Romney campaign picks up major financial backer
October 4th, 2011
06:24 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney campaign picks up major financial backer

Washington (CNN) – Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone, one of the major donors who was pushing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to run for president, has now signed on as a financial supporter for Mitt Romney, a Romney campaign aide and a spokesman for Langone told CNN.

Langone made his decision after Christie announced earlier Tuesday he would not seek the Republican presidential nomination.

Romney called Langone on Tuesday to seek his support, a campaign aide confirmed.

Earlier this year Langone organized a meeting of top donors and other GOP activists to raise money for New Jersey Republicans, which was attended by Christie and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, among other prominent members of the party.

At that gathering Kissinger urged Christie to seek the nomination, CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger reported earlier this week.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. larry

    Thank you, now I can stop shopping at home depot

    October 4, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. Mindie from India

    So Home Depot is right wing and racist – good to know – I won't be buying anything there again.

    October 4, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. Indy

    Home Depot was made successful by middle class working folks that know how to use tools and do some renovations and the founder just signed up with the party that has been kicking the snot out of the middle class, and if elected will strangle the middle class to death. Who says you always remember where you came from.

    October 4, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Penobscot

    Say hello to nominee Mitt Romney. Obama're welcome to jump ship to a moderate republican...thank heaven above.

    October 4, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    I've never liked Home Depot. Now I know why.

    Another financial supporter?
    No surprise here.

    October 4, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  6. taylor

    Didnt know that about the Home Depot, that means i dont ever buy another
    thing from that store, EVER!

    October 4, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    All of the "financial backers" will go to the RIGHT because of the "regulations" from the LEFT that has NOTHING to do with hiring but MORE to do with BIG BONUSES!!! This is NOT news and only shows how BIG CORPS/BigSmall Corps filing as an S-Corporation are in the back pockets of the RepubliCAN'Ts – it's a disgrace!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!

    October 4, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  8. Doc M

    Glad I support "mom & pop" stores over the Home Depots...Makes me even more determined now!

    October 4, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    Excellent choice for a candidate to support Mr. Langone! Mitt Romney can win and he can get the federal government back on a course that will be beneficial for the people rather than just the politicians and their special interest groups. There is so much work to be done but so many opportunities going forward. Mitt Romney knows how to get us back on track, help businesses put Americans back to work and start digging our way out of this awful hole of debt.

    October 4, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  10. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Is anyone surprised that another repub;ican has picked up another wealthy corporate backer?? These guys have sold their soul to the wealthy, and have no regard for workers whatsoever.

    October 4, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  11. Ron

    So? He still can't win the republican nomination without switching his religion. Oops, too late for that flip/flop! Train's too far down the tracks...

    October 4, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. otermbachmann

    Hello Lowes.

    October 4, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. I Like Lowes

    No more shopping at home depot for me.

    October 4, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  14. boehnersux

    That settles it for me, I'll never shop Home Depot again. That's a promise!

    October 4, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  15. Let Them Eat Cake

    If I was a billionare, I'd be pumping a few nickels into the republicans. Make the working man pay taxes. The wealthy need more pleasure and relaxation.

    October 4, 2011 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  16. Debra From Georgia

    This no way possible, he is a liar

    October 4, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    OK – keep naming the corporations that donate to the republicans. I can boycott every one of them. ha ha ha ha ha

    October 4, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  18. Joe citizen abroad

    Great. And now he can donate as much as he wants to Romney's campaign, through Home Depot. Thanks to a bad law, and a bad supreme court decision. The presidency is officially for sale.

    October 4, 2011 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. namethename

    This Home Depot CEO just found a backdoor way to get illegals from Home Depot parking lot. Romney will be elected and will deport illegals. Home Depot is free again from illegals .Done.

    October 4, 2011 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  20. BB

    The losser in chief is heading no where, ahh the liberal media is on his side!!. He is the new face of msnbc.

    October 4, 2011 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  21. dnick47

    So what?!?! This is not news. It wold have been news if Romney could not pick up any BIG MONEY... we the people know that MONEY = Republicans = MONEY =Republicans. That'd why the real people cannot ever count on the Republicans to for aything ever especially if the little man's interest runs countra to the BIG MONEY interest: tghus, under the Republicans banks would be encouraged to tack on fee after fee after fee for anything and everything.

    October 4, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess that everyone needs some money. The problem is that it is for running a political campaign. I don't like it that so much money needs to be raised for political campaigns. It seems that it is perverting the spirit of the democratice process.

    October 4, 2011 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  23. Lindsey

    Romney never has a problem with money. It's getting votes where the trouble starts!

    October 4, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  24. JJ

    And I was just today considering whether to buy Lowes stock or Home Depot stock. Looks like Lowes wins out again.

    October 4, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  25. thomas

    Money !

    Mitt , five sons , no military service !

    October 4, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
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