November 10th, 2009
02:08 PM ET
5 years ago

First on the Ticker: Romney to speak at Reagan Ranch

(CNN) - Mitt Romney is heading to Reagan country.

The former Massachusetts governor is scheduled to speak this Friday to the Young America's Foundation at the Ronald Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California. Romney is expected to be the dinner banquet speaker for the foundation's West Coast Leadership Conference, which consists of young conservatives from 44 colleges and universities across 12 states.

"Young people provide much of the energy in the conservative movement, and if we are going to be successful as a party we need to harness that energy and put it work on behalf of the principles we all believe in – more freedom, lower taxes and limited government," says Romney Adviser Eric Fehrnstrom.

Since February, Romney has made a series of moves that could aid in any 2012 reprise of his 2008 presidential bid: 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. He's also finished a new book, due out next year.


"From now until November of 2010, I will be working to help conservatives across the country," Romney told CNN last week. "The country, in my view, is being taken a direction that is very damaging, and I think people want to see a strong return of fundamental American principles."


–CNN Political Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report


Filed under: Mitt Romney • Ronald Reagan
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. aware

    When Huck disses Palin he loses my respect and my support! :(

    So that narrows the field:)

    November 10, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Vets4Obama

    Talk about brainwashing the youth. This is nothing other then a cult of domestic terrorists, and the grand pubah in white robe and white hat is Romney.

    The only thing conservatives ever did right for this country, was being thrown out of leadership roles. Their policies are a recipe for disaster, proven time and time again. Reaganomics RUINED this country!

    November 10, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Richp

    Good old MIlt, another liberal in Republican clothing. We need to get the rest of the democrats out of the republican party.

    November 10, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Jayden,FL

    Romney is already running for President!

    November 10, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. mjm

    The only thing young people have to know is that there is no future for this country as long as the Democrats keep us on this path to socialism. Future generations WILL NEVE be able to afford the Pelosi bill and Cap-n-Tax.

    Unless young people wise up, and stop voting for liberal Democrats like Obama and Pelosi, this nation is DONE.

    November 10, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. victim of republican greed

    Republicans say, "More freedom;" except for women and those with an alternate lifestyle, or a non christian name. Republicans say, "Lower taxes" but the only relief delivered to the majority of Americans making less than $250,000 was by President Obama on April 1 through the stimulus. Republicans say, "Limited government," except for unnecessary wars, wiretapping, torture, cases like Terry Schaivo, no bid contracts to Halliburton/Blackwater/Xe and bank bailouts without any strings attached.

    November 10, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Reno, NV

    He is too far right. I don't think I will vote for him.

    November 10, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. victim of republican greed

    The real energy of the conservative movement is supplied by extreme wealth of the right wing tea party organizers, big corporations, and the too big to fail banks.

    November 10, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. victim of republican greed

    Too bad Mittens does not want to help moderate republicans, as they out number the wing nuts.

    November 10, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Enough

    Young conservatives from college...........that's so rare. Colleges are known to brainwash and push their liberal agenda on the students. It's refreshing to see there are still some smart students left that can actually think for themselves, instead of their professors doing it for them.

    November 10, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. Dave

    Then why did government grow in record numbers under Reagan and we had to use taxpayer funds to pay for all the scandals that arose during and after his presidency? S&L Scandal – Iran Contra yada yada yada.

    November 10, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Duck Fallas

    How cute! Young conservatives will be presented with the Sig Rune and receive their own magic underwear at the same rally.

    Indoctrination is fun, as long as none of "those" people are involved, wink wink.

    November 10, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    Run Mitt run...we need someone who can take care of the economy without enslaving our future generations with debt.

    November 10, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. diane

    yes, by all means, limit government, so all you rich people can keep getting richer, at the cost of the middle class and poverty level . obama,s plan is more government , thank GOD, so he can try to HELP the american people, which republicans never do.

    November 10, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. mark

    Save our country in 2012 Mr. Romney!

    November 10, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. W l Jones

    Limited government which mean he will be working for big business instead of the American people. We had that in not to distance past see what happen to our economy,.. it is a total m...s. Thank but no thank, we deserve better.

    November 10, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. tim

    who cares the next white house election is a massive 3 years away , the polls now, all your predictions now mean nothing . three years is an eternatey in politics . a million things could happen before then . your so obssesed with polls an predictions an there is 3 years to go before 2012 , GET A LIFE.

    November 10, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    ha a ha ha ha ha ah ha ha ha ha ha A mormon on an actor's ranch. Definitely news.

    November 10, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Yes, but will he speak in tongues, or in the goofball speak that only rightwing birth-baggers can understand, or in the flip-flopese that the once-moderate, now kow-towing-to-the-right [R]s talk in?

    The deluded party of 'no' screams and rants about non-existent socialism so they can fool their ignorant and vacuous followers into re-instating their brand of facsism back into American gov't. Since the abject failure of that recent [R] experiment is still hitting us squarely in the face, the bovines and monkeys that call themselves the [R] base clearly need some gene therapy.

    November 10, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. D. Tree

    Hey Romney, it takes more to compare to Reagan than just a fancy hair-do!

    November 10, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. Kevin Evansville, IN

    GOP principles in more detail:

    More freedom for corporations to run the country. Lower taxes for the wealthy. Limited government involvement in protecting minorities, consumers, and workers.

    And, along the way, shoving a mutant strain of religion down everyone's neck.

    November 10, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. yuri

    Mitt muses on aping McCain in his 2nd bid for office. Overall, the GOP gang is goin' thru a spell of great depression.

    November 10, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. MARK

    Romney/Palin 2012

    November 10, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. Ted Tartaglia

    Romney is doomed! Evangelical "Christians"? will never support him. He is a Mormon, not a "true Christian".

    November 10, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "From now until November of 2010, I will be working to help conservatives across the country"

    Must be nice being rich so you don't have to do anything useful.

    November 10, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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