Cheney to fund-raise for Romney
May 21st, 2012
12:16 PM ET
3 years ago

Cheney to fund-raise for Romney

(CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, will host a fund-raising event for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a campaign aide confirmed Monday.

The event is scheduled for July 12 at Cheney's home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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Romney's campaign has largely kept its distance from the George W. Bush administration, though last year the candidate mentioned Cheney had ideal qualities for a running mate pick.

"Whether you agree or disagree with him, this a man of wisdom and judgment, and he could have been president of the United States," Romney said at an Arizona town hall in September. "That's the kind of person I'd like to have - a person of wisdom and judgment."

Cheney has mostly stayed out of politics this cycle and underwent a heart transplant in March.

Last month, however, the former vice president offered some advice for Romney in his running mate search and emphasized the importance of the decision.

"I think the single most important criteria has to be the capacity to be president," Cheney said in remarks to students at the Washington Center. "That's why you pick them. I think lots of times in the past that has not been the foremost criteria."

News of the fundraising event also came a week after Bush made an impromptu endorsement of Romney while answering a reporter's question as he stepped onto an elevator.

"I'm for Mitt Romney," Bush said.

While Romney's campaign said they "welcomed" the endorsement, the presumptive GOP nominee rarely uses the 43rd president's name on stage, typically using the term "predecessor" instead.

Cheney's impending efforts were first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

– CNN's Rachel Streitfeld, Kevin Liptak and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Dick Cheney • Fundraising • Mitt Romney • Wyoming
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. JohnW

    What is thy bidding, my master?

    May 21, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Lookin' good Dick!! Keep up the good work!! I sure wish Dick Cheney was still the VP instead of Crazy Joe, Mr. Gaff-O-Matic, Mr. Wrong on every foreign policy issues, even though he was billed as the foreign policy "expert". He'd be as incompetent as Obama in the Whitehouse.

    May 21, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Belle

    Lol. Wow, just wow.

    May 21, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. admire simbarasi

    Time to run Willard...

    May 21, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Richard Broderick, Jr.

    Torturers for Mitt.

    May 21, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Toad

    Here comes the clowns! Mitt needs all the help he can get even from the GOP good old boys club!. Watching mannequin Mitt is like watching a tree stump. I think watching grass grow is more exciting!

    May 21, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Thomas

    That photo says it all , President Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld !

    If the American people elect Mitt Romney , we either have a memory problem or we love pain !

    "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"

    Romney / Bush
    ?

    May 21, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    Jeez, anyone need any MORE proof Rmoney is GWB v.2, minus the compassion and public speaking skills?

    May 21, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Toad – like watching a tree stump. I think watching grass grow is more exciting!
    ==========================================================
    What is exciting about Obama? His high unemployment rate? Huge deficits?? Record debt??? Ohhh, it's his Hollywood Celebrity-in-Chied status!

    I'll take tree stump, grass growing COMPETENCE over celebrity INCOMPETENCE every single time when it comes to selecting a president.

    May 21, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. Toad

    WOW how more conservative can you get than Dick Cheney

    May 21, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Pam from Iowa

    Boy! If that don't mean 'more of the same' from the GOP, nothing does!!!!
    If Romney really wants to win, he needs to dis-associate from crooks like Cheney!!!!

    May 21, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Rick 7809

    Probably just a get together of all of his friends from the secret energy meetings with GWB. You remember, the meetings that set the stage for the Iraq war and the explosion in energy prices. Hey Mitt, all you need now is Karl Rove as an advisor and you guys can plan for war with Iran.

    May 21, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Newmoon2

    Great! Now Mitt is in league with the devil himself!

    May 21, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. Ragatang

    Poor Romney, he needs every stumps he can get, even decayed ones.

    May 21, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. beevee

    Does anyone really want to contribute at this guy's fund raising gimick? I hope not.

    May 21, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Molly

    Wow! It will be the Cheney/Romney ticket. So very scary! All we need to do is have a repeat of the SINS of the PAST!
    OBAMA 2012!

    May 21, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    kiss it goodbye Flippy. This disgusting excuse for a human being will sink you more than any of the other endorsements you've compiled so far

    May 21, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. cali girl

    What will Robmey have to do if Dicky gives him money? Here comes Dubya II.

    May 21, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. Woman In California

    Is this REALLY what America wants? A vote for Willard is a vote for ALL things Bush and Cheney and I don't think this country can sustain another reign of this type. Surely we will collaspe if this happens AGAIN and we need to be vigilant and vote against this type of corruption and abuse of power.

    Vote smart and vote for Obama for continued sanity and restoration.

    May 21, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Cheney is there to secure the support of some of the old guard that hasn't clearly supported Romney as of this point.

    May 21, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. Gurgyl

    Mitt Romney is a job creator in CHINA and money stasher in cayman island. Watch him on YouTube, type, when mitt
    Romney came to town.....debt is from 2 wars+trickle down nonsense.....

    May 21, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. big duke

    Why make a long speech to those are already going to give money. Why not just open his wallet and give him some of the gas money he has gotten from the American people?

    May 21, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. Voltaire

    Death Vader pushing for alexithymic Mitt? Has Mitt called W Bush by his name yet? And where is W?

    May 21, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. lies from the right but mostly hate

    Biden is wrong on every foriegn policy. Does anyone remember iraq that was sure a gem from cheney now wasn't it

    May 21, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Look! It's "deficits don't matter" Dick! What an asset to have on one's team. (Only off by two letters!)

    May 21, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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