Mitt Romney to re-enter political spotlight?
July 10th, 2013
03:14 PM ET
8 years ago

Mitt Romney to re-enter political spotlight?

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's back.

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee will headline a New Hampshire Republican Party dinner and fundraiser next month. The event will take place on Tuesday August 6, in the Granite State's lakes region, near Romney's vacation home in Wolfeboro, along Lake Winnipesaukee.

This is the first time Romney's attended a political fundraiser since he lost last November's presidential election.

"The party reached out to Gov. Romney a few weeks ago when he indicated he was ready to get involved again in the political process, and asked him if he would be willing to raise money for the New Hampshire Republican Party," Ryan Williams, an adviser to the New Hampshire GOP, told CNN. "The dinner will give Romney's many local supporters in New Hampshire a chance to see him again."

Romney is very familiar in New Hampshire, the state that traditionally holds the nation's first presidential primary. He was governor last decade in neighboring Massachusetts, and most of the southern part of the state is in the Boston media market. He also spends time at his vacation home in the state.

Romney was a big supporter and fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party and for GOP politicians and candidates in the state in the years leading up to his 2008 and 2012 runs for the White House. New Hampshire is also a battleground state in the general election, and Romney kicked off his 2012 presidential campaign in the Granite State. He returned numerous times to meet with voters.

Following November's election loss, Romney spent much of his time out of the public eye, but he recently re-entered the spotlight. Last month he held a multi-day conference in Park City, Utah that featured several prospective 2016 presidential candidates, as well as other national leaders with some of the GOP's major donors also in attendance.

In an interview at the conference with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger, Romney said "we're thinking about ways that we can still make a contribution to a country we love very deeply."

Romney has also hinted at playing a role in assisting fellow Republicans in the 2014 midterm elections.

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soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. emskadittle

    so, all of the potential candidates are hanging out with major doners that don't want anything in return

    July 10, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. 47%

    Hey, Mittens has to reach that 53% he likes somehow.....too bad that 53% is really just 1-2%.

    July 10, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  3. Mike/California

    To be truthful, our biggest problem right now resides on both sides of the aisle. Whichever party gets the majority seems to forget about spending and taxing restraints. It's either lowering taxes to the point where we can't pay for what we get (Republicans), or pushing for new government program that can only be paid for by borrowed debt (Democrats). And don't forget, paying out public assistance dollars financed by public debt. We had all better wake up soon or we will soon see a real depression like in the 20s and 30s. The devaluation of the dollar caused by our massive debt and the impending rampant inflation are the elephants in the room that nobody wants to talk about. Then, buying a gallon of milk will cost a month's wages.

    July 10, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. rs

    Fair is Fair
    It's sad to see my party go down the tubes, but we deserve it for all the harm we have done. Sigh...
    I was a Republican, but the party I belonged to is long, long gone. I may never go back down that road, but I WANT A CHOICE. Right now, with the radical positions the GOP has staked out, and the idiots they are running, my only choice is to vote against them- and for that I am angry. The GOP, and its leadership is simply just not doing its job by allowing the religious nuts, and the culture warriors to take over. My GOP was the GOP of fiscal conservatives who were neutral on the social issues of the day, and savvy and sane on foreign policy. My GOP made and supported the EPA, and worked to make the world a better place. This crowd act like it wants the end times- tomorrow.

    July 10, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    @Gary, priceless comment. Unfortunately, I doubt the twit could build a mansion in Egypt with elevators for his cars.

    July 10, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. freedom

    Geez Jules, you must be high. Wake up – the country is being invaded – and you're in it!

    July 10, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  7. Thomas

    This isn't about Mitt , it's more about his son Tag and his political aspirations , 2020

    July 10, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  8. vikingwoman

    Oh me, oh my! 1st Sarah Palin, now Mitt Romney! So much for the "rebranding" of the GOTP! And Sarah's talking about "new blood, new energy"? Oh, the irony....

    July 11, 2013 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  9. ThinkAgain

    @The REAL Truth: "They [GOP] have become irrelevant and Mittens epitomizes that !"

    Which is why so many people have left the GOP.

    July 11, 2013 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  10. John the Historian

    The country did not want a mormon for president. How can you take someone who believes that Jesus Christ was a polygamist seriously. The archangel moroni thing is bad too with those 200 pound gold tablets. And then the thing about American Indians being descended from Jews who crossed the Atlantic in square woooden boats. Then the Jesus Christ preaching to the American-Indians is beyond belief. The Joseph Smith hero worship and being the prophet who will stand at the right side on judgment day. Smith and his 87 wives is bad enough. But a murderer, con man and rapist is really beyond belief. Then the whole Brigahm Young and his 87 wives and the massacre in Utah in 1857 makes the mormon faith a joke. Thank God the God of Joseph Smith will never have a disciple becoming president.

    July 11, 2013 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  11. Name Uche Agonsi

    Romney's beloved country is where he pays no tax, tucks his money in tax haven offshore funds, looks down on 47 percent of the people. That guy should be among the people that should be given one way ticket to Mars. Even with the 'oliver branch' shown him by the POTUS, Romney remains the awkward behaving Republican that he is...... If there are Presidents America deserves, it is way way out of Romney's league.

    July 11, 2013 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
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