In Romney Territory, a McCain Pitch
By Alec MacGillis
It remains to be seen whether John McCain will put his former rival Mitt Romney's financial know-how to use by picking him as his running mate at a time when the demands of economic turmoil could trump personal rapport, or lack of it, as a ticket-making rationale. But today McCain did the most to milk another of Romney's primary attributes -- his entree into the deep pockets in Rocky Mountain country.
Romney joined McCain at a fundraiser in Salt Lake City, and is to accompany him to another fundraiser in Denver this evening. It is familiar territory for Romney, whose family has deep Mormon roots in Utah, who lived there for several years while organizing the 2002 Winter Olympics, and who made repeated fundraising visits there during his own presidential campaign. Romney raised $6.3 million in Utah, more than from his home state of Massachusetts, and second only to his haul from California.
McCain, by contrast, has raised only about $200,000 from the state, despite having enjoyed the endorsement of its governor, Jon Huntsman Jr. (who backed the Arizona senator even as his father, billionaire industrialist Jon Huntsman Sr., plowed tens of thousands of dollars into Romney's political action committees.) This means there is a vast population of Republican donors in the state who are nowhere near to tapping out their allowed $4,600 maximum donation to McCain, if Romney can successfully make the introduction.
The pair's lope through the Mountain West is notable given the palpable disdain that existed between them during the primary. For months, Romney attacked McCain in ads and mailings over McCain's support for immigration reform -- the issue that nearly sank McCain's campaign. McCain retorted with cutting asides during debates and his own TV ad in New Hampshire quoting local newspapers who declared Romney a "phony."
But the exigencies of the moment seem to be prevailing, for now. Romney, at loose ends now that his $50 million personal investment in his own campaign failed to pay off, is hinting that he wouldn't mind joining a McCain ticket. And McCain is lagging so badly in the fundraising department -- raising $11 million last month to Barack Obama's $55 million -- that getting the Romney imprimatur in the mile-high elite is more important than nursing the grudges of recent history.
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