October 12th, 2009
07:49 AM ET
13 years ago

Romney hits the road for Christie, Toomey

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/09/art.romney.gi.jpg caption="Romney hits New Jersey tonight, Pennsylvania tomorrow."](CNN) - Mitt Romney, continuing to lay the groundwork for a possible 2012 presidential run, will officially endorse Pennsylvania Senate candidate Pat Toomey Tuesday in Philadelphia.

It's a move that marks the progress Romney has made in shoring up bonds with some key conservative constituencies. Just over two years ago, with Romney's presidential effort in full swing, Toomey raised questions about the former Massachusetts governor's record on fiscal issues.

"Governor Romney's economic record contains a mixture of pro-growth accomplishments and some troublesome positions that beg to be explained," the then-Club for Growth president said in a statement, listing the group's concerns but giving the presidential candidate his conditional approval.

Still, in February of last year, after it became clear McCain had effectively beaten Romney to capture the GOP presidential nomination, Toomey penned a Wall Street Journal op-ed naming solid economic conservatives he thought the Arizona senator should consider as his running mate. Not on that list: Mitt Romney.

Monday night, Romney will make an effort on behalf of another Northeast Republican, attending a fundraiser for New Jersey's GOP gubernatorial candidate, Chris Christie.

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Pat Toomey
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Who cares?! Really. Who?

    October 12, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. Ez

    So what? Mitt Romney is NOT Presidential material. Is this the BEST the Republicans have? Bring it on.

    October 12, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. quasar63

    So much for the separation of church & state.

    October 12, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. diridi

    Another stupid idiot....don't even care these Idiots....America...you are so damaged by these IDIOTS...don't be cheated furtehr....ok...God bless you....this is the (ROMNEY) is the boss of the idiot gang...Republican Idiots...messed this nation so badly....irriparable....damage done to this great nation....by these idiots...Florida...you have any sense...don't even let these idiots come close to you....

    October 12, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    Good, we need more diveristy in the government.

    October 12, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. yuri

    Romney has been reasonably quiet these days. He is one of several saner sons in the GOP, and we hope he maintains this soothin' status of his, much to the chagrin of his own party opponents.

    October 12, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Nick

    His dad was a disaster for the State of Michigan – enough said.

    October 12, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. Doug, New Jersey

    He is a great man but I advice against him wasting his time in this liberal Democrat Cronie wasteland known as New Jersey.

    There are just too many Mafia/Union types, governemnt dependents, and misguided hate-filled Democrats who live a life of anger, hate, meaness, and a desire to bring the misery that defines their life to the lives of others. These people are the worst our nation has, and they would vote for even Ahmadenijad or Bin Laden if they had a little d next to their name.

    There are some great people in Pennsylvania, it is possible that they could defeat the evil people that reside in the Eastern part of that state, but there must be watch dogs to catch the Obama/ACORN crew with their usual voter fraud and intimidation techniques that defy everything this country stands for.

    October 12, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. di

    GOP presidential nomination, needs to be a new face. Romney, Clinton, McCain and Palin lost so lets move on!!

    October 12, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. me happy- at 4:20 each day

    Am I the only one who'd vote for Romney just because he is good looking?

    October 12, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. Robert

    I wish him luck but nothing would change he would be another bush

    October 12, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. Dan, TX

    Pro-abortion, pro-socialized medicine. Romney is the man!

    October 12, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. sharon

    if anyone wnats to make a run for an office........leave romney out .

    October 12, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. MK in Arizona

    I can't wait to vote for Romney in 2012!

    October 12, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |