October 9th, 2009
02:07 PM ET
5 years ago

Romney: Party man in Nebraska tonight

The former Massachusetts governor will be the keynote speaker Friday night at the Nebraska Republican Party's biennial Founders' Day event.
The former Massachusetts governor will be the keynote speaker Friday night at the Nebraska Republican Party's biennial Founders' Day event.

(CNN) - Mitt Romney is lending a helping hand to Nebraska Republicans, the latest in a string of political favors as the 2008 presidential candidate surveys the 2012 landscape.

The former Massachusetts governor will be the keynote speaker Friday night at the Nebraska Republican Party's biennial Founders' Day event in Omaha.

Romney may make another run at the GOP presidential nomination next cycle, but an adviser says right now the former Massachusetts governor's concentrating on helping fellow Republicans in the next election.

"Gov. Romney is traveling the country, speaking to Republican organizations, raising money for candidates, and doing what he can to strengthen our party going into the 2010 elections," says Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom.


Romney has been a vocal critic of President Barack Obama, particularly his handling of foreign relations. At the recent Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island, Michigan, Romney said that the president is "above" the world stage and acting too much as a "neutral arbiter."

Last month, Romney also criticized Obama on national security matters at the Value Voters Summit, an annual gathering of social conservatives held in the nation's capitol.

Founders' Day is a significant fundraiser for the Nebraska GOP, and is held in appreciation of party activists and volunteers for their hard work to help candidates and the party.

All of the state's top elected Republican officials will also be at the dinner, including Gov. Dave Heineman, who is up for re-election next year. Party officials say the event is sold out, and will produce a record turnout.


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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. beth

    Mitt 'Party Pants' Romney. Plan another run, Romney – we could use the comedy..

    October 9, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Censorship in Practice form at CNN--S Callahan NYS

    Be an adviser....a better calling.

    October 9, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. Rocky

    party is right, Mitt does not want to work, just party around! Mitt is showing he is a career jet-setter who wants to be a politician, no job, just travelin' around, making sure his political run is the longest in history, never stopped in four years, by the time he is done it will be eight years of a Romney campaign, Romney is one desperate man.

    October 9, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. S M R

    Going South to fire up the REDNECKS Hillbillies? Don't forget the MOONSHINE.

    October 9, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Jake

    who cares?

    October 9, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. John

    Stay out of my great State of Nebraska. This guy is a schmuck. Buys companies, lays off workers, sells company for profit and moves on. He doesn't care about the American worker or family.

    October 9, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    The Democratic administration and congress driving national unemployment up to essentially double what it was when they took over is better than any campaign Republican money could buy. Eventually, Americans demand results and Mitt has a proven record of delivering results.

    October 9, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Paul F

    We need you Mitt, Lord knows the entire world is going completely nuts, with Obama, Pelosi, Reid and Franks at the head of the parade.

    October 9, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. Alex

    vicious rumour that Glenn Beck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990. I don't claim to know the truth - only that the rumor floating around saying that Glenn Beck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990 should be discussed. So I want to do my part to try and help get to the bottom of this. Why won't Glenn Beck deny these allegations? I wouldn't accuse Glenn Beck of raping and murdering a young girl in 1990 – in fact, I think he didn't! But I can't help but wonder, since he has failed to deny these horrible allegations. Why won't he deny that he raped and killed a young girl in 1990?

    October 9, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. LacrosseMom

    Poor MITT! Republicans have shown America today what they are made of......... hate and jealousy!

    Instead of being gracious "leaders" they have proven to America, that they are small minded.

    Our president, President Obama, won an honorable award. And the Republicans have taken to the airwaves, radio, blogs to demonize, criticize and spew ..... hate....... for a GOOD MAN.

    AMERICA WHO DO YOU WANT AS YOUR LEADERS? THE PARTY OF HATE....... OR THE PARTY THAT UPLIFTS AMERICA?

    October 9, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. Irma in North Carolina

    Wonder how come they never got Sarah to do this speech. Oh wait a minute she probably thought she was in for the Nobel Peace Award.

    October 9, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. dee

    Let's see how long it takes him in his speech to slam the fact that Obama won the Nobel Prize...I am sure within the first 10 mins, he'll bring it up and turn it into a horrible thing for the U.S....

