November 9th, 2009
05:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Romney builds political capital while biding time on 2012 run

Boston, Massachusetts (CNN) - If you look at his travel schedule crisscrossing the country, you might think Mitt Romney was still running for office.

Since February, he has attended nine events for senatorial candidates, appeared at more than a dozen rallies or fundraisers for those running for governor this year or next, and spoken at almost two dozen meetings of Republican Party groups or conservative organizations. And he has finished a new book.

"This is a pivotal time in the history of our country," Romney said recently at his political action committee's office.

As the Republican Party searches for ways to rebound from its recent losses and leaders who can be turned to, Romney clearly is trying to position himself to be one of them.

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  1. me happy- at 4:20 each day

    I'd vote for Romney just because he is good looking. :-)

    November 9, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. LacrosseMom

    People do realize that Romney is a multimillionaire that will use his own money to campaign, right?

    Being a former Republican, I know that the Evangelical voters will not..... I repeat wont vote for the Mormon guy.

    Perhaps the Moderate Republicans need run for Office as Libertarians!

    November 9, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Well, if he's looking for a solid foundation on which to build it, he might first consider his own hairdo...does that thing even move? I have to admit I'm starting to wonder if it's actually an alien symbiote feeding off his brain, which would explain his lackluster thought processes and the silly drivel that comes out of his pie hole.

    November 9, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. EBC

    Both Romney and Pawlenty are nothing but washed up wanna-bes. They have no backbone to run this country. Mitt Romney is too busy being the "pretty boy" in the GOP and Pawlenty can't even solve the issues of his own state without looking like a dear with the headlights focused on him.

    Seriously, Sarah Palin is looking pretty good for 2012. I pray to God she's planning to run in 2010. That would be the ultimate "gift giving" gesture to the Democratic Party. However, I think Oprah Winfrey is going to END Sarah's hopes for 2010 once she gets her on the show and proves just what a FRAUD and INCOMPETENT woman she truly is hiding behind the "wink-wink, you betcha" mask.

    November 9, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. Beverly

    ANY republican who wants to run for President better sneak cameras into Queen of Quitter's speaking engagements. They can use this against her later or sell it Saturday Night Live for great comedy.

    November 9, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. Val in MA

    The people of the United States of America will be fortunate to have this man as their next President in 2012. We need you badly, Governor!

    Romney 2012!

    November 9, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. donttreadonme

    It won't matter who ends up running...this will be a referendum on Obama’s failures. There is a shift away from ultra-liberials.

    November 9, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. Ex-NC-Pub

    He has also sold some of his million dollar properties... I guess he wants to dodge the question that plagued McCain... "How many homes do you own?"

    November 9, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  9. DickCheneyTheMadharchodh

    I would vote for NO ONE other than Sarah Palin – I swore!!

    November 9, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  10. LacrosseMom

    IF our Nation..... reelects the GOP in 2010 after the LAST EIGHT YEARS of GOP FAILURE.......... we are doomed!

    Don't count President Obama out yet! The economy is already seeing signs of a recovery!

    Our 401Ks which suffered badly under Dubya are rebounding!

    The economy is not fast food. And...... ONLY 21% of Americans consider themselves Republicans!

    Don't count your chickens before they hatch! DEMS WON TWO MORE HOUSE SEATS IN LAST WEEK'S ELECTIONS!

    November 9, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  11. Larry

    WHO CARES ????

    What Romney Does, Says, Or goes

    Only Romney Cares !!!!!!!

    Americans DON'T ...

    November 9, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. jtsilver2th

    Well Mitt is playing it pretty cool and benefiting from Sarah's hissy fits and the Levi Johnston love fest- Also he is incubating his California campaign with the Meg Whitman for Governor campaign- I betcha dollars to donuts he is grooming her for VP in his mind- Still he has to overcome fundamentalist disdain for the Mormon Church which is a big order- Right now I'd say he's odds on favorite to get nominated but unlikely to get elected-

    November 9, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. jana

    Captain magic pants – What happened to the gray temples?

    November 9, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    I'd actually be willing to reconsider the Republican party if Romney were running.

    November 9, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  15. mo

    "This is a pivotal time in the history of our country," What a deceiving statement to be elected. To whom is he making fool?

    November 9, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  16. The Great Northwest

    Romney you are full of it "hot air" go back to Utah and we hope you stay there .

    November 9, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  17. Scott

    I'm all for Romney. He'd be able to fix our economy.

    November 9, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  18. mario mtl ca

    Who cares of Mr. Wax

    November 9, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  19. Joe M

    OH!!!!!!! Please not this guy again, tell him to give it up and move on..He is NOT electable to be president by any stretch of the imagination. It is Republican sucide to even suggest him..

    November 9, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  20. xavier

    Did he ever answer the Huckabee question about the devil and Jesus are brothers? I cant wait for the presidential republican primary, it will be a blood bath!

    November 9, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  21. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

    IF Romney were in Congress, he would have voted for the health care reform bill with public option.

    November 9, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  22. Michael Hippenhammer

    I don't think personal attacks have any merit on someones qualifications. Having said that, it doesn't matter who wins the Republican candidacy. This world and our country have issues that need to be dealt with and the Republican plan, with all the most pressing issues of the world and our country, ... is to do nothing. Except to ramp up the same policies that got us in to all the trouble we are facing! Helping the environment and making money go hand in hand. I see it every day at work, but the GOP tell you different. Obamas weatherization program is putting people back to work from the manufacturing of insulation, windows, furnaces, heat pumps, compact flourescent light bulbs, silicone, spray foam, specialty home testing equipment... shall I go on? And the final installation by contracting professionals with the end result of lower energy bills for the customer and let's not forget that we take a little bit of pressure off this planet we call home. The Democrat grass roots party have had the answers and now it is time to implement them. It only helps us all; people and corporations and the Earth.

    November 9, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  23. Minnesotan

    Romney: Great hair; no substance.

    November 9, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  24. Rick

    It doesn't matter who the reublicans nominate, he or she will get steamrolled by Obama. The country is starting to shape up, and anyone with any memory at all will recall how messed up things were from the Bush days. The last thing this country needs is anymore republican presidents for a good long time. GOPer's may be crowing about winning a couple of off year Governors races, but that won't mean a thing in 2012. They might as well get their crying towels ready because I can't wait to jam Obama down their throats again!

    November 9, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  25. Ted Tartaglia

    How about a dream team? Romney and Bachman!

    November 9, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
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