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Romney to raise cash for DeMint



Then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney, flanked by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), right, and his son, Matt, left, addresses a crowd of supporters in Charleston, S.C., January 2008. (Photo-Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) will appear as the special guest at a fundraiser next week to benefit South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint's 2010 re-election, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by the Fix.

The event, which will be held on Monday in Charleston at the home of Sheila and Bill Prezzano, features a number of power players in Palmetto State politics including money men Dick Coen, Bill Hewitt and O.L. Thompson as well as former Gov. Jim Edwards, former Rep. Tommy Hartnett and Republican National Committeewoman Cindy Costa.

Hosts for the event are expected to donate $4,800 per couple while sponsors must give $2,400.

Romney's presence at the fundraiser is yet another sign of the former governor's interest in a second presidential bid in 2012.

In the 2008 election, Romney lavished time and money on South Carolina for much of 2007 and even won the endorsement of DeMint. But, ultimately, Romney barely competed in the state in 2008 -- edged out by social conservatives like former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson. Romney finished fourth in South Carolina in 2008 with 15.1 percent of the vote.

With South Carolina's unblemished record of picking the GOP nominee -- every Republican candidate to win the Palmetto State primary has gone on to win the party nod since the state moved its primary forward in 1980 -- Romney clearly understands that he cannot repeated his 2008 fade if he wants to be the standard-bearer against President Barack Obama in November 2012.

While helping to raise cash for DeMint is primarily driven by the primacy of South Carolina in the nomination contest, the South Carolina Senator's emergence as a national conservative leader won't hurt how Romney is perceived among that crucial voting bloc either.

Due to his past positions on issues like gay marriage and abortion, Romney struggled to convince social conservatives that he was one of them during the 2008 primary fight. The more validators at the DeMint-level that Romney can win over between now and 2011 (or so), the better chance he has of avoiding that same skepticism again.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 20, 2009; 2:43 PM ET
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I'm a social conservative and I would be glad for Romney to run in 2012.

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So would we liberals. The most he could possibly hope for would be about 25 million votes and he won't get a lot of those because he's not a fundamentalist Christian.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 22, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm a social conservative and I would be glad for Romney to run in 2012. I think that he is the GOP's best hope for beating President Obama.

Posted by: wolverines03 | October 22, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

That's not Mitt Romney's son on the left, that's one of the Geico cavemen.

Posted by: Phlegmthrower | October 21, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

This is non-news. DeMint endorsed Romney in for President in 2007. DeMint helped raise money for Romney then. Romney is now helping DeMint because he's up for reelection in 2010. Romney knows DeMint is very popular nationally in the conservative ranks. Romney also knows DeMint has started a PAC that is endorsing and helping DeMint's preferred candidates in 2010.

I'm going to make a suggesstion here not noted by the Fix. DeMint's PAC has endorsed Marco Rubio for US Senate in Florida over Gov. Charlie Crist. Could Romney be hoping to raise enough money for DeMint's PAC to endorse candidates against those who may be looking at a run for President in 2012? Certainly, Crist is considering the race. It would be a feature in Romney's cap to knock off Crist against Rubio, essentially knocking him out of the 2012 Presidential race. DeMint will likely hit other candidates hard in 2011 & 2012 for Romney as well. Smart move for Romney.

Posted by: reason5 | October 21, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe that Romney is going to campaign for any South Carolina Republican. Once again it goes to show that the Republican party has NO clue as to what's happening in the real world. South Carolina is a right to work state. South Carolina has a corridor of shame in education. South Carolina is last or next to last in job creation. South Carolina representatives did not apply for monies to extend payments to all those unemployed in South Carolina, because they thought or better yet, they assumed that they would have to pay the monies back. That's the type of Republican leadership that's in South Carolina...they would rather their people starve than apply for the unemployment monies to assist them. Maybe that money would have kept a family together, kept a family in their home, allowed a single person enough time to find a job or stay in their home another month. Yes, Romney, come on down, help another dumb Republican win in South Carolina.

Posted by: alesterp | October 21, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

The caption for the picture accompanying this story is wrong. That's not Romney's son Matt. It's his youngest son whose name is Craig.

Posted by: Ci2Eye | October 20, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

OK so why is Romney's face so big?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 20, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

The all cf8 hour arrives. The stupidest
poster of all time hosts the blog for the evening hours, amusing herself with commie ramblings and generally despicable ravings. A friend is rare.

Posted by: snowbama | October 20, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Menage a Mark....Will Mark Sanford be expected to donate $7,200 if he attends with both his wife AND his Soulmate?

Posted by: Bob80209 | October 20, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that DNC organizers are folding their hands and bowing their heads in prayer, petitioning whatever great spirit they pay homage to for, please, let it come true, a ticket with Romney and Palin on it.

That would just rock.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 20, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Also, every four years there are an extra 500,000 to 600,000 additional Mormons in this country (and at least that many more in other countries), something the media has not picked up on yet. Mormons are the fourth largest Church in America. Sooner or later we will have a Mormon president. Why not vote for one when we need him?

