Cheney to fund-raise for Romney
May 21st, 2012
12:16 PM ET
11 years ago

Cheney to fund-raise for Romney

(CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, will host a fund-raising event for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a campaign aide confirmed Monday.

The event is scheduled for July 12 at Cheney's home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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Romney's campaign has largely kept its distance from the George W. Bush administration, though last year the candidate mentioned Cheney had ideal qualities for a running mate pick.

"Whether you agree or disagree with him, this a man of wisdom and judgment, and he could have been president of the United States," Romney said at an Arizona town hall in September. "That's the kind of person I'd like to have - a person of wisdom and judgment."

Cheney has mostly stayed out of politics this cycle and underwent a heart transplant in March.

Last month, however, the former vice president offered some advice for Romney in his running mate search and emphasized the importance of the decision.

"I think the single most important criteria has to be the capacity to be president," Cheney said in remarks to students at the Washington Center. "That's why you pick them. I think lots of times in the past that has not been the foremost criteria."

News of the fundraising event also came a week after Bush made an impromptu endorsement of Romney while answering a reporter's question as he stepped onto an elevator.

"I'm for Mitt Romney," Bush said.

While Romney's campaign said they "welcomed" the endorsement, the presumptive GOP nominee rarely uses the 43rd president's name on stage, typically using the term "predecessor" instead.

Cheney's impending efforts were first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

- CNN's Rachel Streitfeld, Kevin Liptak and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Dick Cheney • Fundraising • Mitt Romney • Wyoming
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Poor Mitt must be having a tough time coming up with lies big enough to win on his own. He's brought in the professionals! The "WMD Boys" to the rescue! They must be preparing an even bigger hoax than they gave us with Bush...

    May 21, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Jack in Florida

    Luck Romney!!! Certainly not something to brag about.

    May 21, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. ted

    Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld all need to be served with subpoenas to report to The Hague to face war crimes trials. The most dangerous men on the face of the earth. Thanks for the huge deficit causing insane wars, guys. Morons.

    May 21, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    This should be good. I cannot believe that Republicans would use one unapologetic Dick "deficits don't matter" Cheney in this political environment that Republicans are trying to paint.

    May 21, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Nothing says "electable" during this particular time in Amurikan history like "deficits don't matter."

    May 21, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    If anyone was uncertain as to whether or not a Romney administration would follow the same economic ideology as the George W. Bush administration, this endorsement should cast all doubts aside. Romney would bring more "no job growth" tax cuts on the wealthy, not pay for them, and then blame the bigger deficit on Democrats.

    May 21, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Bootstomper

    Boy just the guy I would want campaigning for me.

    May 21, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Sorensen

    Two old, irrelevant psychos in the same picture!

    May 21, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. v_mag

    This is more evidence that Rob-money = Bush.

    Want more Cheney/Bush war crimes? Want to have America responsible for torture and denial of human rights? Vote for Darth Cheney-endorsed Flip Rob-money.

    May 21, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. cali girl

    Ted – agreed
    I would also throw Rove in with bunch.

    May 21, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. Ferret out the BS

    I'm not sure where the reference to wisdom and good judgement come into play since he was, along with Rummy pushing for wars with nothing in place to pay for them. And then, of course, there are those "no bid" contracts to Haliburton for millions or was it billions? Oh yeah the pallets of money sent to Iraq that have just dissappeared. Yeah Cheney is about as good for the country as a recession, I almost forgot they gave us that too. What a guy!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. BunnyBunny

    Satan and the Devil in the same room. Gathering souls and money.

    May 21, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. Peggy - TX

    Former Vice resident Dick Cheney, well know for “ deficits don’t matter” and also by his actions taught us “it’s Ok to committee treason against the United States if your part of the executive Branch” and also “its not a crime to OUT A US SPY if she is a female, because we all know they are not real spies.” Dick Chaney belongs in jail.

    May 21, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. Governor 47th in Job Growth

    Deficits don't matter. Rack up that Pentagon spending (all off the books, of course!!)

    May 21, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. rs

    Here it is my fellow Americans, further proof that Mr. Romney is marching in Mr. Bush's footsteps to the past. The architect of "Deficits don't matter" and our phoney (but very deadly) war in Iraq is now stumping for Mr. Romney.

    We'll know America has suceeded at looking when every American has the same golden healthcare Mr. Cheney has, and the relics of the Bush Administration (like Cheney and Rumsfeld) are no longer relevant.

    May 21, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. Thomas

    Remember that guy who declared “deficits don't matter”? That was the old Dick Cheney. The new Dick Cheney !

    Blame Obama !

    May 21, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. Recovering Republican

    Well it looks like Romney has Satan's full support. Satan even sent his favorite HellSpawn to drop off some CASH. No stirngs attached, of course.

    May 21, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Robots can't feel love but, apparently, they sure can hate.

    May 21, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Mario

    Cheney 1 of the men responsible for thousand of our men and women in the military losing their lives in Iraq.

    May 21, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    How appropriate: Diablo III comes out and Cheneybot decides to rise from the 9th ring and re-enter the campaign arena.

    May 21, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. Jason

    From the meeting we can definitely deduce Romoneys first executive order: DNA test every American for organ donation to Cheney

    May 21, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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