August 24th, 2010
04:37 PM ET
4 years ago

Romney in midterm spotlight over next 10 weeks

Mitt Romney is kicking off a 25 state tour.
Mitt Romney is kicking off a 25 state tour.

(CNN) – Mitt Romney is kicking off a tour on behalf of fellow Republicans running in this November's midterm elections that will take the former Massachusetts governor to 25 states across the country over the next ten weeks.

The tour, first reported by the Boston Globe and confirmed by a senior Romney adviser, kicks off Tuesday night when he attends a fundraiser in Boston for New Hampshire's Republican Party.

The event is the third time over the past month that Romney has helped raise money for New Hampshire Republicans. The state plays an important role in presidential primary process, thanks to New Hampshire's traditional role of holding the nation's first primary.

Romney ran for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination and is considered a likely bet to make another bid for the White House in 2012.

"We can't set a new course for America unless we change some of our political leadership. Governor Romney wants to do everything he can to be helpful to Republican candidates who are running on pro-growth platforms that promise less spending, lower taxes and a stronger economy," Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom tells CNN.

If nothing else, traveling to 25 states to campaign with GOP candidates will make Romney very visible in the months leading up to the unofficial kickoff of the next presidential run. The kickoff of the tour follows a meeting Romney had last weekend in New Hampshire with many of the staffers from his 2008 presidential campaign.

Of all the possible contenders for the next Republican presidential nomination, Romney appears to have the strongest organization at this very early moment. According to a Fehrnstrom, Romney's political action committee has endorsed over 150 Republican candidates and contributed more than $400,000 to conservative candidates and causes this election cycle.

And according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national survey conducted earlier this month, when Republican voters, at this early stage, were asked to choose among a list of nine potential GOP White House hopefuls, 21 percent said they would support Romney for their party's 2012 nomination, with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at 18 percent. Romney's three-point advantage over the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee was within the survey's sampling error. The poll indicated that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was in third place at 15 percent, one point ahead of former Arkansas Gov. and 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Ancient Texan

    Romney can testify that the Healthcare Plan in Massachusetts is bankrupt and the ObamaCare will follow the same path. He would have won the Nomination in 2008 if we could have decided who the Conservative was in the race. While we were trying to decide, liberal McCain slipped into the lead and couldn't be caught. A Conservative would have defeated Obama.

    August 24, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. Nadeem

    I think Romney is smart guy, but he is too much of a politician telling people what they want to hear. I don't think anyone knows where he honestly stands.

    August 24, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Time to lighten up on the hair dye Mitt... Let a few gray ones pop up once in a while!

    August 24, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Good point, steve kevlin, who points out that since Mitt Romney's dad was born in Mexico of American parents, he held dual Mexican-American citizenship, which he then passed on to Mitt (who really, folks, was just an "anchor baby").

    Based on the "seed of the father" theory, Mitt cannot become president of the United States ...

    Right, Franklin Graham?

    August 24, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  5. Sunshine

    Please, please, please, run for President.

    August 24, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  6. DENNA

    Hey Mittens, why don't you talk up the health care plan you passed for Massachusetts. It is strange that everyone loved your plan, but hate President Obama's plan. They are pretty much the same. Just once I wish you lying snakes would just admit that you don't like President Obama because he is black. The man is trying his best to drag this country back from the financial abyss, but you people won't give him an inch. Stay in Massachusetts and terrorize the citizens there.

    August 24, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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