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Agent: Yessir how may I help you!!

Customer: I'd like to inquire about one-way group rates to Australia

Agent: Certainly sir! And how many in your party?

Customer: Two hundred and twenty million

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 20, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Does Romney's son play a vampire in some movie?

Posted by: DDAWD | October 20, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait for Romney to run in 2012!

We need someone smarter and more experienced than Obama on the economy and foreign policy.

As for social issues, Romney's on the right page.

Hopefully Evangelicals have warmed up a bit to their Mormon brothers and sisters. Romney won't need all of them, as he will get a lot of Independent votes, but I am pretty sure his odds have improved.

Also, every four years there are an extra 500,000 to 600,000 additional Mormons in this country (and at least that many more in other countries), something the media has not picked up on yet. Mormons are the fourth largest Church in America. Sooner or later we will have a Mormon president. Why not vote for one when we need him?

Posted by: JedMerrill1 | October 20, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

GOP primary races remind me of Limbo contests.

"How low can you go . . ."

Posted by: nodebris | October 20, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

in an attempt to be Louder and Dumber, he posts everything twice.

TRY ALL CAPS NIMROD.

Posted by: snowbama | October 20, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

A few days ago the story was pettish administration attacks on Fox News. Mean ol' Fox was being ugly about the health care reform -- suggesting overhaul of the overhauls in progress. No way! The White House communications director stuck out her tongue at the Foxies. Then Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod, trying to advance the agenda on CNN and ABC respectively, made things worse, declaring (in Axelrod's words) that Fox, far from presenting news, was "pushing a point of view."

Mercy! Push a point of view? Nobody in the news media would do that -- not Keith Olbermann, not Jon Stewart, not Rachel Maddow. Only those mean ol' conservatives at Fox would do anything so underhanded as question the means directed toward making over one-sixth of the U.S. economy!

As for the president, he picked up the cudgels himself, clobbering the health insurance industry in his Saturday radio and Internet message. How dare these fellows claim the Senate approach to overhaul would raise premiums 18 percent more than otherwise would happen over the next decade? "Smoke and mirrors," said the president (making fine points in the debate instantly clear). "Bogus"! And just a minute here: maybe -- maybe -- it was time to review the insurance industry's antitrust exemption.

That's right -- don't let those critics speak out when all they want to do is confuse people about the patent virtues of what the White House wants! How dare these guys! Shut up, shut up!

There's nothing in the world like freedom of speech, so long as the speaker booms out your praises, sprinkles his remarks with words and expressions such as "hope," "change" and "the fierce urgency of now." In such a case, welcome to the White House. Can we pour you a glass of lemonade, give you an autographed photo of the president? You others out there -- shut up!

Posted by: snowbama | October 20, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Romney now appears to be so stupid that joked's prediction of Palin/Romney as the GOP ticket in 2012 might actually come true.

Can you say Obama 66 percent -- Palin 34 percent? I knew you could.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 20, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Romney now appears to be so stupid that joked's prediction of Palin/Romney as the GOP ticket in 2012 might actually come true.

Can you say Obama 66 percent -- Palin 34 percent? I knew you could.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 20, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

spoke too soon.

where is Present ident Nero:

Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan - Taliban militants attacked Pakistani forces and recaptured a strategic town on Tuesday while two suicide bomb blasts at an Islamic university in the capital killed six people and wounded at least 20, officials said. The government made an immediate link between the university attack and an offensive against the Taliban, (Snip) The army on Monday captured the small town of Kotkai, the birthplace of Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud

Posted by: snowbama | October 20, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Zouk just can't keep his piehole shut.

Way to go, Ace.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 20, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Zouk just can't keep his piehole shut.

Way to go, Ace.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 20, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

finally some intelligence. Must be the lack of drivl, Loud and dumb and CF8.

Posted by: snowbama | October 20, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Will Mark Sanford donate $4,800 and attend with his "soul mate" as a couple?

Posted by: hadelaide | October 20, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Yesterday, Romney on Iran, Unalloyed Evil.

Today, Romney raises cash for DeMint.

Everyday, Republicans keep jostling to get to appear farther to the Right than each other.

Will any of them notice? The people who vote are tired of the act, tired of the actors too.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 20, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Surely this time around the Republicans can find someone more competitive than the guy who was a runner-up in the previous nominating contest.

Then again, considering the current slate of wannabes, maybe not.

The Republican's prospects look better in 2016, when Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) will likely take on Mark Warner (D-Virginia) in the general election. That's gonna be interesting.

At the moment, though, there's no currently maneuvering Republican who looks like they can truly unify the different factions of the Republican party.

Posted by: Gallenod | October 20, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Why does anyone think that 4 years will make social conservatives forget that Romney was basically pro-choice, and neutral on same-sex marriage when he ran for Governor of Massachusetts? That doesn't even address the problem that Romney has being a mormon. The social conservative Palin followers will never accept him, no matter how much the country club GOP members like the guy.

Posted by: AndyR3 | October 20, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Well that answers that question,
Romney will try to outflank Pawlenty
to the Right.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 20, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

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