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. charlie from the North

    This is what we can expect if we are foolish enough to vote Republican.

    August 24, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Oh!!! Mitt the Hypocrite will be campaigning against a healthcare bill that is basically the siamese twin of Massachusetts.

    August 24, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Trent

    Oh...good.

    August 24, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Debby

    Romney is a team player and I would love to see him get the 2012 Rep. nominee. Romney/Pawlenty sounds good.

    August 24, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Peter s

    Hey Mitt! just a quick question are you running as a tea bagger, a Republican or both ?

    August 24, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Surely Mitt Romney can see the Republican party as hypocrits, they will never support a Mormon.

    August 24, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. Augsbee

    Definitely those Americans wanting to munch of the system, taking advantage of the system as they laugh to the bank are not going to listen to anything he has to say but will mock him.

    August 24, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    Get lost! You won't make it. Stop wasting your money. Then again, spend it, just so that you become just like the rest of us middle class folks and you learn what it is that the shrub and his cronies did to our 401ks and our future retirement.

    August 24, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. Video Guy

    Uncle Mitt needs to face real life. The Republican right wing Christians are not going to let a Mormon near the White House. No mater if he is qualified or not. The Tea Party would have a fit. And Sarah would cry.

    August 24, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Jilli

    Loser...

    He couldn't buy his way into the last nomination, and it won't work this time. How does he stand upright without a spine? He doesn't appear to have any principles or convictions – he changes his opinion on the issues on a whim. No thanks Mittens.

    August 24, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. carlos

    he is just as credible as the alaska hag....hehehehe

    August 24, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Ellid

    Romney is every bit as plastic and phony now as he was two years ago. God help the country if we're dumb enough to take him seriously.

    August 24, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Mitt Romney will never get the support of the Religious Right. Being a Mormon will cost him the nomination.

    August 24, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. steve kevlin

    if the gop wants to get rid of the 14th ammendent then romney wouldnt be able to run for president. His dad was born in mexico.

    August 24, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. barry

    In the past I didn't think Romney had a chance. With the current condition we are in that might not be the case anymore. He has experience that may serve us well at this time. His strength is finance. I don't know if our country is to the point of being accepting of his religion. Yes we elected a black President but as you saw with Hillary and Palin the Media is very anti-woman when it comes to the Presidency. The same I fear will be true of his mormon faith. The Media will attack him just like they did Hillary and Palin. Racism, bigotry, and tolerance are decided by the Media in this country.

    August 24, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. Marty, FL

    Good. As the GOP desperately tries to run against health care for Americans, Romney's little tour can help remind voters health care that passed almost mirrors Romneycare. You betcha ;-)

    August 24, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. Augsbee

    Mormon??? is that the excuse???? don't worry, you'll be able to keep munching of the system, Obama, Reid, Pelosi will keep the money coming, I'm sure soon more stimulus money will be approved soon. Not to worry!!!!!!!

    August 24, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. Opinion0731

    If you look at Mitt's resume he is well qualified to take on the problems with our nations economy. He has been instrumental in turning around almost every organization he has been involved with. I think our nation is in desparate need of a turn around. I'd like to see the unemployment back to 5%, I'd like to see consumer confidence strong. I'd like to see the government out of the private sector (banking & insurance). I wish he had won nomination last election, Independents like myself didn't have a lot of options, we had to try and pick the lesser of two evils.

    August 24, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  19. diridi

    mitt romney is a total idiot...i have been telling for many months...true...Republicans dug this nation into :hell".

    August 24, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  20. Dale

    What used car is he trying to sell now?

    August 24, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  21. Ted

    Mitt, I think you and the idiot ex gov of Alaska would make a great prez/vp team which would get your butts kicked by Obama/Biden.

    August 24, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  22. Toughlove

    As a Christian I respect the values of those who are Mormon (though from a theological perspective I vehemently disagree with characterizing them as Christians). He would probably make an outstanding president. And he's surely a thousand times more qualifiedn than our current president is!... Of course a lot of people are....really.

    August 24, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  23. Hey Mitch, Your Dog Wants To Know . . .

    "Why did you strap me on your roof and drive to New Hampshire?"

    August 24, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  24. Four and The Door

    Mitt Romney has the experience, intelligence, values, leadership ability and understanding of real world economics to make the Federal government work for the people and the good of our country's future. This is in direct contrast on every point to why Obama is having such a difficult time getting anything to work. He was voted in on emotions and an anti-war feeling ( ironic as that may seem now ), but not enough people at the time considered any of the points above in their selection. And oh how we have learned what a mistake that was!

    August 24, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  25. Hey Mitt, Your Dog Wants To Know . . .

    ?Why did you strap Me to your roof and drive to New Hampshire?"

    August 24, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
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