November 10th, 2009
02:08 PM ET
13 years ago

First on the Ticker: Romney to speak at Reagan Ranch

(CNN) - Mitt Romney is heading to Reagan country.

The former Massachusetts governor is scheduled to speak this Friday to the Young America's Foundation at the Ronald Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California. Romney is expected to be the dinner banquet speaker for the foundation's West Coast Leadership Conference, which consists of young conservatives from 44 colleges and universities across 12 states.

"Young people provide much of the energy in the conservative movement, and if we are going to be successful as a party we need to harness that energy and put it work on behalf of the principles we all believe in – more freedom, lower taxes and limited government," says Romney Adviser Eric Fehrnstrom.

Since February, Romney has made a series of moves that could aid in any 2012 reprise of his 2008 presidential bid: He has attended nine events for senatorial candidates, appeared at more than a dozen rallies or fundraisers for those running for governor this year or next, and spoken at almost two dozen meetings of Republican Party groups or conservative organizations. He's also finished a new book, due out next year.

"From now until November of 2010, I will be working to help conservatives across the country," Romney told CNN last week. "The country, in my view, is being taken a direction that is very damaging, and I think people want to see a strong return of fundamental American principles."

–CNN Political Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report

Filed under: Mitt Romney • Ronald Reagan
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Potomac Wonderfool

    I would like to remind Romney and his Reagan loving cohorts. They are all moaning loudly about increasing unemployment under Obama. When Reagan became president, the unemployment kept going up for TWO years and was in double digits. They may also want to remember Reagan's famous advice "deficits don't matter". Or may be they don't want to remember any of this. These are "inconvenient truths".

    November 10, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Michele

    If he actually shows, he's one up on Sarah.

    November 10, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. 30 Year Veteran

    Yippee! Up and away Blaze we're at the two-bit movie actor's place who along with the likes of Obama & Carter became President of the U.S. Anyone can do it. It don't take no brains. Just a will to fool ignorance.

    November 10, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. unshrub

    It is comical how republican presidential hopefuls try to kiss up to Reagan and the ultra conservatives. These modern-day conservatives would never support Reagan if he ran today. How sad. 🙁

    November 10, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. m jeff

    Oh no, another Regan wannabe.

    November 10, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Johnny B

    Interesting, the Republicans are touting more freedom with their talks with young conservatives. Because "more freedom" is code for suppressing the freedom of those that do not believe in what the Conservative Republicans believe.

    November 10, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Vets4Obama

    Obama heads to Fort Hood, republicans go out campaigning. What dirt BAGS. Now we know for certain that republicans are anti military as they always have been. They have consistantly denied better benefits to our men in uniform and their top leadership has either gone awol, given away critical information to the enemy, or dodged the draft five times.

    Patriotism doesn't count when it comes AFTER you failed to do your job for your country, and republicans have ALWAYS failed the military, that is other then killing them.

    November 10, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. The Essential Republican

    That's right, Mitt. The younger members of the GOP–those between 55 and 80–are the energy of our party!

    Romney/Hannity 2012

    November 10, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. Jane/Seattle

    It only stands to reason that in America ONLY double-dealing Capitalists can ROB these COMMONS and mostly always get away with it (just look no further than Bush/Cheney et all)! Combine this with a co-opted media mostly owned by Rupert Murdock and we have a massively ignored problem. men like Romnew who has profitted from others' misery get to be taken seriously and respectfully. Men like Jimmy Carter get ridiculed and reviled for being actually quite moral compared to capitalists like Romney! It is poor black, brown folks who get scapegoated in America while the "illegal employers" (Thom Hartmann) have no consequences! The poor get sent to the prisons for other capitalists to get rich!

    This guy is a fake, a fraud, an opportunist and all manner of predator, but then this is what America has become – A Nation of Thugs ruling the world to take all that is not nailed down while calling Theft FREE Enterprise! Reagan, Romney, Rush and all of the rest are just the symptoms. The dis-ease is GREED! Trying to ride in on Reagan's coattails is a very bad idea! He was just a shill for his masters just as all the rest who serve Caesar are...

    November 10, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. Reaganomics Leads To Feudalism

    Here we go again....

    Let's cut taxes for multi-millionares, deregulate the market, get rid of government funded social programs, do away with labor unions, spend godless amounts of federal tax dollars on weapons, and use our military might to reshape the world in OUR image...

    Sound familiar?

    November 10, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. Terry from West Texas

    Romney and Reagan: two scary guys. Romney is scary because he is very smart, he means what he says, and he will continue the Conservative destruction of America's middle class. To him, America is a nation of corporations, by corporations, and for corporations. Corporations have a lot of power and they have no ethical or moral values. Romney is their spokesperson.

    Reagan was a genuinely nice guy. He believed in the Saturday Evening Post, Reader's Digest, and apple pie. He had no idea, like most Conservative voters, that his policies were destroying the nation he loved. He earnestly believed Conservative rhetoric, and he never realized that what he said and believed is not what his subordinates actually did.

    November 10, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. Clint

    Just curious, but I wonder how many of the freedom loving members of the conservative West Coast Leadership Conference are in the military or plan to fight for that freedom, or are they going to take the same approach to freedom as Mitt's five sons whom he said better served their country by helping to get him elected. Nothing like a chicken hawk to be an expert on the price of our freedoms.

    November 10, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. notfooledtx

    "Young people provide much of the energy in the conservative movement,"

    That's a joke right? The base of the republican party is angry old white people, young people wouldn't likely touch that mess with a ten foot pole.

    "...and if we are going to be successful as a party we need to harness that energy and put it work on behalf of the principles we all believe in – more freedom, lower taxes and limited government," says Romney Adviser Eric Fehrnstrom.

    So they can repeat the disaster we're living now? I think young people are smarter than that. The same old tired freedom, lower taxes and limited government schtick that proved to be a disaster in the making.

    Romney is like a talking corpse – you think he's going to fire up young voters? BWAAAAHHHHHH!!! I guess it beats bible study.

    November 10, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. Reaganomics Leads To Feudalism

    If anyone believes that common working-class people should be able to own their own homes and property, join a labor union and make a decent livng wage, etc. do NOT vote for this guy in 2012.

    MItt Romney, IF eleced, will push a radical right-wing economic agenda that, if enacted, would take this country down the road towards feudalism.

    Say NO to the destruction of our middle-class. Say NO to Mitt (the Feudalist) Romney.

    November 10, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. People that aren't selfish Jerks

    Romney is the Man...We all love Romney

    November 10, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but.....

    Trickledown economics were the worst wealth re-distribution scam ever perpetrated on the middle class of this nation. Ronny Rayguns can rot in hell. Have a nice day!

    November 10, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. Steph

    Who cares? The guys got tons of time on his hands...with no real job or anything.

    November 10, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. ANGIE

    he's about a dumb a palin.

    November 10, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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