    October 9, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. MK in Arizona

    I have never seen the libs get so worked up over one guy. They know Mitt is their biggest threat and that Obama's inexperience and lack of knowledge on the issues will be glaring in comparison to Romney and all of his qualifications and smarts. I can't wait to see them debate and see Obama and his "words" against Mitt and his experience! Mitt Romney for President in 2012!

    October 9, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. inthewest

    Does everyone realize this man's religion believes in consecration and that when 12 men in white coats decide it is time (end days of the earth) they will tell all mormons to give their house, money, investments and all their worldly possesions to the LDS church? I don't know about you, but I don't want someone that believes malarky that that running out country.

    October 9, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. Bounmy

    Yes! Moe, what war did your Obama served? what country did Obama's father born? Mitt father was a gov of MI so what wrong with you? we just saw Obama's student from communist legacy sang the song pray Obama and sang a song pray Obama health care reform exactly the communist world did in N.Korea, Cuba, and Laos,ext and just saw the communist Jone Van in the white house, that why Obama got Nobel peace prize.
    Mr. Egillettte,please ask Obama about Mr. Van Jone?
    Mr.Ender, you and Obama Build our world as a people exactly the former communist U.S.S.R did and collapse by Reagan leadership policy.
    We are not an "army of one" we are a civilization of people who assention to highest on the food chain was brought about by our ability to work together,learn from one another,and build our world as a people,that exactly the communist policy,let's do it, try it,the U.S.S.R . was collapse,so you guy need to learn from them and do in the U.S.A,and ,that why now more debt,more deficit,more spending,more unemployment,more welfare,96 bank had fall this year, less food,and much more worse to come in the next 3 years,so Mitt will come to clean these dirty mess in 2013 by his leadership as Reagan came to clean Carter mess. You saw that why you hate Mitt,scare Mitt,afraid Mitt,blame Mitt, because Mitt is the best,the top,and the real that the liberal ,the medias,the democrats,and you really hate and don't want to see and hear any thing from him,Go Mitt,you are the man,American people will be with you in 2012.

    October 9, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. MK in Arizona

    Come on Lacrosse Mom you have got to be kidding me that the Republicans are the "party of hate." During the Bush administration I saw and heard such vitriol and hate spewing from the Dems as has never been seen or heard before. Bush's character was smeared by the Dems while at least the Reps are upset with Obama's policy not the person himself. Boy, if you aren't the pot calling the kettle black!

    October 9, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. disgusted

    When was it that they allowed blacks into the Mormon church?

    October 9, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. Sgt. USMC

    Why is it that republicans can't do anything with out getting elected?

    Why is it that they need to be in power to do anything?

    I always thought that great people showed leadership no matter what title they held.

    They seem to be consumed by the 2010 and 2012 elections that they can't do anything else.

    THE REPUBLICANS HAVE NO CLASS.

    October 9, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. Texas Doc

    Dude, you guys are toast. You ought to be trying to do something worhtwhile like oh I don't know something worthy of a Nobel in ...anything.

    October 9, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. Minnesotan

    I might vote for his hair, but I'd never vote for Romney himself.

    October 9, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. al in memphis

    Mitt Romney once said about Obama that the Presidency is not an on-the-job training position. I guess traveling the country campaigning to get party people elected is more of the job preparing experience we should be looking for. Better yet, quit you day job as governor and go on paid speaking engagements to criticize the President.

    That the kind of leadership this country needs. All talk and no work.

    October 9, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  22. Kimo, Hawaii

    As a Republican, I'd consider any Romney campaign run scary UNLESS it was a choice between him and our party's other leaders, Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck. At least Romney isn't as filled with hate and anger.

    October 9, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  23. Dick

    I am an independent, who voted Democratic last election. Like most
    of the past elections, it was a case of voting for the party who would possibly do the least damage. But if Mitt Romney is the candidate nominated in the next election, I will be definitely voting Republican.

    October 9, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  24. proud dem in nc

    Geez Mitt, give it up. You did not get the nomination last time and you'll not get it in '12. All you do is throw stones.. You are a flaming hypocrite.!!!! I'm hoping that nitwit Palin gets it, then Obama will be a shoe-in!!

    October 9, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  25. Vicki5

    Romney is the Anti-Christ

    October 9, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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