February 3rd, 2010
03:46 PM ET
4 years ago

Romney to raise money for Thune

South Dakota Sen. John Thune is a potential 2012 presidential candidate.
South Dakota Sen. John Thune is a potential 2012 presidential candidate.

Washington (CNN) – Mitt Romney, who has racked up thousands of frequent flyer miles over the last year assisting Republican candidates, will make perhaps his most high-profile stop of the 2010 election cycle later this month when he travels to South Dakota to raise money for Sen. John Thune.

Romney will headline a fundraiser for Thune - another telegenic Republican on the list of potential 2012 White House candidates - at a Holiday Inn in Sioux Falls on Feb. 19, a Romney aide told CNN.

With a flurry of campaign stops and financial assistance, Romney put his stamp on the three biggest GOP victories of the last year: the Virginia and New Jersey governors races and the special Senate election in Massachusetts.

The presidential buzz around Thune has grown louder over the last year thanks to a visit to Iowa, a new position in the Senate GOP leadership and a 2010 campaign war chest that keeps growing despite the lack of a serious Democratic challenger. Thune ended 2009 with more than $6 million in the bank.

"After grueling Senate elections in 2002 and 2004, Sen. Thune has learned not to take any chances and to always be prepared," said Thune campaign manager Justin Brasell. "At $100/ticket this event is as much about generating enthusiasm and volunteer sign ups as it is about raising money. We want our entire Republican ticket to win in South Dakota this cycle from the Senate and Gubernatorial races on down, and this event will be a great way to kick off the election year."

The fundraiser was first reported by the National Journal.


Filed under: 2010 • 2012 • John Thune • Mitt Romney • South Dakota
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Jane/Seattle

    What better things does this Rich, insider have to do? Answer: Everything to SCREW America Further and Enrich himself! Tea Partiers Take Note: We need YOU All to help us get ALL the Profiteers out of Office! Read a good book and come to help us. Some recommendations:
    1. Thom Hartmann's "Screwed"
    2. Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise Of Disaster Capitalism"
    3. Thom's new one: "Threshold" and also, "The Last Hours Of Ancient Sunlight"
    4. Naomi Wolf's "The End Of America: A Letter Of Warning To A Young Patriot"
    5. Anything by Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Thom, Jeremy Scahill (Blackwater...), William Greider, Joseph Stiglitz ( a real ECONOMIST!), Jeff Sharlet's "The Family" and many more.

    Send to Sarah Palin and Rush et al when finished. Thanks. Peace would cut spending instantly!

    February 3, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Mittens is like Captain Marvel

    Mitt wants us to believe that If it wasn't for him, New Jersey, Virginia, and MA, would never have voted the way they did. Mitt single handedly delivered those states to the right wingnut tea baggers. Way to go, Mr. Mittens.

    February 3, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Bill NY

    With a huge stake in vomitos pizza the Mitt can have his company buy the election for his chum, thanks to those activist judges ruling from the bench.

    February 3, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Luke

    Romney all you do is divide, go away.
    As a resident of MA I formally apologize for allowing Mitt Romeny into office.

    February 3, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. LIP

    Because he is a Republican, the usual slurs will be blogged here, but this guy is as clean as a whistle and could probably be considered a moderate Republican, more of what we need in congress, to include Democrats. These people do a better job of looking out for what is right and just in politics and doing the people's business with no nonsense.

    February 3, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. harold

    What would Thune do for the USA people?.. Give them all health care like he enjoys in the Senate?

    February 3, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. c spurgeon

    This is a pure obstructionist who is much more concerned about his own job and wallet than he ever will be about the country. Hopefully vote him out. Term Limits are the answer.

    February 3, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. gary davis harbor oregon

    SOUTH DAKOTA mormon state mormon policies , mormon republican puristy at its finest . white is the way , so if a democrat actually won the state it would be because people in south dakota are waking up to the lies from the purist party of NO :)

    February 3, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. american patriot

    VOTE HIM OUT or he will do your state great harm and ignore YOU the people.

    If he is tied to Romney, he must be investigated for corruption

    February 3, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Great picture. C Street party/racist boy ensign right behind him. Is he getting tips on how to cheat on your wife and your government job?

    February 3, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |