Romney downplays money expectations and praises Bachmann
June 27th, 2011
07:29 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney downplays money expectations and praises Bachmann

Washington (CNN) – After again hammering Barack Obama for his handling of the economy, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney did have one compliment Monday as the financial expectations game goes into high gear.

"The president will raise an astronomical amount of money, and what we have to do is raise enough money to get our message out," Romney told reporters after several stops in New Hampshire.

As the key second quarter for campaign fund-raising ends Thursday, many of the Republican hopefuls are urgently trying to bring in enough money to impress donors and the political world.

While he has been holding fund-raising events around the country – including bringing in $10 million in one day in Las Vegas – Romney and his team tried to downplay expectations. Romney has a strong fund-raising network intact from his first run in 2008 and has worked hard to win support among the donor community.

"We are going to have sufficient funds to take our message to the people and the primaries. I don't know if we will outpace others. These are leaner times," Romney told reporters.

A campaign official told CNN its second-quarter total haul is expected to be less than $20 million although some outside experts have predicted it will be higher. While he loaned his campaign just over $2 million in the second quarter of 2007, he is not expected to do that this time, the aide told CNN.

Romney, who has more fund-raising events this week, said he has gone to places where the real estate market has been hit hard and therefore people in related industries have not been able to open up their wallets or are giving less than they did last election.

"That is why we are running a leaner campaign than last time," he said.

Romney is already looking ahead to the next quarter and has scheduled a fundraiser in London early next month.

Regarding Rep. Michele Bachmann, who criticized him over the weekend regarding his stance on abortion, Romney chose the high road when he was asked about her entering the race.

"I think she is a very strong contender. She is an excellent candidate. She is getting her message across and receiving good support. I have nothing but respect for her."

When a reporter pressed whether he thought Bachmann may be too polarizing, Romney would only say, "Every candidate should have positions that some people agree with and others don't agree with. …

"I can only say congratulations to her for the traction that she is getting."

A Des Moines Register poll released this weekend showed Romney leading the field of Republican candidates with Bachmann right behind him.

Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Michele Bachmann • Mitt Romney
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. delmito

    It's easy for Romney to be cordial now; let's see how that holds up when the GOP primary race gets going and they start eating each other. They will lay off of Obama for a while, when they slice and dice each other!

    June 28, 2011 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  2. Rick Douglas

    Gov. Romney is a class act with a proven successful economic background. America would be lucky to have him as our next leader.

    June 28, 2011 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  3. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on America!

    Romney's just another of the GOBP's Great White Dopes. He has nothing to offer the US except the usual cult of corrupt capitalism favoring deregulation and tax cuts for the filthy rich. The man is a flip-flopper who say anything to get elected so he can then do the bidding of the billionaire masters who bought him.

    June 28, 2011 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  4. LegendRx

    Sideshow, it would seem, Mainstream America, are the dumbest and the most gullible of all America, thus being the most scariest. Reason, again, it would seem, that their decisions are based on lies, fear, hate and racism. They have and are destroying America with their antiquated ideology. Never worked and never will. Open up your eyes, you have put us in disappear as a nation. Stand up and say no to the republican agenda. Save you country from their dark and grubby hands.

    June 28, 2011 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
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