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. jerry

    If the Republican Party thinks that Romney and Palin are the saviors of the party the next election will go Democrat.

    March 29, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. j

    Romney isn't going to win the Presidency so he might as well go home and stop campaigning.

    March 29, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Mitt 'The Hypocrite" Romney

    Your book isn't worth the paper it's printed on. The U.S. does need to apologize for 8 agonizing years of the Bush administration.

    March 29, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    I hope mittens can explain why his health care plan is bad for America.

    March 29, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. Alicia

    Hope the wind is not blowing too hard......might mess up his coifed hairdo.

    Which Mitt is showing up this time? The one that has the same health care as the state he is from that HE pushed for?

    Can we say Flip Flop?

    March 29, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. James Miller

    Mr. Corporation, Mr. Insurance, Mr. Big Money, Mr. Anti-Union, Mr. Anti Middle Class, --– Romney goes by many names. He has a perfect health care system in Massachusetts, -– for the company`s !!!!

    March 29, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Brink

    Hey Mitt, here's title for your next book: "No Apology – I'll say and do anything to become President". And Mitt, have any of your five sons signed up for military service yet or is that task of patriotic preservation of our freedoms just for the disadvantaged class of Americans?

    March 29, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. realtips

    Wonder how he will campaign against the fact that he passed a huge healthcare bill in Mass.?

    March 29, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Lol

    Romney's got the greedy cheeks.

    March 29, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. NC

    Mitt Romney for President in 2012....he has the know how to get jobs and the economy back to the American people.

    March 29, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. Robert T., New Orleans

    Glad to see Mitt visit where his huge failure began years ago.

    March 29, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. MikeH

    What a maroon. He's a legend in his own mind.

    March 29, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Former Nude Models like Brown make great role models for our nation's youth

    When 2012 rolls around, this will mark Romney's 6th year for his continuous, permanent presidential campaign. Too bad he doesn't have time to promote consensus, compromise and bi-partisan solutions to our economic problems.

    March 29, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. The Calabash Kid

    Now here's a case where fundamentalist intolerance actually works for the benefit of the nation. Fundamentalist Christians see Mormons as Satanic. Christians have always seen other religions as inspired by the devil. So, they will not vote for Romney, who is the most dangerous Republican candidate. He is a very smart guy. He's a little lead-footed, as are most CEOs, who cannot distinguish between sales and campaigning.

    But he is smart enough to do a lot of damage to the middle class with an economic policy that is very supportive of global corporations.

    March 29, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. Robert

    Romney in good position to become Most Likely to Look Like Corporate Corruption.

    March 29, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Larry

    I hope there's a Romney/Palin ticket in 2012.

    I'd love to see President Obama win 90% of the popular vote!

    March 29, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. notfooledbydistractions

    Ah, Mr. Magic Undies will try to duck and dodge his Mass. health care plan – which is the model for the federal plan.

    Put a fork in him, he's done.

    Sheesh, nothing but retreads from the republicans.

    March 29, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Adalbert

    He is the same old loser that he was before.

    March 29, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Tan Huynh

    This guy is one big HYPOCRITE

    March 29, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. Tina

    If he really loves his country, he should convince his children to go to US army.

    March 29, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  21. Alex

    If he is the Republican candidate in 2012, expect another Obama victory. Seriously, what's he going to retort when it's broadcasted time and time again that the health plan he keeps bashing is a redux of his own plan? I can just hear the return of the obnoxious chant "flip flop"

    March 29, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. Fed Up

    In other words Mitt Romney needs some ego boosting from Iowa, otherwise he has no need for the Hawkeyes and will pay them no regard after he gets their votes.

    March 29, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. thinkingharder

    Which Romney is going,the one that swears as his personal testimony, every single Sunday, that his church, the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormans), is the only true church on the face of the earth and believes that there is no salvation outside the Church of Latter Day Saints?
    I don't care what he believes but I have a problem with a President who states his way is the only possible way on the face of the earth.
    Is this the one who befriended and then stabbed the LGBT community in the back? Is the one that denied health care reform three times before the cock crowed?

    March 29, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Turn Texas Blue

    I would let my dog deficate on his book if I owned a copy.

    March 29, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. Jay

    Wow did I ever read this entry wrong. I thought it said that Romney's, Palin's and Huckabee's respective IQs were 22, 18 and 17. My mistake, akthough I'm sure you can see where I'd make that assumption, given Romney'sa nd Palin's histories of senseless grandstanding, lying to score political points and blatant stupidity. Huckabee has some credibility, though only where he lines up with intelligent, thoughful and 'Big Tent' Democratic points. Come to think of it Mike, you'd have a better chance of having a real political future with Democrats than Republicans. Why don't you come to the light and switch parties? if you stay with the Republicans they'll just drag you down with them into the 'do-nothing' pit.

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