit weirder than the rest of the Rethuglicans in the hunt. Let's just hope that he doesn't try to force his Book of Moronic religious beliefs on the US.

    September 16, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. Steve (the real one)

    This man should have been the GOP nominee last year at least the VP nominee! Maybe in 2012! Any of the lefties who would state he still would have lost...can you prove it?

    September 16, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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