October 1st, 2009
05:45 AM ET
13 years ago

McCain helps former rival Romney raise big money

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/28/art.romney.0928.jpg caption="Romney visited Utah and Arizona earlier this week."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Mitt Romney has spent much of 2009 raising money for other Republicans, but the former Massachusetts governor is also working hard to keep his own coffers flush.

Romney collected over $200,000 during a two-day Western swing this week, according to an aide - a total that includes $85,000 raised at a Wednesday event in Phoenix co-hosted by his former Republican presidential primary opponent John McCain.

McCain and his fellow Arizona senator Jon Kyl headlined the event at Chase Bank Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Romney also took in $125,00 from a $1,000-a-plate dinner in Salt Lake City on Tuesday.

The money will go to Romney's "Free and Strong America" political action committee, which allows him to maintain a national profile by traveling the country in support of other Republican candidates as he mulls a second presidential bid in 2012.

UPDATE: McCain was not at the Phoenix event but lent his name to the invitation.

Filed under: Arizona • John McCain • Jon Kyl • Mitt Romney • Utah
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Dan, TX

    LOL, the republicans really need to come up with a serious candidate. Anyone who lost to McCain last time, isn't going to stand a chance.

    October 1, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. Angry Cow

    Looks like Senator McCain really wants to become Secretary of Defense McCain.

    October 1, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. diridi

    this is the biggest IDIOT...OF ALL THE TIME...

    October 1, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. redleg

    If we were all free and strong like Romney we would be still be colonies and the Reich would rule Europe.

    October 1, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. Rich in Az

    Gee, thanks Johnny, for lending your name. What a pair, a no show and a quitter.

    October 1, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. Terry from West Texas

    The last thing America needs is a CEO president. Those guys only relate to the top 5% – the wealthy class, the people who own 95% of America. To Romney, the middle class is useful only as low-paid employees and overspending consumers. He believes in low wages, no benefits, no job security, and outsourcing every job that can be outsourced.

    Thank God he is a Mormon, and the anti-Mormon prejudice held by many non-Mormon fundamentalist Christians will probably prevent him from getting the nomination. This is one of the few times where religious prejudice has a positive outcome.

    Let me be clear. I do not discriminate against Mormons, only CEOs.

    October 1, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Bubble of Sanity

    I'm glad money is not directly connected to votes; otherwise, Romney might get elected to something. Give him all the money he wants; just keep him out of any elected office. Please.

    October 1, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Clint

    Its 2009 Mitt. Why waste your time on an election that is three years away. Use the "freedom" you are so concerned with to do something positive in the world other than make money and keep your face in the press.

    October 1, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. Ken

    Hypocritcal deluded neo-morons are being separated from their money, for a cause and person they themselves won't support because of jingoistic religious reasons. I CELEBRATE this news!...... and thank god everyday for the beatdown the rightwing underbelly took via the 2008 elections. But these neo-idiots are like cancer in only temporary remission, with enough bad cells remaining to eventually do harm to the body - it is one of the stupendously unbelievable points of American history that a significant percentage of the public still supports the [R] party after the abject failure they gave us for 8 years, and upon witnessing their current birth-bagging drama-queen behavior....their childlike, Palinesque view of the "real Amerika" is anti-American to the core.

    October 1, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. james

    How sad that politicians have to grovel at the feet of special interests in order to run a campaign for office. This sort of pandering to well-connected people for money, just makes a mockery of our political system. Without campaign finance reform, we will continue to be second class citizens to large corporations and special interest groups. The first ammendment is great, but I don't think it's intended to give a small minority a louder voice than the rest of us.

    October 1, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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