Romney downplays money expectations and praises Bachmann
June 27th, 2011
07:29 PM ET
10 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
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  1. Doug

    The #1 goal of every decent, honest American who values the lives of each and every American is to defeat Obama....well let's be honest President Soros.

    The party that started the klan is commiting genocide in our inner cites where they have had complete control for the last 50 years. These Republicans need to fight with the courage of Lincoln, Republicans had to stop slavery, we had to stop segrigation, and now we have to correct this latest evil.

    Community organizing is not celebrating a young honor student being beat to death on the streets of Chicago. Obama is an elitist, his loyalty is to the ultra rich libs like Soros who want to take away our freedom and make us government dependent.

    I hate the religious right with their anti-gay bs and desire to make us all Christians as the define Cristianity. However, you just cannot compare their evil to that of the Democrats.

    Just go with the facts, accept who these Democrats really are. You know that if Pelosi's daughter went on dancing with the starts that she would not get 10,000 death threats from Republicans. Unlike Obama, who admitted his true feelings on Univision last fall, the Republicans do not consider their fellow Americans who didn't vote for them the enemy. A majority of Democrat voters in America today would rather extermiate their Republican neighbors than Al Queda terrorists. I'm just the messenger, read their comments here at cnn and all over the web. Check out how they interact with their fellow Americans in the bluest parts of this nation, especially on the roads. Facts and the truth, accept them and deal with them.

    June 27, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  2. The Elephant in The Room

    Romney is a slick one. He knows Bachmann won`t clear the electability hurdle so he seeks to bolster her at the expense of Pawlenty & Huntsman.

    If he can starve them of money and lean on his LBO / Vulture Fund / Hedge fund buddies, he figures he`l sail to the nomination.

    He`l never sway the Tea Partiers but if he picks their little darling Michele I`ll bet he thinks they will vote for that ticket.

    The problem is Independents Mitt. Nobody believes you stand for anything but getting your face in the history books.

    Corporate Raider & Outsourcer skills are not what America needs.

    June 27, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    Mitt Romney has everything it takes to be the President to pull America out of this awful economic spiral. He understands how to manage a government, he understands the economy and what government's role in a recovery is, and then he has strong consistent values which will serve him well as a Republican front-runner and as President. For instance, if Mitt Romney was to set a debt ceiling as President, you would not see him less than 2 years later blowing right by it, blaming the other party for the difficulty that has caused and then trying to raise taxes so American Taxpayers could bail him out. This is why, if he gets the Republican nomination Romney will beat Obama decisively. American voters made clear in November what they want and Obama was not listening.

    June 27, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  4. roscoe

    Maybe Romney will actually vote for Michele instead of himself. That's taking the high road. Or, maybe Michele and Sarah will agree to become sister wives as first (second and third) ladies.

    June 27, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  5. fayse

    Romney, Bachmann and the GOP have been campaigning non stop since the election in 2008. They have smeared, lied, taunted, obstructed this President 24 hours a day 7 days a week. He only grows stronger. They bait and then attack. The Tea Party, Bachmann nor Palin represent true Christianity. They are using it to their own advangtage. Americans are smarter than that, I believe in God and I pray daily but, this group only preach hate. This is not a Godly quality. That is the reason that they will lose.

    June 27, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Don't worry Mittens. The Kochs have anointed you as their holy one. I am sure they will match whatever amount we middle class voters will give to Obama.

    June 27, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. once upon a horse

    it seems obvious that when you have no real plans of your own on the economy and jobs that you can hammer the POTUS knowing full well that he is in no position to defend himself against you. The GOP candidates don't seem to accept the fact that before going after Obama they have to go after each other to prove that they have the right idea to be on the same stage in 2012. Clinton and Obama tore into each other in 2008...the GOP is playing kissy kissy. Boring

    June 27, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  8. they call me "tater salad"

    Usually when I see something flip flop as much as this ultra-wealthy elitist, does I try to save it's life by kicking it back into the water! Someone needs to send Mitt and his magic underpants for a swim!

    June 27, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. Jed

    I'm very happy that Mitt has chosen to wage such a positive campaign.

    While both Romney and Bachmann will fight hard for values Conservatives (and Americans in general) care about, I see Romney as the stronger candidate for the economy and general election. I would happily support Bachmann for VP, and President once the economy is a lesser concern in 2016 or 2020. (She would do better than Obama even now, but no one is more qualified or focused than Romney.)

    I am especially happy that Bachmann is pointing out that the Tea Party is a broad based movement consisting of disaffected Democrats, Republicans, and especially Independents. This is something the media gets wrong under the misdirection of the White House who would rather we believe Tea Party means "radical right wing of the Republican Party" or some nonsense like that.

    Saw a picture on Facebook today of Mitt campaigning for Michelle Bachmann ahead of the 2010 Congressional election. They could be a formidable team in restoring America. 🙂

    June 27, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  10. Name king

    How does these repugs different from each other. They are all about the trickle down policies that have ravished our economy and changing our country into a third world country where the rich gets super rich and the middle class and poor head south.

