July 18th, 2008
03:32 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain and Romney worlds collide in Michigan

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/15/art.romney.gi.jpg caption="Former Romney donors showed up to help McCain on Friday."]DETROIT, Michigan (CNN) - Several of Mitt Romney's top fundraisers anted up for John McCain on Friday afternoon in Detroit, and McCain returned the favor with some words of praise for his former rival.

"In case you missed it, as short a time ago as this morning, Mitt has been on the shows, not only defending, but standing up for the things that we believe in, are important to the future of the country," McCain told a small group of donors gathered at the Detroit Athletic Club, referring to Romney's efforts as a campaign surrogate.

The event raised over $1 million for his campaign.

McCain dined at a table with at least two of Romney’s top fundraisers - John Rakolta, Jr. and Ed Levy, Jr., both of whom were Bush "Rangers" during the 2004 cycle. They were joined by Romney's brother Scott, a Michigan attorney.

After a brief lunch, McCain spoke glowingly of not just of Romney, but also his wife Ann.

"I knew Mitt, and I knew what an outstanding individual he is and what a wonderful family person," McCain said, "but I hadn’t had the chance to get to know Ann, who we all know is battling a disease and she is a woman of courage and beauty and grace."

In the audience was Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis, who said adding Romney to the Republican ticket would give McCain a major boost in Michigan.

Anuzis argued that Romney would also shore up GOP support in the swing states of Colorado, New Hampshire, Iowa, and Nevada, where Romney enjoyed strong support during the primaries.

Filed under: John McCain • Mitt Romney
soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. Glen, San Antonio, TX

    I would like to say that many people on this blog are very negative about Mitt Romney and about his religion. I know Mitt personally and know that he is a man of honesty and integrity.

    I also have a great deal of respect for his religion.

    However, religion should not be a part of the political debate. Our founding fathers and millions of service men and women have worked to protect our liberties and the right to worship as we choose.

    We should elevate the discussion to focus on the facts and solutions to the many issues that face our country and not missrepresent a person and his religious views. Many of the comments about polygamy are certainly not true as I believe that anyone caught practicing polygamy is excommunicated from the Mormon church...So how can anyone say that they condone its practice.

    July 18, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. Hans-Erik Iken

    He still won't win in Michigan.....

    July 18, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. rocky

    Hey, lets pick Obama, because we all know, he is gonna make gas go away, take taxes away, save the whales, ect. If you listen to people, its like his following is a cult. He wont do 20% of the crap he is saying. He is a left-wing liberal that has only been in the senate two years. Yeah. THATs what we need right now.

    July 18, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. Dave, Illinois

    Obamites pollute every forum they spew their filth in.....

    July 18, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  5. TerryDo

    One of the criteria in which you pick your vice-president is that if something happens to the President, your vice-president will make a good president also; Mr. McCain your perfect vice-president is the one and only Mitt Romney, who will also help you win the presidency.

    That is of course, if H.R. Clinton does not win the Democratic Nomination at the Denver Convention.

    If she win the nomination, all bets are off, she will definitely be the next President of America... God Bless America Indeed!!!

    July 18, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    I can't wait to see Mitt Romney's melt down when McCain loses this election.

    July 18, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  7. RB

    HA! IF LOOKS COULD KILL!! I wonder what pretty boy what thinking at the exact instant the shot was taken? "You crusty, old, ........" or "I just blew $45M and lost to this fool."

    July 18, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. K

    Duh, Samantha!
    The same way the Obama's and Clinton's are dripping in admiration now...are you that naive?

    July 18, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. K

    Ian, educate yourself on the Mormon religion buddy, your stupid is showing. If Obama can allow himself and his family to listen to hate speech for 20 years, I think we can allow Romney his beliefs that may not necessarily translate to ours.
    He would make a great candidate, I'm sorry Republicans caught on to him too late for the outcome to change!

    July 18, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Brian

    Romney '12

    Let's pretend like Obama has never flipflopped on an issue.

    July 18, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. Phil, FL

    Mitt will say and do anything – if he's VP when McOldster is disabled or worse, he gets to be POTUS even if NO ONE would have voted for him.

    Wake Up!!!!!!

    July 18, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. bk

    Nobama still continues to duck all debates. If he is not reading a prepare speech he screws up royal. He doesn't know anything and he won't be able to say I agree with Clinton, like in all of his previous debates. DEBATE, DEBATE, DEBATE.

    July 18, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. kayla

    obama 08

    July 18, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  14. aware

    Give it up Obama slaves!

    Obama, the great pretender, has no core principles, no moral center, no prioity other than winning, no judgment and no intestinal fortitude but he has questionable relationships, a record of acting only for political expediency, an audacious lust for power and egomania beyond belief!

    Obama will lose for all of the above reasons!

    McCain 08, the only wise choice! 🙂

    July 18, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. aware

    Give it up Obama slaves!

    Obama, the great pretender, has no core principles, no moral center, no priority other than winning, no judgment and no intestinal fortitude but he has questionable relationships, a record of acting only for political expediency, an audacious lust for power and egomania beyond belief! 🙁

    Obama will lose for all of the above reasons!

    McCain 08, the only wise choice! 🙂

    July 18, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  16. Johnny boy

    Well they got Sauls name almost right,just replace the z with an s.

    July 18, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  17. skunkrat The Marine

    Beginning to look more & more like the Bush crowd. way to go McBush.

    July 18, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. skunkrat The Marine

    MIKE – Don't be silly, Sen. Clinton would never be caught on a ticket with McStupid.

    July 18, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. Tough Love

    I see Rommey as McCain lapdog.... He wants the VP slot so bad he is salivating. McCain will lose no matter who he chooses for VP.

    July 18, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  20. vincent campellone

    Romney is a nice guy, yet would have preferred Neut Gingridge.
    He's got the fire of the Republic in his blood! But it's up to John

    July 18, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. Cynthia

    Mitt, if you are smart you'll run the other way – why join a sinking ship.

    July 18, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  22. RJ, CA

    Headline: McCain and Romney worlds collide in Michigan: How the h–l is this headline relevant to the story - other than, of course, creating a "negative" for McCain with the word "collide." More of the same "bias" - as usual, CNN!

    July 18, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  23. Christimarie

    Well, two free traders together who are for selling out the American workers on the altar of George Bush's globalism. What are they doing in Michigan? What an insult to the workers in that state.

    July 18, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. Mary

    I have to comment on a couple of things. First, does anyone out there know how much Obama spent on his campaign. It costs a lot of money to run for President, no matter what party you belong to. And where does that money go? it goes to pay bills for ads, for flights, for hotel rooms-it goes to us, the American people. So quit complaining.
    America's memory is so short. Mitt Romney took the 2002 Olympics that were hundreds of millions in debt and ridden with scandel and made them the most successful games ever! We would have had mud on our faces majorly if it hadn't been for Romney! Where have you people been! What if he were given the chance to do that for America as a nation. We need that. McCain needs that.
    And when did we forget about freedom of religion? Mitt Romney has one very amazing wife, who dispit her MS is accomplishing great things in her own right.. His religion is not a cult and is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. Get over it and quit bashing. Check out the facts.

    July 18, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
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