March 29th, 2010
10:03 AM ET
12 years ago

Romney returns to Iowa for first time since 2008


Mitt Romney is headed back to Iowa for the first time since his 2008 presidential bid came to a close. (Getty Images)

(CNN) - Mitt Romney returns to Iowa Monday for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign.

While the former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate may make another bid for the White House, his first trip to Iowa in two years is also partially about selling books.

Romney will give remarks and signs books at an event at the Des Moines Public Library. Later Monday, he speaks at Iowa State University. Romney's book, "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness," was released at the beginning of the month and made the New York Times bestseller list.

The former Massachusetts governor is not the only possible 2012 GOP presidential hopeful to peddle books in Iowa, where caucuses kick off the presidential primary season.

Both former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who also ran for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination, held book signings in Iowa late last year.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at a Pottawattamie County Republican Party lunch Tuesday. It's the second trip to Iowa in less than a month for Santorum, who represented Pennsylvania for two terms in the U.S. Senate before losing re-election in 2006.

Some of Romney's possible opponents 2012 opponents have pointed out what they call the similarities between the health care reforms passed by Congress and signed into law last week by Obama and the Massachusetts model passed while Romney was governor of the Bay State.

In an interview published Sunday in the Nashua Telegram, Minnesota Gov. and probable Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said "looking at the Massachusetts experience, it would not be one I would want for the country to follow any further."

In a statement to CNN Monday, Romney advisor Eric Fehrnstrom responded: "While there are some similarities between the two plans, the differences are far more profound. Obama's plan has turned into a Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde version of what Mitt Romney passed in Massachusetts with massive tax increases, cuts in senior care, insurance price controls and an over-reaching federal government."

Polls suggest that Romney, Palin and Huckabee all appear bunched together at the front of the pack in a very early look at the next race for the White House. According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released last week, 22 percent of Republicans want to see Romney get the GOP nomination, with 18 percent backing Palin and 17 percent supporting Huckabee. All other Republicans tested in the poll were in single digits.

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Shouterguy

    Maybe explaining why he opposed health care reform IDENTICAL to that he SUPPORTED in Massachusetts?

    For it before he was against it.


    March 29, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Steve from Oregon

    I hope his book title isn't suggesting he is great. He was and is a complete disaster as a politician.

    March 29, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. A keen observer

    Just another washed up politician who doesn't know when to quit!

    March 29, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. Shouterguy

    Still looks like a smug mortician.

    "Last man in town to let you down."

    March 29, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. Minnesotan

    And this is news? I'm much more interested in Mitt Romney's hair – it's the only interesting, and smartest, thing about him.

    March 29, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Bill

    Mittens "wrote" a book, too?

    How cute.

    March 29, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Tommy P

    I'm not voting for a guy whose religion openly discriminated against blacks until recently. It is obvious he holds the same views of his religion.

    March 29, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Tim Pawlenty said "looking at the Massachusetts experience, it would not be one I would want for the country to follow any further."

    I think Pawlenty and Romney would agree on this. Its no model for a national plan. But our rookie president, Obama foolishly thought it was. Next time he should ask the veteran at healthcare, Romney.

    March 29, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Lori

    Tim Pawlenty said "looking at the Massachusetts experience, it would not be one I would want for the country to follow any further."

    Romney would agree with this. Its no template for a national plan. That our rookie president Obama thought it was makes him the fool.

    March 29, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. GI Joe

    He will not win..

    March 29, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. Val in MA

    Hello Mr. President!

    The elections of 2010 and 2012 can't come soon enough.

    March 29, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Was the 1st Time Practice?

    This guy is a perpetual campaigner. Does he ever give it a rest?

    He's kinda of like McCain ... thinks he is entitled to the Presidency.

    Seems committed to running for it multiple times, like John McCain.

    I don't trust politicians like this .... be like Bob Dole ... run once .... lose ... hang it up.

    You can't be like Bill Clinton ... run once ... win ... run again ... win

    March 29, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Ivan

    Romney you are the proverbial finger in the wind guy. You change with the wind, whatever way it is blowing that's the way you go. What you did or said the the past is blown away with the next gust of air.

    March 29, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. get real

    Oh, poor Mitt. The ultra right wing Christian conservatives will never vote for you because they are bigots, and sadly they run the Republican party right now. Can anyone see the folks calling Bart Stupak a baby killer voting for Mitt, the Mormon who pushed government run health care on the people of his state and who was once pro-choice but now claims to be pro-life, over Palin or the Huckster???

    March 29, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. Andi

    Is this the best that the GOP can do? Seriously....Mitt the Pit Bull? Pretty boy thinks he can get it on looks alone? Puleeese. The extreme right wingers won't see the Whites House again for decades. Appealing to the stupid, un-educated and just plain delusional is all they have left. Keep up the good work Mitt. LMAO.

    March 29, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. SpringGambit

    Decisions, decisions! With so many up and coming GOP candidates being thrown into the mix, how will the T-Pers ever choose just one to be their leader?

    Not only does each *up and coming* candidate have their own personal baggage to deal with, they also have Palin to consider. Pushing her under the bus isn't going be easy. Especially considering that not so very long ago Pawlenty, Huckabee, and Santorum were seen all over the air-waves spouting their glowing praise of Palin.

    Might all well just toss a coin in the air and be done with it.

    March 29, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. cranker123

    this guy tried to buy the last nomanation and it did not work
    give it up
    you are a republican that passed healthcare in mass. and now you want to back away from it
    you are doomed you liar

    March 29, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. Oy Vey

    I wouldn't trust this guy as far as I can throw him. He's a politician at his finest, and he doesn't speak on my behalf. Just waiting for something to come out about his personal life. Bound to happen!

    March 29, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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