    June 27, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. B

    Money is never a problem for the GOP, the problem is having a platform that solves problems instead of creating more.
    They have not shown the capacity yet to help the President with anything at all.
    All they are attempting to do is work to guarantee his failure as President.

    Contemptible and cynical behavior.

    June 27, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  12. Squigman

    I hope neither have a chance to run/ruin the country. If they do, you get what you deserve. Any time the majority of voters fail to show up to vote, they get a chance to take charge. Many do not deserve this kind of government, but if the masses fail to participate in the democratic process of voting, then to hell with it. You get what you deserve.

    June 27, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  13. duke13

    Keep the election of the President of the U.S. on U.S. soil. We need a law prohibiting fund raising by candidates on non U.S. soil.

    I know both McCain and Obama had fundraisers in London in 2008, but if ex-pats want to contribute to a campaign their donations should be sent to the U.S. We don't need a candidate for the highest office in the U.S. to be campaigning globally.

    June 27, 2011 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    Oh, oh, is she his nominee for vp? Another non vetted flakey/idiot woman of the rethug party.
    Yes, she sure is getting her message across, says romneycare, the message that because she is christian and has visions and talks to god she should be president.
    The one in 2008 doesn't know geography or history this one is just as dumb. Now that she declare her run for the presidency, for the third or fourth time, she is going to slip and go back to the wild and crazy flake people from MN know so well. When you are like her you can't hide it.
    She's already been called twice in two days and this is just the beginning. angle sister anyone?

    June 27, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    romneycare with $100 bills in his wallet and couldn't give a boy $1 . . . . look it up, should look at the true stories about this flake in the Daily Beast. Just google hiding in the bushes (at a gay rally). Maybe she was looking for he half sibling.
    I thought the one from AK was a nut job, and she is because she is all about herself and money, but this one from MN or Iowa (or outer space) goes beyond anything the AK one has ever done.

    June 27, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  16. Larry L

    If I was Romney I'd love to see the primary boil down to a race with Bachman. She's dumber than a bag of hammers and hateful to boot. Her miserable and distorted grasp of science and technology leaves her totally vulnerable in a debate with a 5th grader. She's who I'd pick as the competition!

    June 27, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  17. Jason

    Oh, so now Romney thinks that sporting a James Dean doo is projecting a cool presidental image?

    June 27, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  18. Indy

    Romney has the same spine as Pawlenty and that is not a good thing. Being a wimp is not going to get Romney to the Whitehouse.

    June 27, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He doesn't want to seem as being a poor sport since she is right next to him in the polls. He may also out raise her in terms of money.

    June 27, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  20. Peter E

    Republicans really need to look at all the mistakes democrats did in 2004 because they are committing all of them. They are are attacking the president, flip-flop on issues just to oppose the president, but have no actual ideas or plans of their own.

    Democrats tried that strategy, guess where it got them! Nowhere!

    The republican field thus far is pathetic. Can't republicans come up with an actually intelligent candidate who has ideas of their own, instead of falling back to the tried-and-failed strategy of just saying no to whatever the president does?

    June 27, 2011 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  21. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Mitt Rommney has a record as a governor that is pretty much the same as the president's policies he is now criticizing. Darn flip-flopper...
    Hm, anyone else is getting a deja vu feeling here?
    He keeps flip-flopping on issues based on polls and whoever his current audience is. He is an elite Massachusettes millionaire... Where have I seen that before...
    Oh right, John Kerry, the one we remember so handily beat Dubya... LOL!

    June 27, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  22. Ken, AZ

    How much money does a republican candidate need to get the message "Cut Taxes" and "Less Government" out? All 20 of the GOP candidates are saying the same thing.

    June 28, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  23. BeverlyNC

    Obama bashing is all Republicans are capable of – they have no solutions, no ideas, no clue on the economy yet all they do is throw insults and slander President Obama as a person. It is NOT acceptable and not one Republican deserves any respect, any support, or a single vote.
    They are out to destroy America and we must stand up and rid our government – both state and nationally of ALL of them we can. We need a Democratic Majority to move America forward and to have serious leaders running Congress again.
    Stand up for President Obama who has stood up for YOU constantly. Stand up for Democrats who have been working for you and triying to protect you from Republican extremism and loss of your rights and benefits.
    Republicans have betrayed America.

    June 28, 2011 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  24. Frank

    Another millionaire to woo the masses. Too bad he hasn't revealed how little taxes he paid on his fortune, or how many of his sons he'd be willing to sacrifice in wars to preserve it. Apparently none, since the lower and middle classes get stuck with sacrificing their kids while the overwhelming majority of the rich sit in their mansions, do not pay their share of the taxes, but scream socialism if anyone tries to make them pay it.

    June 28, 2011 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  25. me

    Going to London to get funds for his campaign in the United States. Hopefully his getting the donations in pounds because they will be worth more here. But in all seriousness he better be meeting Americans over there because so much for this keeping foreign money out of our elections.

    June 28, 2011 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
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