Romney convenes GOP lovefest in Colorado
August 2nd, 2012
07:43 PM ET
8 years ago

Romney convenes GOP lovefest in Colorado

Basalt, Colorado (CNN) - Imagine the longest wedding toast you ever witnessed, toss in a few American flags and some references to small business tax cuts and domestic gas exploration, and you might begin to get a sense of the event Mitt Romney headlined Thursday afternoon in Colorado.

Hungry for a respite from weeks of bad headlines, Romney made two stops Thursday with a re-tooled message geared toward the middle class.

- Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

But it was his second event, held inside a high school gym in the picturesque mountain town of Basalt, that attracted the most attention – and for good reason.

That’s because Romney was joined onstage by 10 GOP governors - including some who opposed him in the Republican primary - who were among the party leaders attending a Republican Governors Association retreat just up the highway in ritzy Aspen.

One of the governors, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, had opposed Romney during the Republican primary fight. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal backed Perry’s bid instead of Romney’s. Then there was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who seriously contemplated his own presidential bid before taking a pass.

In a format resembling a Comedy Central Roast – but one with blue blazers and verbal bouquets instead of vulgar put-downs - the seated governors rose one-by-one to praise Romney and his plans for the economy.

“You can do it and I am behind you,” gushed Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. “America is behind you.”

“We need you, we’re looking forward to your services as president,” said Mary Fallin of Oklahoma.

Christie called Romney a man of “fabulous ingenuity” and “great integrity.”

Perry offered an impassioned takedown of President Obama’s vision for the country and portrayed Romney as America’s savior.

Romney “recognizes that American values are represented in small towns,” said Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead.

“I really appreciate your focus on middle class families,” Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell told Romney.

And so on.

After his opening remarks, Romney, in jeans and a button-down, relaxed in his chair and basked in the adoration.

There was no news, and for the presumptive Republican nominee, that was probably a good thing.

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Donkey Party

    Wow, that's quite the butt-kissing fest GOP, but it does nothing for moderates and independents. Clowns.

    August 2, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans will say anything if it makes them seem relevant. Sadly, they will always be on the wrong side of history.

    August 2, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. stew

    So am I to presume this lovefest was a Log Cabin Republican event, big cheese eaters.

    August 2, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  4. n

    Romney supporters are like the reluctant groom forced to merry the rich guy boring and bland spinster daughter. Can you say "shot gun wedding"? A whole lot of arm twisting going on at that retreat.

    August 2, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens has a tax plan that truly creates death panels with increases on the middle class to pay for huge cuts for the wealthy.

    August 2, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  6. george of the jungle

    what a bunch of clowns. They really care about the middleclass. Forward 2012

    August 2, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  7. artraveler

    How many of these governors had serious policy differences with Mittens and now it is all kiss-and-make-up. It appears that none of them have any standards except that they bend over backward not to offend any business interest that might shove money their way.

    August 2, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  8. CBR

    Good lord. What will happen next? This lovefest will net Romney big bucks for his campaign. The governors are all waiting to see who will be the VP candidate. Judging by the remarks and the reputations of some of the governors, the American public must be wondering about the event and the participation of the governors.

    August 2, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  9. Larry L

    Romney shook the old Etch-A-Sketch and came out a new man! Now he's an advocate for the middle-class...

    The man has absolutely no character, no true values, and no idea how ridiculous he looks trying to be "genuine".

    August 2, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  10. American People

    The American People want to see Mitt's tax returns for the last 20 years. We also want to know how many jobs he off-shored. And how many of the profits are sitting in off-shore account evading taxes.

    August 2, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    Inside a high school gym? I bet you couldn't fill it half way. What a bunch of morons you pick to bring with you.
    Mr. Oops (straight from n*****head ranch), Mr. Mardi Gras (flip flopping on candidates), Mr. Fatso (who is too busy yelling at people to know anything about ingenuity and integrity), Ms. Failing Fallin from OK (he's not picking you for VP and he will never be president), Ms. Crazy Wrinkles (no America is not behind him except to kick him back to Kolob-your peripheral vision of people are your wrinkles), Mr. Who from WY (American values are in small towns not the rich country clubs) and last but not least Mr. Internal Va ginal Probe (focusing on middle class families? Is that what the 1% is called now?)

    August 2, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  12. edpeters101

    What did he really do at the High School? Teach a bullying class? Really Basalt, CO; Don't have to worry about getting any reporters questions in that thriving metropolis!

    August 2, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  13. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Ha, ha, ha..."great integrity" Mitt Romney?!?! Most of you couldn't stand him six months ago...

    August 2, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is eeinie minie moe between a bunch of question people or some that don't have enough to be the president like Romney.

    August 2, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  15. T'sah From Virginia

    ►“I really appreciate your focus on middle class families,” Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell told Romney.◄
    SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!! McDonnell, get you ash back to VA and stop lying your butt off – You know doggone well Romney is NOT thinking about us..................PERIOD!!

    Obama 2012 – The ONLY candidate that's thinking of the middle class AND The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    August 2, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  16. J.V.Hodgson

    After his abysmal foray into foreign policy and diplomacy ( latter non existent) he needed a " LOVE FEST" BUT HE'D BETTER REMEMBSER they are the ultra dedicated and don't need convincing as real voters do!!

    August 3, 2012 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  17. Craig

    If Romney becomes president there won't be a middle class....just the1% and the 99% standing in bread lines.

    August 3, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  18. Mike

    Christie called Romney a man of “fabulous ingenuity” and “great integrity.”

    Integrity. Really? We are talking about Romney right? The guy running for president? Same guy? The guy that has changed his stance on everything from health care to women's rights to gun control? Yeah. Integrity. Integrity is running on convictions. Unfortunately somewhere in the mid 2000's the republican base turned crazy. And really crazy, not just impeach Clinton crazy or trickle down crazy. I'm talking bomb bomb bom bom bom Iran crazy. You know the kind. Yeah. Integrity.

    August 3, 2012 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  19. Marry

    I did not think that I would ever say this – but I feel a (tiny) bit sorry for Romney. It must be for him like walking into a (hungry) lion’s den in Aspen! Despite what they want you to believe, they will rip him apart – the rich do not like to part with their money without getting a lot more back. And they must really be getting nervous and mad – Romney butchered his “trip” and this “tax thing” will not go away, the numbers in the states are bad for him, we have not even had the debates and the picture of the President with the “stick” in his hand speaking softly will scare the willies out of them. The meeting may be illegal and the GOP loves things like that – but this will not be fun for Romney! He will be lucky if he gets out there in one piece – smiling!

    August 3, 2012 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  20. 2012liberal

    Surrounded by 'yes' men i c. 'it was awesome, i was powerful and popular'

    August 3, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  21. Wake up people

    These people sicken me, a bunch of antiquated liars. They would embrace Lucifer as long as they are able to take their country back from the black man.

    No amount of tongue bathing will ever make Willard a viable candidate.

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 3, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |

    The worst Gop canadate ever ,destroyed his records as partime govenor of mass ,has all bush people working for him ,has idiots as staffers ,signed the pledged to the crook lobbyist rover nitwitquest,and destroyed the records from the Olympics,also tax evader and won't show tax returns !!!

    August 3, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |

    America isn't behind you ,and I bet 10,000 most voters have never been to aspenand all these Gop bafoon govenors should line up behind romney the twigs horse with shovels for the Gop jobs program !!

    August 3, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  24. Ben S.

    Is this story a joke? "gushed Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer", "and so on".

    This "reporters" obvious dislike for Romney and his fellow republicans makes this story sound more like something you would read in a high school newspaper.

    What happened to "journalism" in the US?

    August 3, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |